Pizza and beer is a classic combination, and New Orleans pizza restaurants have embraced craft beer as half of the equation.
Crescent Pie & Sausage Company (www.crescentpieandsausage.com), which closed its Banks Street location and will reopen on Tulane Avenue on the former site of Pizzicare, was a pioneer, being among the first restaurants to support the emerging craft beer market. Derek Domingue, Bayou Teche Brewing's (www.bayoutechebrewing.com) director of sales, says Crescent Pie & Sausage was its first New Orleans draft account in 2009.
Pizza Domenica's (4933 Magazine St., 504-301-4978; www.pizzadomenica.com) dedication to craft beer goes back to General Manager Stephen Jeffcoat's stint at Domenica. Domenica has had a consistently diverse, high-quality bottle list, and Pizza Domenica goes one step further with a 12-tap draft system that focuses on regional and Italian craft beer to pair with wood-fired pizza.
Ancora (4508 Freret St., 504-324-1636; www.ancorapizza.com), the farm-to-table Neapolitan restaurant, has one of the most interesting draft beer selections in the city. Chef Jeff Talbot and General Manager Bryn Thompson always make sure Louisiana beers — currently Parish Brewing's (www.parishbeer.com) South Coast amber ale — are represented as well as American craft breweries such as Green Flash (www.greenflashbrew.com) and Lagunitas Brewing Company (www.lagunitas.com). Midway Pizza (4725 Freret St., 504-322-2815; www.midwaypizzanola.com) also boasts an impressive selection of craft brew taps.
At Pizza Delicious (617 Piety St., 504-676-8482; www.pizzadelicious.com), owners Mike Friedman and Greg Augarten wanted a great beer list to pair with New York-style pies. Brooklyn Brewing's Brewer's Select special release beer is always available on draft, and there are brews from NOLA Brewing, Ommegang and Founders.
Dolce Vita (1205 St. Charles Ave., 504-324-7674; www.dolcevitanola.com) offers a small selection, but it's locally focused with beers from Tin Roof, NOLA, Parish and Abita.