All the pizzas are worthy of the monikers.
With monster food portions and loaded pizzas named after famous Italian mobsters, Gendusa’s Italian Market brings an authentic taste of Italy to Kenner’s historic Rivertown area.
Owner Troy Gendusa says he draws on his childhood and Sicilian background for his spin on Italian comfort food at this charming, hidden gem.
When Gendusa’s opened in 2016, it originally started as an Italian specialty market selling imported olive oils, pastries and fresh pastas. The market quickly evolved into a full-blown restaurant starting with muffalettas and pizzas.
The lineup of pizzas are inspired by names of famous gangsters like Frank Costello, Al Capone, John Gotti and Crazy Joe Gallo — a nod to the owner’s love for crime mob films.
“'[The] Godfather,’ to me, is one of the best movies ever made; that’s my thing,” Gendusa said.
And the pizzas are worthy of the monikers. Gendusa’s pizzas come loaded interesting toppings like smoked provolone, crimini mushrooms, Genoa salami and olive salad, among other traditional toppings as well.
“When I’m making a pizza, you think you have enough, put a little more — that’s me,” Gendusa said.
The Sicilian, the best-selling pizza, is Gendusa’s version of an extravaganza pizza. The pie comes piled with toppings like mozzarella, pepperoni, artichoke hearts, kalamata olives, musrooms, roasted garlic cloves, sweet Vidalia onions and huge handfuls of homemade Italian sausage.
Gendusa’s go-big-or-go-home philosophy also extends to the unbelievable portion sizes offered to customers.
The menu also features Italian classics like chicken Parmesan, eggplant Parmesan, fettuccine alfredo, meatballs with spaghetti, muffalettas and huge meatballs.
There’s no alcohol served, though BYOB is allowed without a corkage fee. The restaurant also offers nightly specials, including a popular steak night on Thursdays.
Gendusa’s Italian Market is located at 405 Williams Boulevard in Kenner. The restaurant opens from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Sundays through Saturdays.
Created in partnership with Gendusa’s Italian Market