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Rotolo’s Pizzeria caters to a variety of appetites

December 31, 2018

With a game room for the kiddos, a full-size bar for the adults, and a wide selection of menu items, Rotolo’s Pizzeria, nestled on the corner of Dowlen and Delaware next to the H-E-B Plus!, offers much more than just pizza.

“We pretty much have anything you can think of,” bar manager Demi Schlageter said. “People think that we’re just pizza, but we also have wings, calzones, pasta, sandwiches, wraps, soups, and salads. It’s basically like we looked at all of our ingredients and were like what else can we make?

“We can make one type of pizza and make almost anything out of it. Our chicken alfredo can be pasta, pizza, sandwich, wrap, all kinds of different things. We have many different options for a lot of our items.”

One of many franchise locations across the South, with the original Rotolo’s opening in 1996 in Baton Rouge, the casual-Italian restaurant boasts of using fresh ingredients.

“All of our sauces are homemade,” Schlageter said. “We make two of our dressings — our Caesar dressing and balsamic vinaigrette. You can buy our dressings and pasta sauce that we make homemade. We also make a special blend of cheeses and we have different toppings for pizzas.”

Diners with special diet requirements are welcome as well.

“We’re pretty well-rounded in the sense that if someone has a certain allergy or type of request, we’ll do our best to make whatever they want, whatever their hearts desire,” Schlageter said. “We want to serve the multitude of people with their taste buds. We have plenty of vegetarian options.”

To start off, order The Krewe Cheesesticks, a spin on cheesesticks as you know it.

“They’re not normal like fried mozzarella,” Schlageter said. “These are actually baked on our dough, and we don’t put the sauce on it. We put it on the side so we bake it, cut it up, and you can dip it in the sauce like a cheesestick.”

Customer pizza favorites include The Krewe and The Popeye.

“The Krewe has all four of our cheeses which is feta, cheddar, mozzarella, and parmesan,” Schlageter said. “The Popeye — that’s our vegetarian option. It’s got roasted garlic, olive oil base, feta, spinach — all kinds of awesome veggies on it.”

Another popular dish is The Angry Pig, which includes Italian sausage, bacon, cheddar cheese, jalapeños, and is made with spicy barbecue instead of marinara sauce.

Sweets include gelato, chocolate chip brownies and cinnamon bread bites with ice cream.

In addition to their food selections, Rotolo’s also offers a full bar with 26 beers on tap.

“I really love our craft beer selection,” Schlageter said. “It’s mostly from local breweries. We’ve got some from Louisiana and Houston. We try to stay local to Texas and close by to help local businesses. We also have $2 margaritas all day, every day.”

Happy Hour runs 4-7 p.m. weekdays.

Football specials include $5 pitchers of select domestic beers all day Saturday and Sunday and on Monday and Thursday night after happy hour ends.

Rotolo’s offers limited time menus with new items constantly being created, Schlageter said, such as the fish bowl.

“One of our employees actually made up a fish bowl which has three shots in it — triple sec, vodka, and Malibu,” she said. “We actually put Swedish fish in it and we use the Blue Curacao Syrup, and it looks like they are swimming. It’s a blue drink. It’s super cute.”

Tuesdays are trivia nights at Rotolo’s, starting at 7 p.m.

“That started in July, and it’s been pretty popular,” Schlageter said. “The trivia night is in the bar area. We’ve given out prizes like free gift cards, free pizzas, and we’ve handed out Lamar tickets as a prize.”

Rotolo’s offers catering services, is on Waitr, and has its own food truck.

Kara Timberlake is a freelance writer for Cat5

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