James Beard award-winning chef Shawn McClain brings his first casual concept, FIVE50 Pizza Bar, to Aria. McClain puts his twist on East Coast and Sicilian-style pizzas, paired with an impressive selection of craft beers.
The name FIVE50 is inspired by the temperature at which the pizza is cooked, and the time when the pizza bar celebrates a special happy hour offering daily.
Guests can order one of FIVE50's signature 16-inch pies or choose to build their own concoction.
The signature pizzas include a mouthwatering truffle pizza with potato, truffle salami, béchamel and fresh-shaved truffle.
Meat lovers will enjoy the Gotham, created with house-made sausage, pepperoni and salami with a rich tomato sauce.
Other options include everything from a simple margherita pizza to the more adventurous North Beach, which is topped with clams and smoked mozzarella or the Farmstead, which features prosciutto, olives and a farm egg.
For those who opt to build their own pizza, toppings include sweet peppers, wood-fired tomatoes, pedron peppers, whipped ricotta, white anchovy, smoked bacon and much more.
Beer is the perfect companion to pizza and FIVE50's beer program doesn't disappoint. There are 12 craft brews on tap, including regional and local selections. There are also a variety of international and domestic beers available, as well as wine and specialty cocktails. The Lemon Basil is a refreshing choice, made with Ketel One Citroen, Stiegl Lemon Shandy and fresh basil.
While pizza is the main attraction at FIVE50, the restaurant also serves a delicious array of gourmet small plates, handmade pastas, an artisanal charcuterie selection and decadent desserts.
If you're just stopping in for a beer, be sure to check out the snacks menu ($5- $6), which includes marinated olives, warm ricotta served with toasted bread and pork rinds dusted with malt vinegar powder and cheddar cheese powder.
The menu features a variety of small plates to share. The must-try is the shaved pork belly porchetta -- pork rolled in herbs, sliced extremely thin, marinated in honey and vinegar for 48 hours and roasted. It is served carpaccio style with grilled peaches and black garlic.
Another favorite is the marinated octopus crostini -- roasted fennel puree, eggplant caponata, and poached Spanish octopus served on grilled rustic baguette.
If you want to start your meal with a salad, try the heirloom tomato salad served with creamy burrata, olive oil and basil puree. It's simple, yet delicious.
Pasta lovers can choose from several dishes including a wild mushroom ravioli with braised veal, capers and Castelvetrano olives.
There's also a variety of charcuterie available including meats like soppresata, cotto and finocchiona paired with cow,sheep and goat cheeses.
No matter what you decide to dine on at FIVE50, be sure to save room for dessert. The milk chocolate lavender custard is to die for -- chocolate streusel, whipped crème fraiche and chocolate pearls flavored with a hint of lavender. Ice cream sandwiches, a beer float, fried zeppole and a smoked aprict crostata round out the dessert offerings.
FIVE50 Pizza Bar is open daily for lunch, dinner and late-night eats.