Pizza with Pizzazz: The LINQ’s Flour & Barley Serves Up Delicious Pies in a Playful Atmosphere
Last updated: April 22, 2014 at 1:06 pm. Posted by Jeannie Garcia in Las Vegas Restaurants, The Linq. Comments Off on Pizza with Pizzazz: The LINQ’s Flour & Barley Serves Up Delicious Pies in a Playful Atmosphere.
Not only is this 3,800-square-foot restaurant reminiscent of a baseball stadium, the food is unbelievably good. You’ll never watch a game the same way ever again. After dining here, all you’ll think about is this place!
SAVORY PIZZA AND ITALIAN EATS
Flour & Barley isn’t your average pizzeria. Not only does it serve gourmet brick oven-baked pizza, Panini sandwiches, pasta dishes and Italian-inspired appetizers, I got to enjoy delicious vegan-friendly dishes.
Before I gush about my meal, I’ll share my husband’s choices since he has the more universal appetite. He enjoyed the linguine and clams (pictured below), which consists of white wine, garlic and fresh herbs in white sauce. Let’s just say he left his plate sparkling clean. He paired his dinner with Mozzarella en Carozza – basically a fancy grilled cheese sandwich. This popular appetizer includes mozzarella, prosciutto and basil in between grilled Italian bread. It came with a tomato dipping sauce.
Ok, my fellow vegan heads – ready for some excitement? The tofu “cheese” here is so thick, gooey and perfectly melted that I thought I got real cheese by mistake. Nope! I’m very picky with my vegan cheese, so this one was on point. I ordered the Verdure – zucchini, eggplant, artichoke, mushroom and spinach, sans the pecorino (an Italian gourmet cheese) and mozzarella, as seen below. After a couple of slices, I topped my pizza with the arugula salad for an exotic finish. So flavorful and filling!
The hubby sipped Guinness on draft, while I enjoyed a lemon sorbet cocktail. We chose to dine at the peaceful 1,200-square-foot outdoor patio, which had an amazing view of the High Roller and nearby water fountains. Everything about our dinner was lovely. Could anything get better than this? (Fun fact: The outdoor patio chairs are made with recycled Coca-Cola cans.)
We also loved how the menu’s simple layout. There are enough choices to have a diverse meal, but we weren’t overwhelmed, either. The food alone is why we’ll come back on a daily, but the atmosphere made it fun too.
OK, so maybe this isn’t the best place to play catch. But the second you step foot in this sports-themed Vegas restaurant, you’ll see how Flour & Barley brings a baseball stadium to life. Metal bleachers hang from the high ceiling, so you’re right under them. The last time I was under any bleachers was when I chased my best friend at her brother’s basketball game. I found this creative concept downright neat.
Flour & Barley takes its baseball theme even further: The tables are made with ash wood, the exact wood used to make bats. There’s also a baseball wall piece assembled into a flag – bats representing the stripes, baseballs the stars. The vintage posters and classic black and white sports photography add a nice finishing touch.
The open kitchen allows you to see the gigantic brick oven, as well as the chefs in action.
OTHER FUN DETAILS
Located right next to the open kitchen, the bar is the ideal place to unwind and have a drink. I don’t think I’ve ever seen beer bottles so tall before. In addition to handcrafted cocktails and a wide draft selection, you can also order a tall can. There’s even a seasonal beer collection, so you’ll likely experience something new when you come back. You’ll be sitting in style, too. The colorful bar stools are repurposed oil drums flown in from Italy.
If you’re in a rush to check out the live acts at Brooklyn Bowl Las Vegas, or just want to eat something on the go, Flour & Barley offers a convenient walk-up window serving freshly-made slices. While the vegan cheese option is dine-in only, it gives me more of a reason to come back, chill and enjoy the scenery.
We have a feeling this new Las Vegas pizzeria will leave a lasting impression, for tourists and locals alike.