We have several locations throughout town of Mr. Gatti’s but my favorite is the LSU Campus location right off State Street. Mr. Gatti’s is a College Town (LSU) favorite because of the special offers, the location and of course, the big screen TV. They offer the Buffet to students/faculty/staff for $5.00 with college ID all day and all night, not just during certain hours! It is really nice that they offer the same deal to the college faculty and staff members too!
This location of Mr. Gatti’s is a very popular lunch and/or dinner choice because of the special price offered to the LSU community. It is also convenient and offers a variety of things to eat here. The buffet line usually extends outside the door at the campus Mr. Gatti’s, especially at lunch. You will go through the line (cafeteria style), pay and get your plates and utensils and proceed through the buffet line for pizza, spaghetti, salad, soft drinks and dessert.
The Salad Bar is always fresh and has a rotating variety of fresh vegetables, fruit, and salad dressings. You will find fresh lettuce with cabbage and carrot slices, whole salad tomatoes, broccoli, cauliflower, onions, macaroni salad, peaches, pudding, pineapple and pickles on the bar on most given days. It’s not fancy but it is adequate for adding some vegetables to your diet and balancing out a heavy carbohydrate meal.
Pasta??? I thought this was a pizza parlor?? Yes, they also have pasta with a choice of two sauces. The spaghetti pasta is served with your choice of meat sauce or marinara sauce which is meatless and a favorite choice for the vegetarians. It is not a gourmet dish but very appetizing when you are a starving college student.
Pizza, Pizza, and More Pizza!
And finally the Pizza! The pizza is always piping hot with many choices of toppings. You will find the usual kid pleasers of cheese pizza and pepperoni to one with the works (pepperoni, sausage, green peppers, red peppers, mushrooms, onions). You will find favorite one topping pizzas (Italian sausage, BQ chicken, Canadian bacon) as well as various combos.
They have both regular crust and thin crust on the bar too. If your favorite is not there, just ask them and they will put it on for you and make an announcement when it hits the bar! Quite often the manager will ask you if there is anything special he can fix for you as you go through the line. This is outstanding service for a busy location offering a lunch for only $5.00!
You will also find garlic sticks and cheese sticks on the pizza bar. The pizza here is not bad. The crust is a nice consistency and the toppings are lavish and very filling. It is slightly greasy but then most pizza has a little, right?
Don’t Forget Dessert
If you can still find room for dessert after eating all the pizza and spaghetti and salad you will find several choices here too. Dessert choices are cherry topping, apple topping, blueberry topping dessert pizza, a chocolate drizzle dessert pizza or fresh baked cinnamon rolls. Coffee is also available to wash down the sweets if you so desire.
Staff, Service and the Dining Room
The staff at Mr. Gatti’s is always friendly and the dining room is relatively clean for a campus environment. I’ve seen worse without the campus excuse! The staff here are continuously clearing tables on time and keeping the dining room neat. I have never had to wait long for a table there, as someone is always on the job.
This location takes on a Campus Decor with LSU colors of PURPLE AND GOLD. You will find various football, baseball posters, license plates, newspaper stories and other LSU trivia throughout the dining room and covering the walls. The dining room also has a large screen TV and another one located in the party room which is open for overflow as long as a party is not booked. It is a great place to hang out on a Saturday or Sunday to watch a football game!
Other locations of this chain contain a nice size game room with lots of different video/arcade type games as well as skee ball, some target practice (guns) and basketball games. All games spit out coupons to be redeemed for prizes at the counter, which range from small items like pencils to stuffed animals and small electronics. This makes for a fun afternoon for a family get-together!
The Party Room is used for private functions such as Birthday Parties. They also will reserve it for summer camp groups or school field trips with advance notice. When not in use, it is used for overflow from the main dining room and is quite frequently packed. There are several tables here that can be pulled together to form one long table for parties and also a big screen TV.
A bit of Lagniappe is a drawing they hold weekly for a Free Buffet. Just deposit your business card in the fishbowl on the counter.
Mr. Gatti’s is a great place to have a relaxing meal with friends and/or family at an affordable price! You will find a very friendly atmosphere and good food too! Mr. Gatti’s is a sure fire winner if you love pizza!!