Pizzeria La Gitana Staff
Owner’s Marian Licxandru and his wife Lumy, left and right ends
Photo courtesy: Pizzeria La Gitana. Used with permission.
– “No Passport Needed for Pizzeria La Gitana, Olympia’s [and Yelm’s] ‘European Embassy’”
“If you’re pining for a taste of Europe but don’t have time to travel, have no fear. Just pay a visit to downtown Olympia’s [or Yelm’s] Pizzeria La Gitana, which owner Marian Licxandru calls a ‘European embassy.’
‘No passport needed,’ he assures us. ‘We miss Europe and we love the U.S., so we decided to combine the two and change the ambience a little bit.’
In the last year, Licxandru and his wife Lumy have added string lights, fresh roses on each table and an extra weekend night of live jazz. ‘Last year we only had it on Saturdays, but since more and more people wanted to listen to it every Friday and Saturday we now have live music,’ he says.
The original La Gitana restaurant in Yelm will also have live jazz every Saturday from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., and since a third of the seating is outside, they’ve brought in large triangle patio heaters. ‘It’s going to be a blast,’ says Licxandru.”
“…And very soon, they’ll offer wine and beer flights as well as wine and pizza pairings. Licxandru developed the pairings with wine maven Anne Marsh of the Wine Cellar of Yelm. Each half a pizza will have a wine that complements it and enhances the flavor.”