3401 Chartres St. 948-6881
This cafe has endeared itself to locals by decorating its walls with original art by local artists and offering a wide variety of events, including everything from yoga classes to live music on Saturday evenings. The Naples-style pizza has a puffy crust with a crisp bottom, and comes topped with all manner of veggies or Italian meats. New Orleans favorites and Middle Eastern dishes round out the eclectic menu. Delivery available. No reservations. Lunch and dinner Monday through Saturday. Credit cards. $

1119 Decatur St. 566-1800
1901 Sophie Wright Place 524-2419
2026 Metairie Road, Metairie 833-7662
3340 Bienville St. 827-2300
3558 Paris Road, Chalmette 270-0999

Cafe Roma has a reputation for gourmet pizza -- the barbecue chicken pie and the pesto and artichoke pie are particular favorites -- but the menu goes further. Pasta dishes include manicotti and lasagna, and the feta cheese rolls and spicy chicken wings are popular starters. Delivery available. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $

111 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Heritage Plaza, 833-7331

The popular Baton Rouge pizzeria set up shop in Metairie on Dec. 19 -- the chain's 13th location. The pizza pies are made when you order, guaranteeing freshness. Start with a salad or antipasto, then choose from more than 20 different calzone creations. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $

7900 Maple St. 866-0100
As the name aptly implies, pizza should be the signature item here, but the menu says otherwise. Crisp-crusted pizzas with piquant tomato sauce and fresh garden ingredients share the spotlight with housemade pastas and original entrees. The mussels Figaro, a dish of Atlantic blue mussels with pancetta, roma tomatoes, onions and garlic in a reduced Marsala sauce, is served over angel hair pasta. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards and checks. $$

7625 Maple St. 862-6363
Pizza is the hallmark here, but not to be ignored is the chicken portobello stromboli with chicken, mozzarella, portobello mushrooms and a spicy red pepper sauce. Have a seat on the cheerful deck and enjoy a veggie wrap filled with hummus, roasted eggplant and peppers, spinach, red onions, sun-dried tomatoes, feta and kalamata olives. Delivery available. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $

417 S. Rampart St. 522-7552
901 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie 832-1121
1530 Lapalco Blvd., Harvey 362-3657
1914 E. Judge Perez Drive, Chalmette 278-0001
3600 Williams Blvd., Kenner 469-4999
4350 Hwy. 22, Mandeville (985) 626-5252
4840 Bienville St. 482-9949
5219 Elysian Fields Ave. 288-0888
5406 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie 887-9977
5538 Magazine St. 894-0005
5650 Jefferson Hwy., Jefferson 734-3333
7770 Read Blvd. 244-7200

With a dozen franchises (along with the original) in New Orleans, you're never far from an Italian Pie for takeout or dine-in Italian food. The diverse menu offers an assortment of salads, sandwiches, pizzas, calzones, subs, pasta, chicken wings and dessert. If that weren't enough, they've recently added gourmet lavash wraps to their repertoire. Delivery available. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards.

95 French Market Place 522-9500
615 S Carrollton Ave. 866-5900
2112 Belle Chasse Hwy., Gretna 433-5800

Try the Roasted Duck Pizza, an oven-cooked specialty pie with tomatoes, mushrooms, grapes, duck, mozzarella cheese and a blackberry demi-glace. LPK also serves up pasta dishes such as the chicken Roulade, a chicken breast stuffed with crawfish and andouille sausage over a bed of fettuccine with a basil cream sauce. Reservations for large parties. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $

616 N. Rampart St. 523-5546
Those who are ready for a real meal bring on Mama's Everything Pizza, which piles onions, green peppers, black olives, mushrooms, pepperoni and Italian sausage atop the pie. Others prefer to customize their pizza, or opt for a calzone or muffaletta. Finish the meal with a rich slice of cheesecake or carrot cake. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $

2035 Metairie Road, Metairie 832-8032
Mark Twain's serves up pizza in Old Metairie, including the Mysterious Stranger Pizza, chock-full of spinach, feta cheese and your choice of two other toppings. Or try the gargantuan Life on the Mississippi, with everything on it. For lighter fare, ask for the Italian Salad, which has tomatoes, mozzarella cheese, onions, and pepperoncinis. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $

3002 Cleary Ave., Metairie 780-7500
Milano's has been satisfying customers throughout the Metairie area for the past seven years with signature pizzas such as the Primo, which comes with garlic shrimp, and Milano's famous spinach pizza. (Regular dough can be substituted for whole wheat upon request.) Milano's also carries a variety of pastas, chicken dishes and salads, featuring homemade dressing. Delivery available. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards and checks. $$

208 N. Carrollton Ave. 482-2376
5201 Magazine St. 891-2376
New York Pizza lives up to its name with ³The Big Apple² -- an amalgamation of pepperoni, Canadian bacon, onions, mushrooms, black olives, green peppers, Italian sausage and garlic. Other favorites are the sun-dried tomato pizza, and the Bronx pizza with all the meat you could possibly want: Canadian bacon, Italian sausage, salami and pepperoni. Delivery available after 5 p.m. No reservations. Lunch and dinner Tuesday through Sunday (Mid-City location closed on Monday). Credit cards. $

741 State St. 899-1414
874 Harrison Ave. 488-0133
5608 Citrus Blvd., Jefferson 818-0111

Reginelli's serves up a wide range of pizzas with different international flavors, as well as salads and appetizers. The sunny-flavored Mediterranean pizza comes loaded with garlic herb sauce, roasted garlic, sun-dried tomatoes, kalamata olives, fresh spinach and roasted red peppers. A variety of unique calzones are offered. Delivery available. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $

2701 Airline Drive, Metairie 833-1288
3222 Magazine St. 891-5152

Rocky's offers pizza fans a wide range of toppings and homemade, traditional white and whole-wheat crusts. The focaccia sandwiches top fresh herbed bread with meatballs, vegetables, or other options. Pasta dishes abound. Delivery available. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $

Anna Whittaker provides service with a smile at - ANDREAS in Metairie. - DONN YOUNG
  • Donn Young
  • Anna Whittaker provides service with a smile at ANDREAS in Metairie.

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