Published on 10/22/99
Old-fashioned pizza is served with a smile at Fleur
By CHERE COEN
It's been a long time since I set foot into Fleur de Lis for pizza.
It was a hot spot during my LSU days after taking in a movie at the Cortana
Mall theaters, if that gives you a clue.
So it was refreshing to find that nothing much has changed since those
days. The jukebox still sits by the door offering a variety of tunes from
rock to country, the bar remains with its colorful, eclectic decor and
the homemade pizza still arrives piping hot and served with a smile.
Old-fashioned pizza is the name of the game here. No goat cheese. No
sun-dried tomatoes. There are pickled eggs on the menu, but we didn't go
You can choose a combination, a single ingredient pizza or your own
creation. We did a little of all three.
The Round the World pizza ($6.95 small, $9.95 large) hails to the meatlovers
of the world. Anchovies, Italian sausage, mushrooms, pepperoni, salami
and onions top this tasteful smorgasbord. It's choked full of fresh meats,
hot and juicy the way meat pizzas should be.
On the other side of the world is the vegetarian pizza ($6.95 small,
$9.95 large), a combination of bell peppers, black olives, mushrooms, onions
and hot peppers. The vegetables arrive fresh and blended well with the
melted cheeses. The peppers were a tad on the sweet side, which jolted
the senses a bit, but overall the pizza was a winner.
We had to try the shrimp pizza ($6.95 small, $8.95 large), if for nothing
else than to satisfy our curiosity. The pizza could have been a cheese
pizza, for the shrimp were tiny and hardly noticeable. But that could be
a good thing. For a cheese pizza, it was excellent.
For our own creation, we picked Canadian bacon, black olives and onions
($4.95 small plus 50 cents per ingredient or $7.95 large plus 75 cents
per ingredient). The Canadian bacon was superb, the finest ingredient we
sampled. The black olives and onions were fresh and were neither heavy
nor non-existent, making the pizza a nice blend.
All of Fleur de Lis's pizzas offer a homemade, chewy crust in a 9-inch-round
pie shape as small or an 8-inch by 12-inch rectangle shape as large. Prices
are very reasonable, but larges can leave two hungry adults wanting more.
Slices are small so even children can gobble up these pizzas quickly. Better
to order a lot and be on the safe side.
Children are welcome at Fleur de Lis, even though part of the restaurant
is a bar and the dark atmosphere lends itself to a lounge-like establishment.
Equally good as eating in is taking out.
Fleur de Lis does not accept credit cards, out-of-town checks and separate
checks, other important things to note. But you can order ahead by calling
Our service on the night we visited (with several noisy children) was
excellent. We couldn't have asked for a better waitress, a woman who arrived
at our table regularly with drink refills and a smile.
Fleur de Lis is
not a place where the pizza is delivered within five minutes, so expect
a wait. Because we had to wait with several impatient children, we appreciated
the wonderful service that much more.