Pizza is something that people hold sacred, partly because people who have visited New York can get snooty and act like they’ve had the “real stuff” after paying $2 for a couple slices and partly because anyone can throw canned tomato sauce on some dough and it still tastes alright. I’m from Illinois and we definitely do enjoy our deep dish (IT’S NOT A CASSEROLE IT’S A FAMILY TRADITION) but we’re all drunk children compared to the gods making real Neapolitan pizza like they make at Settebello.
Settebello is in The District, a little outdoor shopping center just across from Green Valley Ranch, the only casino directly in the Henderson area. It’s actually a beautiful little spot and definitely not what you’d expect to be right next to a casino. I have a friend who lives in an apartment nearby and I can say with utmost confidence I would eat at Settebello almost every day if I lived there.
They’re a very traditional Italian pizzeria, with a few basic antipasti and their woodfire pizza oven. The floor is sprinkled with flour and you can tell how many pizzas they must churn out a day.
Settebello offers a pretty extensive Italian microbrew menu and they actually try to pair their favorite beers with their favorite pizzas, so if you feel like trying a few brewskis feel free to ask your server for the beer list. A few times, they’ve even done a beer and pizza tasting with the brewery owners.
Italian food is all about simple ingredients used well and shown in their best light and so the best way to figure out if a place is good is to order the simple stuff. If they mess it up, it’s not a place I will give my business. One of my favorite dishes to test this out is a caprese salad, and I have to say that way more places botch it than I might want to admit. Settebello nails it, with perfect balance of proportions. You can get some of everything in each bite and they don’t drown it in oil or vinegar. You don’t end up with 10 uneaten rounds of tomatoes or a pile of cheese at the end. And they bring out extra balsamic just in case you need it. If I were skinny, this would be all I need to be happy.
We also decided we need to try the meatballs which aren’t always on the menu. Slightly dry in the middle but the sauce was simple and delicious. The flatbread was fine but seems like too much. I would be fine with just the meatballs but some people need to have something to dip into the sauce I guess.
Lastly, there’s nothing I can say about the pizza except it’s almost perfect. We ordered two, one being the Margherita because I feel like it’s the best way to judge if a pizza place is up to snuff and one my buddy Gabe ordered from the specials list. It featured a jalapeno pear marmalade which I chastised him for.
I can say hands down that these were probably the two best pizzas I have ever had. Perfect pizza crust is hard to do and I won’t claim it was flawless here. It didn’t stand up as well as it could’ve but the outside was nice and crispy, it was very light and didn’t overpower the toppings at all. The balance of the sauce and the cheese was phenomenal and I love how they left it on long enough for the little blisters to form on the edge. A real sign of a properly cooked pizza.
The real star, however, was the jalapeno pear marmalade. It completely blew me away. It sounds weird at first, but it added a subtle spicy sweetness to the whole pizza that balanced incredibly with the acidic tomato sauce and the great mozzarella they use. The red onions had some great texture. I usually always stick with the Margherita because it’s so simple and perfect but I think I have a new favorite.
Apps will run you less than $10 and the pizzas are perfect size for one person and will run you twelve bucks.
Settebello is THE pizza place to go to in town. I’ve heard a million people offer up just as many places that offer “the best” but none even really hold a candle to this. Come for the beer, the pizza, the meatballs, whatever you want. Just come here.
Locations: The District at Green Valley Ranch, 140 S Green Valley Pkwy, Henderson, NV 89012
Phone: (702) 222-3556
9350 W Sahara Ave #170, Las Vegas, NV 89117
Hours: Open daily · 11:00 am – 10:00 pm