Randazzo’s Italian Market

240 Capitol Street

Denham Springs, LA

http://www.randazzositalianmarket.com

 

A long time ago, DBG watched comedian Mike Birbiglia perform a set in the basement of a West Village falafel hut.  He was glossing over his family pedigree and said, “You know, we are Italian, but not real Italian…more like Olive Garden Italian.” At that moment, “Olive Garden Italian” became a derogatory term used to cast aspersions upon the many Italian eateries who lost their way, cut corners and served food that looked like it came from the kitchen of Chef Boyardee.  So when a Cherry reader gave DBG a tip that an authentic Italian market had popped up in the culinary wasteland known as Denham Springs, she was both skeptical and excited.

 

Randazzo’s occupies a quaint house that sits off Florida Boulevard under an alcove of trees.  It looks like it belongs in Mid-City instead of the Big D.  Chef/owner Antonio Randazzo was born in Rome and is a REAL Italian. He brings a sense of national pride and hard work to Randazzo’s Italian Market every day.  The bread for the sandwiches and bruschetta is baked on-site. The pasta is made from scratch. The trek across the Amite River Bridge past some really dodgy strip malls is worth it.

 

DBG had a sandwich called The Emilio. It featured freshly sliced salami, spicy capocollo and mortadella, layered with provolone cheese, tomato and lettuce, and served with a spicy Italian pepper dressing.   It was divine.  The Hubs enjoyed the house made three cheese ravioli with speck ham served in a red sauce.  He used the homemade bread to polish the bowl clean.  They shared an order of tiramisu for dessert.  It was amazing. Randazzo’s also makes their own sorbets and serves them in frozen lemons or oranges.

 

Their prices are extremely reasonable. Most of the sandwiches are 5-7 dollars and the daily pasta special is $6.99.  Randazzo’s is a great place to enjoy lunch or get take out to feed the family. All meats and cheeses are available by the pound from the deli. You have no excuse to eat at Olive Garden ever again.

 

Ciao! Ciao!

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