It's only been two years since Anthony Carron opened his first 800 Degrees Neapolitan Pizzeria in Los Angeles, and now the former corporate chef for the Mina Group has eyes for a takeover of the pizza scene in Las Vegas. Next Friday, the first of two 800 Degrees opens on The Boulevard in front of the Monte Carlo.
The restaurant, which sits between the already open Double Barrel Roadhouse and soon-to-debut Yusho from Chicago chef Matthias Merges, plans to feature 120 seats in a 3,000-square-foot dining room. Outside, find another 1,000 square feet of outdoor dining.
What makes 800 Degrees so popular since the first opened in January 2012 in Westwood Village is the build-your-own nature of the around 12-inch personal pizzas, each baked in about one minute in an 800-degree wood-burning oven.
Four classic pizzas include the Margherita for $6.65, Bianca with white sauce for $5.85, Marinara for $5.35 and Verde with pine nut-basil pesto for $7.35. Fifteen specialty pizzas make decisions easier, while add-on toppings start at $1 each.
The brand that now sports five locations including LAX turns out between 800 and 1,200 pizzas per day.
Look for the restaurant to fire up pizzas and serve beer and wine seven days a week from 11 a.m. to 2 a.m.
The pizzeria also has plans to open at the SLS Vegas, which bows Labor Day weekend, Hollywood, Pasadena and Downtown Los Angeles. Five are on the docket in New York City as well.