Las Vegas restaurant serves up grasshopper pizza as plague sweeps city

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(Steve Marcus/Las Vegas Sun via AP)
(Steve Marcus/Las Vegas Sun via AP)

A Las Vegas restaurant is making a feature of the city’s grasshopper invasion by serving up the insects on their pizzas.

Evel Pie, a restaurant themed around daredevil stuntman Evel Knievel, is sprinkling grasshoppers on its latest creation, the Canyon Hopper.

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The pizza is topped with chorizo, goats’ cheese, caramelised onions and rocket – as well as grasshoppers seasoned with lime and garlic.

In a Facebook post, Evel Pie conceded that it “sounds nasty”, but added: “This pizza is damn good! It surprised us.”

According to meteorologists, the number of grasshoppers in the area ballooned thanks to a wet winter and spring, and they were attracted to the city thanks to its famous lights.

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But don’t expect to see Evel Pie staff members on the Strip scooping them up for their menu – these insects have been imported from Mexico.

For adventurous diners, the pizzeria also lists rattlesnake sausage among its available toppings.

Branden Powers, a managing partner at Evel Pie, told the Las Vegas Review-Journal: “That’s kind of the spirit of Evel Knievel and the spirit of Evel Pie is just to always be a daredevil with your taste buds. Take chances. Take risks.”

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