New Orleans based Reginelli's Pizzeria announced today that it's first Houston location will open next Tuesday February 19 near Memorial City Mall. Owners Darryl Reginelli and Bruce Erhardt have partnered with the owners of Commanders Palace and Brennan's, Ti Adelaide Martin, Alex Brennan-Martin and family, to bring the restaurant to Houston.
"We have admired the Reginelli's restaurants from afar for a long time," says Ti Martin in a press release. "Looking closer, our respect has only grown. While our experiences may come from different ends of the dining spectrum, the company cultures – striving to be the very best in your category by developing strong leadership teams and never yielding on our standards – are cut from the same cloth."
Reginelli's Pizzeria changed the landscape of southern pizza restaurants when they opened their New Orleans restaurant 17 years ago, serving pies with fresh ingredients in an entertaining and upbeat atmosphere. Darryl Reginelli and Bruce Erhardt are now expanding their locally beloved restaurant into Texas with a soft opening of the new Reginelli's on Kingsride Lane in Houston Tuesday, February 19. This will be the tenth Reginelli's to open, following the second Baton Rouge restaurant opening in 2012.
"Bruce and I are very proud of our Reginelli's team," says Darryl Reginelli of the move into Houston. "We have a serious dedication to fresh ingredients and to running restaurants that are professional but maintain warmth and a flair for fun." The Houston Reginelli's will stick to its New Orleans roots with cool, modern décor and the same great recipes for pizza, salad, sandwiches and pasta loved by customers in New Orleans and Baton Rouge. The Reginelli's team prioritizes keeping the same feeling and passion for food alive with each new restaurant's opening.
The Houston expansion comes partly as a result of a 2012 partnership between Reginelli's and partners and restaurant experts of the Commander's Family of Restaurants Ti Adelaide Martin, Alex Brennan-Martin, Brad Brennan, Arlene Nesser, and Joe Henican. Darryl and Bruce have been committed to finding the right group to partner with as they expand beyond the New Orleans area. "We think it is a perfect match with Ti and Alex's group's long heralded focus on quality and hospitality," says Darryl.
"We have admired the Reginelli's restaurants from afar for a long time," says Ti Martin. "Looking closer, our respect has only grown. While our experiences may come from different ends of the dining spectrum, the company cultures – striving to be the very best in your category by developing strong leadership teams and never yielding on our standards – are cut from the same cloth."
Patrons of Reginelli's in Houston can look forward to warm, yet professional service, great-tasting pizza with quality ingredients and New Orleans – style fun. Artwork will feature vintage Italian scooters and the menu will include all Reginelli's favorite items from the "Uptowner" focaccia sandwich to the Saltimbocca hand-tossed pizza, this is classic Reginelli's.
Reginelli's was recently ranked among "America's 35 Best Pizzas" in The Daily Meal, and was named "Independent Pizzeria of the Year" out of more than 44,000 pizza companies by Pizza Today in 2007.