Italian Restaurants in Central

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When Buck's Pizza was founded by Lance Benton in Du Bois, Pennsylvania, in 1994, it was staffed by four people, three of whom were Lance's family members. Eventually, Buck's blossomed into a successful network of franchises across the East Coast, South, and West.

Its guests chow down on bubbly pizzas made from freshly mixed dough, Central Valley California tomatoes, and rich mozzarella cheese. Or, they sink their teeth into meaty hoagies and toasty stuffed strombolis and take swigs of homemade sweet tea.

25765 La Highway 16
Denham Springs,
LA
US

CiCi’s Pizza combines the variety of a buffet with the thrill of bottomless pizza. Each pie is crafted with dough made from scratch daily and then slathered with homemade marinara and showered with toppings ranging from traditional pepperoni and Italian-style sausage to creative combinations including buffalo chicken and mac 'n' cheese. The buffet is stocked with a plethora of fresh pastas, as well as signature salads with the option to put tossing talents to the test at the salad bar. After they've feasted on savory options, diners can revisit the buffet for dessert including freshly baked brownies, slices of apple pizza, and cinnamon rolls drizzled with icing—or they can eat dessert first, thereby tearing an irreparable hole in the space-time continuum.

7060 Siegen Ln
Baton Rouge,
LA
US

Forging a happy medium between the silver spoons of white-tableclothed fine dining and the greasy spoons of the neighborhood greasy spoon, Portobello’s Grill serves lunch, dinner, and weekend brunch in both its dining room and airy outdoor patio. The dinner tuba heralds the arrival of a pair of savory fire-grilled pork chops ($17.99) or cedar-roasted salmon ($17.99) dolloped with creole lemon cream. The Grill's namesake, the grilled portobello sandwich, is a bread-bookended pile of grilled mushroom and eggplant slices backed up by pepper jack, spinach, tomatoes, onions, and mayo, and is more suited to midday cravings ($10.50). Accidentally conjoined mad scientists can share a brunch of sweet and savory delights when they order bananas-foster french-toast ($13.99) and crab-cakes benedict smothered in creolaise sauce ($13.99).

7622 Old Hammond Hwy
Baton Rouge,
LA
US

Contemporary Italian cuisine can be found at Ruffino's. Low-fat and gluten-free options are featured on the menu as well. Drinks all around! Pair your dinner with a beverage from Ruffino's' full bar. Bring your whole brood to Ruffino's, where families can dig in to tasty and kid-friendly fare together.

No need to dress up for a trip to Ruffino's — the casual restaurant encourages laid-back attire. For those in a hurry, the restaurant lets you take your grub to go. Hosting a swanky shindig? Call up Ruffino's for their catering services.

For convenience, diners can park in a neighboring lot.

Ruffino's' mid-priced fare will typically cost you about $30 per person or less. Breakfast, lunch, and dinner are all served at the restaurant, but reviewers rate the dinner menu the highest.

18811 Highland Rd
Baton Rouge,
LA
US

The Mellow Mushroom has locations all across the U.S. serving a diverse menu of pizzas, hoagies, calzones and salads. Unlike many pizza places, the Mellow Mushroom cooks up premium dishes like bruschetta, magic mushroom soup, oven-roasted wings and stuffed portabella mushrooms just to name a few. They offer build-your-own salads and pizzas where you can create a one-of-a-kind dish especially for your palate. They encourage the support of local breweries by serving a unique selection of craft beers. They offer a special catering menu and a few gluten-free food choices. The Mellow Mushroom has been in business since 1974 and offers excellent franchising opportunities. The Baton Rouge restaurant is located at 4250 Burbank Drive in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.

4250 Burbank Dr
Baton Rouge,
LA
US

Schlittz and Giggles may have a funny name, but when it comes to food, this restaurant means serious business. Earning its name from the can of malt liquor it uses in every batch of its signature pizza dough, Schlittz and Giggles serves up savory New York style pies to its patrons in an effort to bring down even the biggest appetites. Try the cleverly-named My Big Fat Greek Pizza for a scrumptious blend of feta, artichoke heart, red onion, tomato, spinach, olives and basil that will kill your craving for Mediterranean flavor—or create your own pizza. Schlittz and Giggles aims to please, so come on down to Baton Rouge's favorite pizzeria and see what appeals to you.

301 3rd St
Baton Rouge,
LA
US