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Cicis owners firmly rooted in community

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By Terry Hagerty – Contributing writer/photographer

The Moores, owners of Cicis Pizza in Bastrop (Terry Hagerty Photography)After 14 years’ service with the Bastrop Police Department, Detective Sarah Moore was looking for a career change that would allow her to spend more time with family. “I loved law enforcement, but I missed out on family time,” said Moore, as she sat in a colorful booth at Cicis Pizza – the Bastrop family business she co-owns with husband Greg Moore.

Bruschetta flat breadTheir venture with Cicis, which opened in January in the Colorado Crossing Shopping Center, has been a win-win situation for them, the couple said. Greg, previously Athletic Trainer with Bastrop ISD, was working long hours every week. “As Athletic Trainer I loved working with kids, but I wanted to do something a little less time consuming, and also something to continue serving (the community),” said Greg, who was known as “Doc” around BISD. Sarah added, “Greg did his best to find something we could do together and still be in Bastrop.” Also pitching in as part of the family business is 10-year-old Addison, who will be a fifth-grader this fall at Bastrop Intermediate School. “I like to wash dishes and tend the cash register,” Addison said, to her parent’s delight.

Making delicious pizzaAll-You-Can Eat Buffet, Attractive Setting – Cicis is proving hugely popular with customers, apparent from a packed house during a recent weekday lunch hour. The spacious restaurant, at 3,500 square feet, is brightly decorated with a “maverick design.” (Greg said the only other franchise with the design is in Alabama.) The all-you-can-eat buffet, $6.29 for adults and teens, is the main draw. Kids, 4-10, eat for $3.99; under 4 is 99 cents. Salads and dessert are also included in the buffet; wings (boneless or not) are extra. “All our pizza is fresh-made – the dough is never frozen – and we slice all our own veggies,” Greg said. The buffet theme changes each quarter. Greg said an “Italiano” buffet is set to start in early September. Other items are also introduced regularly, such as two new delicious flatbreads – bruschetta and chicken parmesan.

The kids love the game room in the back.

Community Involvement – The Moores are backed by an experienced staff including three managers, plus Greg, who is owner/operator of the business. The cleanliness of the restaurant is at the forefront of operations: “From day one, our mantra has been, ‘Clean and polite,’” Greg said.

A young customer enjoys pizza at Cicics.

The husband-wife team also stays connected to the Bastrop community: “We just donated (pizza) to the kids’ Police Academy,” Greg said. There’s a huge message board in the back of the restaurant where diners can post notes about community activities and other news. Employee Josie Crawford came up with the idea for the board, which Sarah and Greg loved. There’s also a game room in the back that is proving quite popular with youth. With a huge smile, Greg said he controls the temptation to snack on the delicious fare offered at Cicis: “I am a foodie, I would eat all my profits if I had less self-control,” Greg said with a laugh. Sarah added, “People are so happy eating their pizza!”

Editor's Note: This is the first in a series of posts featuring Bastrop businesses. Check back next month for our second installment!