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Pizza Lotto Slices & Slots Gambles on El Cortez

Italian dishes are now being served at the former Cafe Cortez.

Pizza Lotto Slices & Slots
Pizza Lotto Slices & Slots
Bradley Martin

There's a new casual dining option at downtown's El Cortez, taking over the shuttered Cortez Cafe and providing a full roster of pizza, calzones, soups, salads and sandwiches steps from the casino floor.

Pizza Lotto Slices & Slots is currently in soft open mode following a Jan. 8 debut and while it has yet to reveal firm opening hours, the menu offers diners options from breakfast until dinner.

Nevada paperwork lists Jeffrey Kalt, founder and CEO of Epicurean Strategic Partners, as the owner, the force that locally launched Anchor Bar, Ribs & Burgers and just a short walk away from Pizza Lotto, Siegel's 1941, the 24-hour replacement for the Cortez Cafe.

The simple, open plan and unfussy destination features breakfast choices like the Lotto Egg Sandwich with apple cured bacon for $7.50. For lunch, try the $6 pasta e fagioli, paired with a $9.50 caprese sandwich on house made ciabatta, or opt for the $10 Mama Della's meatballs served with garlic rolls or as an hot Italian hero sandwich. Calzones are priced at $12, with oven roasted chicken wings glazed with "Mom's secret CHILITALIAN glaze" at $11.

Slices are available, but guests are encouraged to try the 10-inch or 16-inch New York-style pies, like the margherita priced at $12 and $21 and the $14 and $24 parma, created with "shaved prosciutto, fresh mozzarella, arugula, parmigiana reggiano and XVOO."

Pizza Lotto Slices & Slots and El Cortez have yet to make a formal opening announcement.

El Cortez Hotel & Casino

600 Fremont Street, , NV 89101 (702) 385-5200 Visit Website

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