Flour & Barley merges pizza joint and craft beer bar
In the Linq Promenade, you’ll find one of the best pizza joints in Vegas—Block 16 Hospitality’s Flour & Barley. The restaurant serves up fresh brick-oven pizzas, Italian specialties and a variety of craft beers in an energetic atmosphere looking out on the bustle of the pedestrian mall. They also offer brunch on Saturdays and Sundays, but that’s a whole ’nother story.
Starting with a beer here is almost demanded; some of Las Vegas’ own brewpubs are featured, including Tenaya Creek, Joseph James and Big Dog’s (Tenaya Creek’s Hauling Oats is a particularly good stout). There are plenty of options on the beer menu, though, from Anchor Mango and Kona Longboard to good old Budweiser. If you’d rather have a cocktail, though, you’ve got it—Flour & Barley recently introduced the Nonno with Bulleit, amaretto and angostura bitters on the rocks, and the Bloody Mary brings plenty of spice to the classic drink.
And what pizza should accompany your beverage? You can’t go wrong with the Parma, where mozzarella, Parmesan, ricotta, arugula and prosciutto come out over San Marzano tomato sauce and a perfectly charred crust. If you prefer a white sauce, the Quattro pops with ricotta, Gorgonzola, Parmesan and mozzarella, plus savory roasted tomato. All of the pizzas can be made with gluten-free dough, too.
You can get other Italian dishes, too—chicken Parm sandwiches join teriyaki glazed salmon and shrimp, bucatini alla Bolognese and penne alla vodka. The Alfredo primavera comes chock-full of peas and tomatoes, with a hearty dollop of ricotta to round it out.
Nosh: Flour & Barley
Although you might not be thinking about appetizers and sides, we’d be remiss not to tell you of the meatballs—beef, veal and pork make up the base and tomato sugo and Parmesan cover them. You can easily make a meal of these. And have you ever heard of pizza fries? Rich tomato sauce, mozzarella and jalapeños cover a dish of fries, and it’s spectacular to see mozzarella stretched from your fork to plate. Another side sees a fried egg atop crispy Brussels sprouts, with the yolk just waiting to be broken and stirred throughout. It’s so good.
Like any good Italian place, Flour & Barley’s menu features cannoli. Those cylindrical pastry shells are filled with a ricotta-mascarpone cream and dipped in chocolate chips on one end and pistachios on the other. The gelato panini makes for a slightly different dessert—a toasted sweet bun is filled with the gelato of the day—it might be pistachio or some other flavor, but holy cannoli, it’s tasty. Order an espresso to wash it down, and your work here is done.
The Linq Promenade 11 a.m.-midnight daily. 702.430.4430