500BestSquarePizza @ Ciro’s Cote Sud

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The pizzas are New York-style pies with thin crusts with a thinner crisp layer at the bottom. The sauce is lusty in its use of garlic and herbs, and the cheese and toppings are first-class. The funny thing is that the owners had no intention of serving pizza when they took over the old pizzeria with the idea of serving French bistro food–which they do, very well. But the longtime customers kept asking for the pizza, and the pizza oven was still back there, so. . . why not?

Ciro's Cote Sud.

Ciro’s Cote Sud. Riverbend: 7918 Maple. 504-866-9551.

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