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2701 Airline Drive, Metairie. 833-1288
The name of this pizzeria tells you everything: New York-style pizza with no frills is the order of the day. You'll be in good company if you order the bestselling 20-inch pizza with the works. No reservations. Lunch and dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $

910 W. Esplanade Ave., Kenner 467-8555; 1101 N. Causeway Blvd., Metairie 833-7662; 1901 Sophie Wright Place 524-2419
Specialty pizzas and pasta dishes are on the menu at this eatery, which goes traditional pizza joints one better: Besides the housemade sauce and dough, Café Roma features linen tablecloths — a refined touch for an otherwise casual space. Reservations accepted for groups of six or more. Lunch and dinner daily. Delivery available. Credit cards. $$

8160 Hwy. 23, Belle Chasse 393-1160
This restaurant run by Brooklyn natives boasts the "best New York pizza anywhere!" If you're not in the mood for a pie, try a cheese steak sandwich or an Italian specialty such as lasagna or Italian sausage and peppers. No reservations. Lunch and dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $

4941 W. Napoleon Ave., Metairie 885-3515
In business for 20 years, Gio's prides itself on its housemade dough and sauce and the fresh vegetables it uses for pizza toppings. The menu also features Italian specialties such as eggplant, veal or chicken Parmesan and manicotti. Reservations accepted. Dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

4250 Hwy. 22, Mandeville (985) 674-5700; 70452 Hwy. 21, Covington (985) 875-7620
Gourmet pizza is what's on the menu at this budding Northshore chain, and a casual atmosphere means the entire family is welcome. Spinach or artichoke with pesto or garlic-herb sauce satisfy vegetarians; heartier appetites might choose the 16-inch Isabella pizza, which comes with everything. Reservations accepted for large groups. Delivery available. 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; 3600 Williams Blvd., Kenner 469-4999; 4350 Hwy. 22, Mandeville (985) 626-5252; 5406 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie 887-9977; 5538 Magazine St. 894-0005; 5650 Jefferson Hwy., Harahan 734-3333;
The menu is long at this hometown favorite, which serves pizza, pasta, salads and sandwiches. Specialty fare such as Cajun or Hawaiian pizza goes head to head with traditional favorites. Try a seafood sub or a shrimp Florentine calzone for a different take on Creole Italian. No reservations. Delivery available at some locations. Hours vary with locations. Credit cards. $

95 French Market Place 522-9500; 615 S. Carrollton Ave. 866-5900
The name may sound utilitarian, but the ambience is sophisticated in this well-established restaurant. Refined palates may appreciate the lamb or garlic pizzas or even the popular chicken roulade, a breast of chicken with crawfish and andouille stuffing on fettuccine. Reservations recommended for large parties. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $

2035 Metairie Road, Metairie 832-8032
After 21 years, Mark Twain's is practically a landmark in a commercial strip on Metairie Road. Owner Dan Greenbaum says the specialty pizzas are a steady favorite with customers; the Italian pizza with salami, tomato, artichoke, sausage and basil is just one example. No reservations. Lunch and early dinner Tue.-Sat. Credit cards. $

3002 Cleary Ave., Metairie 780-7500
This is a small restaurant, well hidden from main-street traffic, but it's worth seeking out. The artichoke pizza with garlic sauce offers flavors both sharp and mellow, and the salads are memorable. No reservations. Delivery available. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

1212 Royal St. 522-6746
New owners and new management of this 18-year-old French Quarter staple have promised to keep doing what Mona Lisa's customers love best: standard dishes such as the Mardi Gras pasta — linguine tossed with shrimp and sausage in a spicy red sauce. At press time, the restaurant was working on a liquor license. Reservations accepted for large groups. Delivery available in the French Quarter and Marigny. Credit cards. $$

1112 Ave. H, Westwego 341-9650;
Mo's is known for its friendly, casual atmosphere, and families and sports teams often crowd the dining room. Counter-service only — no wait staff — expedites ordering. The muffuletta and any 20-inch pizza are popular here. Look for daily special on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. No reservations. Lunch and dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $$

5201 Magazine St. 891-2376
Craving something thin and crispy? If Paris Hilton isn't available, look to New York Pizza, whose 26 years in business have made it popular with Uptowners, college students and others. The Big Apple, a pizza with everything, is a big draw. Salads and wings round out the menu. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

4445 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie 888-7888
At 1 year old, Pizza Florence is a mere infant — and one that's almost visually lost at the chaotic intersection of Veterans Memorial Boulevard and Clearview Parkway. Still, its crunchy chicken Caesar wrap is filling yet light-tasting, and garlic-chicken and spinach-artichoke pizzas taste fresh and homemade. No reservations. Delivery available. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

741 State St. 899-1414; 817 W. Esplanade Ave., Kenner 712-6868; 5608 Citrus Blvd., Harahan 818-0111; 3244 Magazine St. 895-7272;
Reginelli's balances unusual ingredients with a homey atmosphere to create another New Orleans original. The pizza's great, but sandwiches and entrees hold their own against the pie: Managers estimate that each restaurant cranks out as many as 50 chicken salads a day. That's because they're composed of marinated, grilled chicken, apple, Gorgonzola and pecans served with a balsamic-citrus vinaigrette. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $

301 N. Hwy. 190, Covington (985) 893-0005; 106 Hwy. 190, Slidell (985) 641-4004; 1723 Manhattan Blvd., Suite T, Harvey, 363-3232
Sicily's features a whopping 33-item salad bar to complement its pizza, and the pasta bar stretches beyond plain old spaghetti. Choose from beans, lasagna, gumbo, baked chicken, crawfish penne and more. Reservations available for large parties. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards and checks. $

513 St. Charles Ave. 525-7437Slice is situated in a super-skinny piece of real estate — check out the back dining rooms beyond the kitchen. Neapolitan-style pizza rules, but diners can buy any pizza by the slice and can add or subtract toppings as they choose. A full coffee bar, Italian sodas and organic teas make this pizza destination a do-over. No reservations. Lunch and dinner Tue.-Sat. Credit cards and checks. $

4218 Magazine St. 894-8554;
A casual feel is what Theo's Neighborhood Pizza offers, even though it's smack in the middle of hip Magazine Street. Families and students clamor for its Arti-Garlic, Jammer's "O"riginal and Meathead selections. Another good bet is the pepperjack sandwich. Theo's deserves kudos for its early return to business after the storm. No reservations. Lunch and dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $$

2104 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie 833-9373
Word of mouth has kept this 60-seat Metairie eatery going into its third decade. Traditional choices such as pepperoni pizza, spaghetti and salads feed lots of hungry folks from the neighborhood. Plus, the staff prides itself on its excellent service. No reservations. Dinner daily. Cash only. $


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