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Lescotti’s Pizza now open


West End is home to a new Italian-American family restaurant: Lescotti’s Pizza.

“We’re excited about them,” said Tommy Vann of Vannland Ltd., the landlord of West End.

LeScotti’s Pizza will be located in the former Gondolier space, which most recently housed Muddoggs Cajun Grille.

Owner Scott Frix said he wasn’t concerned about the space, which has become a kind of revolving door for restaurants.

“We’re not here for the short term; we want to be here for the long term,” he said.

“And we’re very appreciative of the support the community has already given us,” he added.

Lescotti’s will offer a variety of homemade pizzas, pastas, salads and subs, both made-to-order and from a buffet available at certain hours.


“We’re Amer-Italian because ... I was born and raised in Memphis. I don’t have any Italian blood in me,” Frix joked.

“We’re just family style. We can be more creative. We have a loaded baked potato pizza. It sounds odd, but it’s out of sight.

“The food is second to none, for what we’re trying to do,” he added.

Those creative dishes often make their debuts Sunday afternoons on the buffet table, when Frix says he lets chef Clark Cowan “go crazy.”

“We try to step it up on Sunday and be really creative,” Frix said.

The restaurant is set up as a fast-casual concept, where diners order meals at a counter and then have their food delivered to their tables, similar to Panera Bread or Newk’s Café. The restaurant does offer some beers, but Frix said the restaurant’s happy hour was “half price pizzas from 3 to 5.”

Frix hopes to offer gluten free and vegetarian options in the future, and said he’s willing to work with customers with food allergies or special needs.

“If we have a way of making it, we’ll try to make it for you,” Frix said.

Frix also said Lescotti’s will support community groups and clubs through providing meeting space in its banquet room and through fundraiser days.

“If any troops or clubs need a place to meet, or need any fundraising opportunities, we’re willing to participate in charity days, where we provide a percentage of our net sales for the day and just give it back to the charity or the group.

“All we ask them to do is help us promote it. It’s a win-win,” Frix said.

“We just really want to be part of the community,” he added.

Lescotti’s is open from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m., Sunday through Thursday, and from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m., Friday and Saturday.

Lescotti’s offers dine-in, carry out, delivery and catering options. For more information, call 865-671-7266 or visit their Facebook page.

 

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