BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - The founders of Izzo's Illegal Burrito and LIT Pizza, Ozzie Fernandez and Gary Kovacs, are bringing their latest restaurant, Rocca Pizzeria, to Government St. in Baton Rouge this summer.
The new wood-fired oven pizzeria will be located at 3897 Government St. in Baton Rouge, which was formerly the location of Goûter. The new restaurant will feature a Forza Forni wood-fired oven imported from Italy, which cooks pizza in under 90 seconds at temperatures between 900 and 1,000 degrees. The restaurant will also feature a walk-up counter service offering specialty pizzas, small plates, salads, craft beers on tap, and a wide wine selection by the bottle or glass.
"Rocca Pizzeria was created out of our desire to introduce an authentic Naples-style pizzeria in Baton Rouge where the experience revolves around high quality ingredients cooked in a wood-fired oven. We want to stay true to an age-old Italian tradition, but with a modern-day twist using fun combinations of ingredients. We are excited to open in Mid-City and becomes part of that great community and culinary scene," said Fernandez.
The restaurant's historic building in Mid-City features exposed brick and stucco similar to rustic Italian architecture. The interior design will feature a view of the oven and kitchen area.
Fernandez and Kovacs are working with a local marketing agency and architect to develop their brand and the building. The two founded Izzo's in 2001 and opened LIT Pizza in 2016. Izzo's has 17 locations across Louisiana and Mississippi while LIT Pizza is located at the south gate of LSU. Fernandez and Kovacs hope to open more locations of LIT Pizza across Louisiana in the future.