Pizza Nola Celebrates 5th Anniversary In Lakeview
NEW ORLEANS – Pizza Nola, voted one of the Top 10 Pizzerias in New Orleans by New Orleans Magazine, is turning 5 today.
Owner Will Samuels said, “Pizza Nola's official opening day was October 8, 2010, and we are thrilled and thankful to have made it through our first five years. Since our opening, it's been a myriad of great food, movie nights, fun events, tasty breakfasts, refreshing gelato, social media shenanigans and Sharknado celebrations.”
Samuels was one of the young entrepreneurs to bring Rotolo’s upstairs to The Blue Nile on Frenchman Street via a marketing arrangement with the Baton Rouge founders to use their name and ingredients. He then set up a French Quarter storefront at 201 Decatur St., but ended up unloading the corner pizzeria in favor of a gelato outpost in Old Metairie.
It was at La Dolce Nola that Samuels and his wife Jennifer started serving gelato, candy, baked goods and chocolate covered everything. But, when Samuels found a Lakeview pizza place for sale on Craig’s List in 2010 they decided to bite.
The former Mrs. Pizza became Pizza Nola, and the turn-key business soon cultivated a strong customer base and served clockwork regulars.
The Samuels decided not to renew their lease at La Dolce Nola, and instead combined their confectionary concepts into Pizza Nola, selling their popular gelato and sorbetto flavors alongside their pizza, sandwiches, wings, salads, wraps, pasta and spinach and artichoke dip at their West Harrison digs.
With 10 employees and Jennifer’s culinary concepts, Pizza Nola makes practically everything in-house, 7 days a week – from the pizza dough to the sauces to the ground beef and turkey meatballs, all the sandwich breads, garlic knots, crostinis, salad dressings, jams, gelato and sorbetto.
Pizza Nola’s BAWK! Breakfast, starts at 7:00 a.m., Fridays through Sundays, including delivery, and offers homemade Challah bread French toast and pancake batter, praline sauce, sausage gravy, pure maple syrup and freshly-squeezed orange juice and orange-carrot-ginger juice. Specialty breakfast items include BBQ shrimp and grits, biscuits and gravy, Nutella-stuffed French toast, homemade strawberry and pecan waffle and chicken and waffles.
Fans of the joint should keep an eye on Pizza Nola’s social media outlets today. The restaurant will be announcing a secret birthday special for Twitter and Facebook fans.