Patricia Sanford of Fleur de Lis Pizza passes away - WAFB 9 News Baton Rouge, Louisiana News, Weather, Sports

Patricia Sanford of Fleur de Lis Pizza passes away

Posted: Updated:
Pat Sanford of Fleur de Lis Pizza passed away Thursday morning Pat Sanford of Fleur de Lis Pizza passed away Thursday morning
  • Most Popular StoriesMost Popular StoriesMore>>

  • Crime Stoppers searches for suspected rapist

    Crime Stoppers searches for suspected rapist

    Friday, August 22 2014 10:26 AM EDT2014-08-22 14:26:14 GMT
    Authorities are asking for the public's help in tracking down a suspect wanted for forcible rape, home invasion and felony theft. He is described as 5'7" and weighs about 160 pounds.More >>
    Authorities are asking for the public's help in tracking down a suspect wanted for forcible rape, home invasion and felony theft. He is described as 5'7" and weighs about 160 pounds.More >>
  • Viral Video: Goliath grouper snags 4-foot shark from fisherman's line

    Viral Video: Goliath grouper snags 4-foot shark from fisherman's line

    A fisherman off the coast of Bonita Springs, Florida thinks he has a pretty nice catch. As he reels in a four-foot shark, his catch is stolen by an even bigger fish. A massive grouper pulls the sharkMore >>
    A massive grouper steals a four-foot shark from a fisherman's line off the coast of Florida.More >>
  • Neighbor says father accused of beating son to death usually kept to himself, boy rarely seen

    Neighbor says father accused of beating son to death usually kept to himself, boy rarely seen

    Friday, August 22 2014 7:19 AM EDT2014-08-22 11:19:15 GMT
    A man who lives in the neighborhood of the father arrested in the beating death of his 5-year-old son said the dad was quiet and the child was rarely seen.More >>
    A man who lives in the neighborhood of the father arrested in the beating death of his 5-year-old son said the dad was quiet and the child was rarely seen.More >>
BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) -

According to the Fleur de Lis Pizza Facebook page, Patricia Sanford passed away Thursday morning. Mama Pat has been with the company for 25 years.

The Facebook post said: "We have lost a huge piece of our heart today. Mama Pat passed away this morning. She has been a part of our family for over 25 years. Rest well, Mama Pat. We'd say the pizza will never be the same without your love in it, but you'll always be here with us."

According to the social media site, 225 Magazine has named Fleur de Lis Pizza with the best pizza in Baton Rouge award, and apparently they are the undefeated champs in that category.

Here is an excerpt from Tumey's Travels from 2004:

A lot of folks say it's the best pizza in Louisiana, and it's a tradition which has been going on a long time. Owner Pam Rushing says, "My grandparents bought it in 1946. My grandmother started making pizza in '48 and just served it as an appetizer, and it caught on."

"[It] Caught on so well that the Fleur-De-Lis Cocktail Lounge was known as the Fleur-De-Lis pizza joint -- at least, in the customers' minds. The sign out front still says cocktail lounge, but inside: "It's a family restaurant. We love to see kids come in. We keep it a family atmosphere, and we plan on being around another 60 years maybe," says Pam.

Why are Fleur-De-Lis pizzas always square? -- Because grandma started making them on cookie sheets. Not only did the tradition survive, but some of the 60-year-old cookie pans are still being used.

Here is some other background on the restaurant: The Fleur de Lis story

Copyright 2013 WAFB. All rights reserved.

Powered by WorldNow