When discussing New Orleans cuisine, pizza isn’t generally the first thing that comes to mind. But in recent years, The Crescent City has gained quite a reputation for dishing out note-worthy thin crust Italian and New York-style pizzas. Though we don’t often live by the mantra “less is more,” the restaurants listed below have perfected the thin, delicate crust that makes pizza fans, like me, hungry for more. Here are some of our favorite local places for thin crust pizzas in New Orleans.
Domenica – Located in the breathtakingly gorgeous (and historic) Roosevelt Hotel, this John Besh restaurant is where executive Chef Alon Shaya is able to showcase his extensive knowledge of Italian cuisine. Domenica‘s rustic vegetables, pastas, and desserts are all wonderful but the real stars of the menu are the Tuscan-style pizzas. Some favorites include the Wild Mushroom with fontina cheese, crumbled bacon and a cracked yard egg, the Calabrese with spicy salami, Castelvetrano and Cherignola olives, capers, and fresh mozzarella, and the Clam flavored with pungent oregano, garlic and olive oil. Can’t decide which one sounds best? Check out their happy hour offered seven days a week from 3-6 p.m. for half-priced pizzas, wines by the glass, cocktails and beer. At $6.50 a pie, you don’t even have to make a decision, just order them all.
Ancora – The first time I ate at Ancora, owner Adolfo Garcia had to school me on what a Neopolitan pizza is. There are official rules that must be followed, from the ingredients used to the cooking methods, in order for a pizza to be considered classic Neopolitan. Ancora follows all 10 of these rules to create a pizza that is truly unique. Thin, hand-tossed dough goes into a screaming hot 870 degree oven for approximately 45 seconds. Once bubbled and golden, but not crusty, it’s removed, plated and served. Toppings are minimal, due to the short cooking time, and usually include simple, yet flavorful ingredients such as San Marzano tomatoes, fruity olive oil, garlic, fresh herbs, and Buffalo mozzarella. Ancora offers six classic preparations, like the Bianca, Margherita, and Putanesca along with a daily special that features seasonal ingredients.
Louisiana Pizza Kitchen – A veteran to the New Orleans pizza scene, LPK has been serving up hot and delicious wood-fired pizzas for more than 20 years. They offer over 15 different combinations of individually sized 9-inch pies – ranging from the classics like Four Cheese and Margherita to specialties like Roasted Duck and Smoked Salmon – and most of them cost less than $10. Friendly service and local artwork displayed on the walls keeps this place consistently fun and quirky. Share a house-made Caesar salad (served on a chilled plate), each order a pizza, and you’ve got yourself a foolproof and wallet friendly date night.
Pizza Delicious – What once operated as a Sunday only take-out pop-up has now blossomed into what owners Greg Augarten and Mike Friedman had dreamed of all along; a place where they could sell their New York inspired pies full time. Now open six days a week from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m., customers have more opportunities to try Greg and Mike’s ever-changing specials like Marinated Squash with Gremolata Breadcrumbs, House made Wild Boar with Charred Green Onion Sausage and Sweet Peppers, and Rosemary Potato with Red Onion and Spicy Bechamel. Pizza Delicious is counter service-style, offers a nice view into the kitchen, and smells heavenly upon walking in. This is where pizza dreams really do come true.
All photos by Emily Smith.
Emily Smith is a native New Orleanian and writer of Fleurdelicious. She is enthusiastic about food here, there, everywhere!