Yukon Pizza has come a long way since it first stepped into the Las Vegas scene years ago. In fact, we remember the days founder Alex White would taste test vegan pizzas with us in his backyard. After a successful stint at Downtown’s Vegas Test Kitchen, Yukon Pizza is set to open it’s own, full-scale brick-and-mortar restaurant in spring 2022 in Las Vegas.
Opening in the Huntridge neighborhood, owners Cameron White, Dani Garcia-White and Chef Justin Forward, along with Alex, are bringing their popular wood-fired sourdough pizzas to the masses.
The sourdough starter is more than 100 years old
What we really dig is that the sourdough starter is a White family heirloom, tracing back more than a century to its inception during the Klondike Gold Rush of the Yukon Territory.
Alex was gifted the starter by his father when he left to attend UNLV more than a decade ago. While it had been traditionally used for pancakes, breads and biscuits, Alex decided to try something different. He started making Neoplitan-style sourdough pizza. Soon, he was hosting pizza parties to hone his craft and the buzz started.
Initially, Yukon was doing pop-ups and offering catering for weddings and small private events. During the pandemic, Alex who was previously a Steadicam operator, had his industry come to a grinding halt. So, he started to offer affordable pizzas to help feed people who were also out of work. As demand increased, Alex began to realize it was time to take it to the next level.
When invited to join Vegas Test Kitchen in 2020, he brought in Chef Justin Ford to help elevate the pizzas, and his family to help run the business.
“We are excited to realize our dream that we’ve had for a decade, to make pizza and feed our friends and family in our own neighborhood,” says Alex. “We look forward to being good stewards to our community in the historic Huntridge district.”
Vegan pizza in Las Vegas
In case you’ve never had their pizzas (and you really, really should), they’re a welcome permanent addition to the vegan-friendly pizza scene in Las Vegas. For vegan cheese, they’re using Teeze. It’s a soy-free, gluten-free vegan cheese.
Ford is no stranger to making pizzas; he’s been working with top-rated chefs like Wolfgang Puck and has curated artisan pizzas and more.
Yukon Pizza will be open for lunch and dinner and offer vegan and gluten-free options. Prices run from $10 – $25.
Located in the Huntridge Shopping Center, 1120 S. Maryland Pkwy., Yukon joins Huntridge Tavern, Wingstop and more.
If you can’t wait until 2022 to get your hands on their ‘za, head to Vegas Test Kitchen, 1020 Fremont St., Thurs. – Sat. They’ll be pumping out fresh pizzas until they open their own location.