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Miss River Launches Pizza Series with Chef Alon Shaya

NEW ORLEANSFour Seasons Hotel New Orleans and Miss River are excited to announce a delicious lineup of new programs celebrating the installation of a wood-fired oven on the patio, a nod to Chef Alon Shaya’s time as a pizza apprentice in Italy. Expect warm hugs and plenty of “ciaos” as old and new friends gather for a family-style pizza party, a “Ciao, Enzo!” Festive Friday lunch, themed Jazz Brunch, and kids’ pizza-making classes that will have little chefs tossing dough like pros.

“Miss River is a space where both our culinary team and our guests can have fun,” says Mali Carow, general manager, Four Seasons Hotel New Orleans. “This addition allows our chefs to have fun and play with pizza recipes not on our regular menu, and it gives our guests another reason to come out and enjoy the patio.”

The mosaic-tiled oven will serve as an action station for pizza parties akin to the backyard affairs the Shaya’s enjoy hosting in their own home. Chef Shaya’s special pizza menu includes a classic Margherita, Prosciutto, and a Hot Sausage and Honey pizza that marries Chef Alon’s love for Italian and Louisiana flavors. The signature Pizza Enzo, named for Chef Shaya’s pizza mentor Chef Enzo DeSantis, features mozzarella, anchovies, garlic, chili oil and a layer of mortadella. It’s a pizza so special, Chef Enzo reserved it for his friends, family, and restaurant staff. In celebration of these enhancements to Miss River, Chef Enzo will travel to New Orleans from Parma, Italy for a series of pizza events.

The Shaya’s are rolling out the dough and cranking up the heat for a series of mouthwatering pizza events.

Pizza Party featuring Chef Enzo the Pizzaiolo 

Thursday, May 30, at 6 p.m.

Join the Shaya’s and Chef Enzo DeSantis for a special evening on the patio featuring a modern Italian aesthetic, aperitivo and a three-course Italian menu. Limited tickets are available on OpenTable for $100 per person, $50 for children ages 12 and under.

“Ciao, Enzo!” Festive Friday lunch

Friday, May 31, from 11 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Since opening, the Festive Friday lunch has become a tradition at Miss River, known amongst locals as the place to kick-off the weekend early with friends. Guests are invited to celebrate the start of summer with a special “Ciao, Enzo!” Festive Friday lunch in Miss River. The Italian-themed lunch will feature live music, Italian spritz cocktails, and wood-fired pizzas by Chef Alon Shaya and Chef Enzo the Pizzaiolo. Table décor packages, including a festive runner, placemat and accessories, are available by calling the restaurant. Reservations are available on OpenTable.

“Ciao, Enzo!” Jazz Brunch

Saturday, June 1, from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.

On the weekends, Miss River’s dining room turns into a social affair with live music and reimagined brunch classics. In celebration of Chef Enzo’s visit, the restaurant will offer wood-fired pizzas as a special on the Miss River Brunch menu. Reservations are available on OpenTable.

Kids’ Pizza Classes

Thursdays, June 13, and June 20, at 5 p.m.

Chef Alon Shaya will lead two pizza-making designed for children ages 4 through 12 years old. Keep your youngest chefs entertained with an introduction to pizza-making while parents enjoy culinary delights and classic cocktails on the patio. Registration for the class is $50 per child and includes one kid-sized pizza and a root beer float. Limited spots are available on OpenTable.

For those looking to immerse themselves in Louisiana’s culinary heritage, Miss River promises an experience like no other, combining the comfort of Southern hospitality with the innovation and creativity of Chef Alon Shaya and his team.

For more information on Miss River or to make a reservation, please visit or call 504-434-5701.


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