La Casa – Legendary Pizza & Pasta on Leavenworth
Your classic pizza joint serving families and friends since 1953!
La Casa has happy hour specials Tuesdays through Saturdays, 4-6 p.m., and Sundays, 7:30-9:30 p.m. Their party room fits 25-55 guests, and it’s ideal for business meetings, wedding rehearsals, birthday parties, etc. The restaurant also does catering.
There is just something about dining at a place that has stayed within the same family for multiple generations—old family recipes, walls that could tell decades worth of stories, and those personal touches that make you feel at home. This is the charm of La Casa Pizzaria at 4432 Leavenworth St.
Whether it’s from their food truck or the restaurant itself, La Casa has earned a reputation of serving up some meaty, cheesy goodness. They lived up to the hype during our dining experience. We ordered a variety of items to get the full experience.
For the appetizer, we got Chicken Wings for the table to share. They definitely warmed up our taste buds for the main courses! La Casa features delicious bone-in wings made with housemade honey-lime Sriracha sauce on their menu, and they are currently launching a new flavor that has more of that original BBQ flavor you know and love. The wings came out with a creamy Romano sauce that was rich with fresh herbs and had an amazing consistency for dipping.
What we liked about the salad at La Casa was all the handcrafted dressing options we had to choose from. Their House Italian and House Balsamic Vinaigrette were great, but it turns out the House Creamy Romano dressing tasted just as good on our salad as it did on the wings!
Our favorite dish we tried was the lasagna – Original Meat. It’s made with Mafalda noodles so it gives the lasagna a unique look and texture. Each bite had a strong cheese flavor and there was a generous portion of meat.
The close second favorite was the pizza. We were head over heels about the crust! It really is like a pie crust in the way that it has a flakey outer layer and its thin but still has a soft, doughy chew to it. (We actually had a few slices left over and when we reheated it the next day, we found out that the crust keeps really well. We thought that was kind of a cool thing to mention. So often, the crust will either get too chewy or too stiff when you microwave it, so we were impressed.) Plus, La Casa does rectangular pizzas which means even more crust for your buck! The pizza we ordered was the Pollo Carciofi Bianco. The toppings were so fresh, especially the garlic chicken and artichoke hearts.
For the spicy lovers out there, we recommend ordering the Penne Shrimp Calabria. The aftertaste really takes you by surprise in a good way. It’s the Calabrian chili pesto that gives it that kick. The marinara sauce, scallions, mushrooms, and sun-dried tomatoes all balance the flavor out really well.
The last meaty dish we dug our teeth into was the Pork Sugo from La Casa’s special features menu. This went beyond your classic Italian food with the braised pork and red wine sauce served over Campenelle pasta. We recommend this for anyone wanting to mix it up!
We finally wrapped up our evening with a little dessert. We decided to get the Cassata cake to share. Just like your traditional Sicilian dessert, it was very sweet. It had a yummy creamy filling with almonds, cherries, and chocolate.