If you’ve been craving East Coast pizza, Lucino’s Pizza has you covered. The family-owned restaurant opened November 2019 and boasts numerous vegan options on the east side of town. Filling a void in the neighborhood left by Pancho’s Vegan Tacos (they moved down the street), the Philadelphia-inspired pizza joint is the latest spot to up the ante in the ever-growing vegan pizza scene in Las Vegas.
Let’s start with the vegan options you can devour to start your meal. Lucino’s offers garlic breadsticks. These generously garlicky sticks come with a side of sauce for dipping. Baked to order, these sticks come brushed with a garlic and olive oil bread. Ask for the sticks to be made without the sprinkle of parmesan and you’re all set.
Lucino’s also serves cauliflower wings that you’ll love. Order them tossed in the hot teriyaki garlic for a little zing and a lot of flavor, or try one of the other vegan sauces like Old Bay, BBQ, teriyaki, mango habañero and more.
The menu also features Classic Philly-Style Boats with a vegan melt. Stuffed inside a toasted sub you’ll find eggplant, fresh tomatoes and spinach, roasted red peppers all topped with Chao cheese.
If you’re in the mood for a stromboli, Lucino’s has a vegan boli filled with fresh spinach, tomatoes, fresh garlic, mushrooms, onions, roasted red peppers and vegan cheese.
Finally, there’s the pizza. Lucino’s is one of the only restaurants in town using the Fuji Plant Protein Lab’s Nozzarella. This soy-based cheese melts and pulls and has a rich taste so it’s worth ordering a pie to see for yourself. You can build your own vegan pizza or order the Vegan Lovers pie topped with fresh spinach, tomatoes, fresh garlic, mushrooms, onions, roasted red peppers and the melted Nozzarella cheese.
Lucino’s also serves sides like Old Bay fries and salads, but let’s be real — you’re here for the pizza.
3421 E. Tropicana Ave., 89121, 702-205-2414; 11 a.m – 1 a.m.
Diana Edelman is the founder of Vegans, Baby and has emerged as the face of plant-based dining in Las Vegas and the leading plant-based restaurant consultant in the city. She spent a decade in the travel blogging world before switching gears to work in elephant rescue in Thailand. Diana travels the world to meet chefs and try vegan food, as well as speak at events focusing on travel, tourism, veganism and entrepreneurship. She’s a partner with the prestigious James Beard Foundation and curates their Vegas Vegan Dinners at the James Beard House. Diana is also a partner with Life is Beautiful, curating the all-vegan Farm Stand.