By Sandy Zimmerman (Photos by Evel Pie)
Why did a pizzeria pay tribute to the daredevil, wild stuntman Evel Knievel? This one-of-a-kind pizzeria, Evel Pie, is operated in cooperation with Evel Knievel’s son Kelly.
Evel Knievel’s history for his unbelievable stunts is known in Las Vegas, the Grand Canyon and at other locations. The General Manager and Chef Vincent Rotolo spoke fondly about Evel Knievel, “Evel was an ordinary guy like you and I, but he had a dream and went for it, He taught us that everyone can jump, but not everyone can stick the landing.” Rotolo felt that Evel was an inspiration for the working man.
Hearing about Evel’s dangerous feats from the people who knew him, the crowd were happy to be a part of their grand opening. It was a festive occasion with pizza-making and special Cheesy Rider pizza-making demonstrations.
Evel’s son Kelly Knievel joined the guests with authentic New York style pizza, all-American beers and cocktails, and Knievel-themed games. Attendees got their chance to be daredevils by sampling some of the restaurant’s specialty pizzas like the “Balls to the Wall” topped with Evel’s special homemade meatballs, Sunday gravy, mushrooms and onions; “Evel Pie’s Goblin Sausage” with spicy pepperoni, chorizo, Italian sausage and bacon; and “World Famous Snake River Special” featuring rattlesnake jalapeno sausage, onions, bell peppers and fresh garlic.
Inspired by classic American 1970s pizza shops, Evel Pie is decorated with Evel Knievel memorabilia, a life-size taxidermied bighorn sheep, a hand painted mural of Snake River Canyon, and an illuminated marquee sign bearing the restaurant’s motto, “Live Hard, Ride Fast, Eat Pizza.”
In between slices, guests can try their luck on a vintage Evel Knievel-themed pinball machine and stunt cycle arcade game. For the daredevils, pop wheelies on the back patio on a custom adult-sized motorcycle ride while enjoying classic 70s rock, new wave and the roots of hip hop and punk.
Evel Pie is at 508 Fremont Street in downtown Las Vegas serving pizza, well cocktails and beer until the early hours of the morning in a one-of-kind environment featuring memorabilia, pinball machines, dogtown skateboards and a statue of Evel Knievel.
Open Sunday – Thursday 11 a.m. to 2 a.m., Friday and Saturday- Sat. 11 a.m.- 4 a.m. For more information or to make a reservation, please visit evelpie.com or call 702.840.6460.
High Horse co-founders and Evel Pie managing partners Jeff Fine, Branden Powers and Seth Schorr were on-hand to unveil the lifesize statue of Evel Knievel standing on top of a cheese pizza and to conduct the ceremonial ribbon cutting, officially marking the opening of the business.
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