Italian cuisine is more famous than all the other well-known Italian imports combined, including tailor-made leather Vespas piloted by huge, luxurious mustaches. Import stomach satisfaction with today's deal: for $15, you get $30 worth of gourmet pizza and Italian eats at one of The Olive Branch Café's three locations—midtown in the American Can Company Building, Algiers, or Marrero.
The Olive Branch Café simplifies your life by beating it with an olive-laden stick and serving up similarly spectacular entrees on its ample menu, no matter which of the three flavor-fortresses your face invades. Crack a meal's tough outer shell with the pizza-bites appetizer ($5.99), a perfect way to prep appetites for a made-from-scratch Meatfest pizza pie (Italian sausage, ground beef, Canadian bacon, pepperoni, house-made crust, and red sauce, $12/$16). To deviate wildly from the circuitous pizzapath, snag a straight-laced Italian-sausage sub with house-baked bread ($7.99), or load up on pasta jambalaya (seasoned chicken breast, smoked sausage, onions, green bell peppers, and roasted-garlic cream sauce tossed with penne pasta, $11.99).
The Olive Branch Café's commitment to quality ingredients extends all the way to Europe, where they raid and pillage for the finest Spanish olives, Italian olive oil, and decadent foreign words. Play rock, paper, scissor to determine which of the three restaurants to attend, and then crush your hunger under the tremendous gravitas of the international symbol for lunch.
Tax is not included. Dine-in only. Groupon must be redeemed at only one location.
The Olive Branch Café locations have more than 600 Facebook fans. Three Citysearchers give the Algiers location five stars; 75% of Urbanspooners like the New Orleans location, and 86% of nearly 100 of them like the Marrero location:
- Went in our first time this past Friday. The staff was great, the place filled up quickly. Wonderful food and casual setting, the Shrimp Carnival exploded with flavor. – NOLAchris, Urbanspoon, Algiers location
- olive branch cafe has always had the best grilled chicken ceasar salad in the city. most items on the menu are almost as good. this restaurant is a sure thing if you''re [sic] looking for good italian fare. – Julie, Urbanspoon, Marrero location
The Olive Branch Café
It's no small feat to whip up one of The Olive Branch Café's gourmet pizzas. The painstaking process begins long before lunchtime, with chefs preparing dough fresh for the day each morning. There's barely a moment to rest before orders begin flying in and the pizza makers spring into action, showering crusts with housemade sauces and high-quality cheeses. Their brows furrowed in concentration, their hands blurs, they layer pizzas with fresh garlic, sun-dried tomatoes, and fine spanish olives. Once the pies arrive triumphantly to the dining room, the chefs turn their attention to thick muffuletta subs, plump meatball calzones, and the jambalaya pastas that caught the attention of Gambit’s Best of New Orleans guide.
Out in the casual dining room, beneath warm red walls peppered with abstract art, guests clink glasses, feeling more content than a robot in a microchip factory. There, owner Russell "Rusty" Autry often strolls around the room, greeting newcomers and exchanging jokes with regulars.