Happy Italian Pizzeria

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Harahan, LA.


Open Daily at 11:00 AM

Harahan Restaurants

Happy Italian Pizzeria

Ranked #3 overall in Harahan restaurants
Italian, Pizza
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Though this place is technically in Harahan, LA (about a 25 minute drive from downtown New Orleans) it serves the most authentic Italian food you’re going to find around here. ...

DIGGING IN with Ian McNulty (The Advocate New Orleans Feb. 20, 2015)

Alligator Chili is a Friday Lenten Special at the Happy Italian in Harahan.

Alligator Chili

The Happy Italian

7105 Jefferson Hwy., Harahan

504-305-4666; HappyItalian.com

“You may remember when Archbishop Gregory Aymond confirmed that Alligator qualified as seafood for Lenten Obligations in a much publicized letter to a local parishioner. Lenny Minutillo, Jr., took the message to heart, and that’s why on Friday’s during Lent he frequently rolls out this alligator chili ($13.99 dinner/$10.99 lunch with a drink and salad or soup) at his engaging pizzeria and neighborhood café in Harahan. The alligator meat is finely ground, though it still carries its distinctive flavor and texture through a very assertive spice blend.  In the style of chili mac, it’s ladled over elbow macaroni which cuts the heat while raw onions add crunch. Minutillo doesn’t serve it every Friday, but when it appears it’s a memorable -- and compliant -- addition to the specials list.”

Trip Advisor "Best Italian Restaurant"

Happy Italian Pizzeria
 28 reviews
#1 of 125 Results
$$ - $$$ Italian Pizza

“Luscious Lasagna” 05/25/2016
“... and the Linguine with sausage and m...” 07/12/2017

Trip Advisor "Best PIZZA"
Happy Italian Pizzeria
 28 reviews
#1 of 94 Results
$$ - $$$ Italian Pizza

“Best Pizza Around” 06/14/2017
“Luscious Lasagna” 05/25/2016

American Culinary Federation of New Orleans has awarded both Chef Lenny Minutillo as one of 14 Best Chefs of 2015 and Chef Laura Minutillo, CPC one of 7 Best Pastry Chefs of 2015. 

Tom Fitzmorris of WSMB Radio & NOMENU.com.