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Pizza is taking over Las Vegas

Las Vegas is going through an Italian Renaissance —at least when it comes to pizza.

The owner of downtown’s Pizza Rock has opened a second store by the same name in Green Valley Ranch Resort, and is opening an Italian restaurant called Little Tony’s in Palace Station.

“We wanted to prove to Vegas that if we can do it in downtown, we can do it anywhere,” said Tony Gemignani, who owns a dozen restaurants in the Las Vegas market and in California.

Gemignani also opened a recent Slice House pizzeria in Green Valley Ranch — joining his three other Slice House locations in California, including one at the San Francisco Giants’ AT&T Park.

Slice House and Pizza Rock don’t compete against each other at Green Valley Ranch, Gemignani said, because Slice House is a grab-and-go concept while Pizza Rock is a sit-down restaurant.

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