Mama Della’s Wednesday, Oct 3 2012 

Yum! Yum! Mama Della’s
8190 Jefferson Highway
http://www.mamadellas.com

After living in New York City for so long, DBG felt sorry for the people of Baton Rouge because Domino’s, Pizza Hut, and Papa Johns were perfectly acceptable dining options for the majority of the population.  The reality is Red Stick has been blessed with Fleur de Lis, Red Zeppelin, Roma Pizza and now Mama Della’s.

The only reasons to frequent cardboard chains are:
1.  You are hungover and you want someone to bring you something—anything.
2.  You are too busy to even think about dinner.
3.  You lost your taste buds in a weird industrial accident.

Mama Della’s specializes in thin crust New York style pizza.  DBG watched the chef toss the dough in the air through a window.  The crust is absolutely perfect.  You can fold it in half and hold it up and watch a little bit of grease drop down onto the plate.  This is what NYC pizza is.

Some people said that the owner is a little gruff, but he won DBG over when he went outside to pick some fresh basil for her pizza.  So obviously, the toppings are all fresh and top quality.  The pie had a nice zesty sauce.

As with most pizza parlors, the interior is a bit sparse and not much has been done with the space since it was Schlotzsky’s Deli years ago. But with pizza as good as what they serve at Mama Della’s, who cares about the interior?

Try the pizza Florentina or the Verona.  It won’t disappoint.  Although she didn’t taste it, their Sicilian looks very authentic too.

As God as DBG’s witness, she will never eat at Domino’s again.

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Roma Pizza Monday, Aug 13 2012 

Roma Pizza

17888 Airline Highway

Prairieville, LA

http://www.romapizzalouisiana.com/

 

What does DBG miss about NYC?  Brownstones covered in ivy, the sense that you might could randomly run into anyone at anytime, pubs run by Irishmen, the leaves in Central Park turning orange and yellow for autumn, and getting delicious pizza by the slice. 

 

Roma Pizza in Prairieville fills the void.  If you want authentic, New York hand-tossed thin crust pizza, Roma is worth the drive.  It doesn’t look like much from the outside, just a spot in a non-descript strip mall, next to a McDonalds. And the décor is pretty bare bones. But Roma is the real deal. Omar, the owner is originally from Italy and New York.  When he isn’t making pizza or giving directions to customers who got lost along the way, he is chatting with the locals who stop in for a visit. 

 

And if you go at lunch on the weekdays, you can buy it buy the slice, just like in NYC. 

 

Citizens of Prairieville, there is no excuse for you to eat at Pizza Hut, Domino’s, Papa John’s or Little Caesar’s. 

 

Now all we need is a Chicago deep dish place so DBG doesn’t have to make it from scratch.  Want the recipe?  Shoot her an email. 

 

cherrythedivebargirl@gmail.com

 

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