Pizza with Pizzazz: The LINQ’s Flour & Barley Serves Up Delicious Pies in a Playful Atmosphere

Posted Monday, March 24, 2014 by in Las Vegas Restaurants, The Linq. No Comments.

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Exterior shot of Flour & Barley at The LINQ

Located right by Sprinkles and Brooklyn Bowl, Flour & Barley at The LINQ is one of Las Vegas’ most exciting places to open this spring.

Typically when you think of food at baseball stadiums, hot dogs immediately come to mind. Flour & Barley, Las Vegas’ newest pizzeria at The LINQ, is about to change all of that.

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.

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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!

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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.

PLAY BALL!

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.

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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.

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Just one of many charming displays at Flour & Barley.

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.

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About The Author

Jeannie Garcia is a digital content editor at Caesars Entertainment based in Las Vegas. The Seattle native moved to the desert after her dad hit the jackpot in the mid-90s. Garcia graduated UNLV in 2005 with a degree in Journalism and a minor in English. Since then she covered Vegas travel news, specifically spa, tour and attraction features. At Caesars Entertainment, Garcia writes online copy for the Las Vegas market and Total Vegas Blog. In her free time, Garcia whips up vegan comfort food, checks out the latest-and-greatest Vegas openings and spends time with her husband, two cats and dog.

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