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2013 Winter Restaurant Guide: Italian 


870 Tchoupitoulas St., (504) 208-9280;
Fettuccine is topped with slow-roasted pork, baby squash and mint. The Lombo di Maiale is grilled pork loin over farro, sweet peppers and onion agrodolce, a traditional Italian sweet and sour sauce. Reservations recommended. Lunch Fri., dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $$$

611 Frenchmen St., (504) 948-3800
Crabmeat and corn cannelloni is drenched in spicy pink sauce. The fish Ocean gives diners a choice of five types of fish, which is pan-fried and topped with a choice of shrimp, crawfish or crabmeat. Reservations accepted for large parties. Dinner daily. Cash only. $$

3100 19th St., Metairie, (504) 834-8583;
Get crawfish or crabmeat ravioli with cream sauce. The crab cake Andrea features Louisiana crabmeat with sliced eggplant in Italian seasonings topped with crabmeat and lemon-butter sauce. Reservations recommended. Lunch and dinner daily, brunch Sun. Credit cards. $$$

2631 Hwy. 190 W., Slidell, (985) 649-9768;
Assunta's frutti di mare is a combination of shrimp, crawfish, oysters, calamari, mussels, clams and bay scallops sauteed with diced tomatoes, olive oil, marinara and garlic. Veal Assunta features fried veal topped with shrimp in bechamel sauce. Reservations accepted for large parties. Dinner Tue.-Sun. Credit cards and checks. $$

2040 Hwy. 59, Mandeville, (985) 624-5066;
Veal Carmella features paneed veal cutlets topped with shrimp, mushrooms and lemon cream sauce. Crabmeat Buster features baked crabmeat dressing over artichokes with sherry cream sauce. Reservations accepted for large parties. Lunch and dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $$

3413 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie, (504) 828-8828;
The restaurant's light menu features grilled chicken Caprese with marinated tomatoes, whole milk mozzarella, spinach, orzo farro and pesto vinaigrette. Chicken scaloppine combines sauteed chicken, roasted portobellos, diced tomatoes and provolone and feta cheeses over herb linguine in lemon-caper-butter sauce. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

1801 Stumpf Blvd., Suite 4, Gretna, (504) 361-3106;
The veal picatta features tender veal sauteed in butter and white wine and topped with capers. Crabmeat and spinach cannelloni features fresh pasta filled with creamy spinach and jumbo lump crabmeat with Parmesan cheese sauce on top. Reservations accepted. Lunch Tue.-Fri., dinner Tue.-Sat. Credit cards. $$$

117 Decatur St., (504) 529-2154;
Chef Duke LoCicero's spaghetti and meatballs feature two veal, pork and beef meatballs and spaghetti marinara. Shrimp and duck Decatur features grilled shrimp and marinated Cajun duck breast in spicy tasso and mushroom sauce served with vegetable orzo. Reservations recommended. Dinner daily. Credit cards. $$$

1901 Hwy.190, Mandeville, (985) 624-4844;
Cacciucco is a seafood soup featuring clams, mussels, shrimp, lobster, calamari and fresh fish. Grouper Leonora features roasted Gulf grouper and topped with artichoke, shrimp and mushrooms in lemon butter sauce. Reservations recommended. Lunch Sun.-Mon. and Wed.-Fri., dinner Wed.-Mon., brunch Sun. Credit cards. $$

1809 N. Causeway Blvd., Mandeville, (985) 727-4984;
The appetizer sampler includes chicken wings and strips, garlic bread and eggplant and mozzarella sticks. Lasagna is made in-house and features Italian sausage, ground beef, ricotta and whole milk mozzarella. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $$

501 E. Boston St., Covington, (985) 875-1006;
Spinach and potato gnocchi is served in Gorgonzola cream sauce with toasted pine nuts and diced tomato concasse. Braised lamb osso buco is served with pecorino Romano cheese, sage gremolata and natural jus. Reservations recommended. Lunch and dinner Tue.-Sat. Credit cards. $$$

810 N. Columbia St., Suite C, Covington, (985) 875-0160;
Soft-shell crab Emily features a fried soft-shell crab served with angel hair pasta and crawfish cream sauce. Get cheese ravioli topped with Alfredo sauce and grilled shrimp. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner Tue.-Sat. Credit cards. $$

123 Baronne St., (504) 648-6020; 
Domenica's whole roasted cauliflower is cooked in a wood oven and served with whipped feta cheese. The thin-crust margherita pizza is topped with fresh mozzarella, tomato and basil. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$$

1179 Annunciation St., (504) 299-1179;
Italian specialties include osso buco Milanese served with pappardelle pasta. Barbecue shrimp are jumbo Gulf shrimp sauteed with white wine, olive oil, rosemary, garlic, bay leaf and black pepper. Reservations recommended. Lunch Thu.-Fri., dinner Tue.-Sat. Credit cards. $$$

530 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie, (504) 833-7121;
Fausto's frutti di mare features shrimp, crab claws, calamari, oysters and fish sauteed with fresh herbs and garlic in seafood reduction sauce. Italian sausage is sauteed with bell peppers, onions, garlic and Italian herbs and served over angel hair marinara. Reservations recommended. Lunch Mon.-Fri., dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $$

1841 N. Causeway Blvd., Mandeville, (985) 624-9704;
JimBob shrimp are stuffed with a crabmeat dressing, battered and fried and served with crab cream sauce over pasta. Veal piccata is served in lemon-butter sauce. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $$

933 Decatur St., (504) 525-1602;
Shrimp and crawfish Gagliano features seafood tossed with garlic, green onions and fresh basil over angel hair pasta. The veal Marsala is veal sauteed with mushrooms and wine and served with pasta. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

724 Martin Behrman Ave., Metairie, (504) 834-5646;
Trout Carrie is a fillet topped with sauteed crabmeat and served with salad, a vegetable and potato or spaghetti. Veal Parmesan with melted mozzarella cheese comes with a choice of pasta, salad and a vegetable. No reservations. Lunch Mon.-Fri., dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $$

3400 16th St., Metairie, (504) 455-1545;
Named for New Orleans Saints coach Sean Payton, fish Payton is the pan-fried catch of the day topped with crabmeat, crawfish, artichoke hearts, mushrooms, lemon and Dry Sack sherry sauce. There's also the veal Payton which features beaded veal and the same toppings. Reservations recommended. Dinner Tue.-Sat. Credit cards. $$$

539 St. Philip St., (504) 529-8811
The signature baked oysters Irene are topped with Italian cheeses and pancetta. The lamb a la Provence features seared chops with rosemary-wine demi-glace. Reservations accepted. Dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $$

430 Barracks St., (504) 569-0198;
Porcini and truffle ravioli are served with white wine cream sauce and a drizzle of truffled olive oil. The osso buco is a baked 16-ounce veal shank served with red sauce and polenta. Reservations recommended. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$$

709 St. Charles Ave., (504) 558-8986;
Order a bone-in veal chop or shrimp over pasta with a choice of sauces including Marsala, parmigiana, piccata or barocca, which includes focaccia breadcrumbs, cream, prosciutto and mozzarella. Reservations accepted. Lunch Tue.-Sat., dinner Tue.-Sun. Credit cards. $$

2900 Chartres St., (504) 598-5700;
Crispy air-dried bacon salad comes with roasted garlic and cherry tomatoes. Short ribs rigatoni is served with wild mushrooms. No reservations. Dinner Tue.-Sat. Credit cards. $$

click to enlarge Maximo's Italian Grill serves mussels, pasta and other Italian dishes. - PHOTO BY CHERYL GERBER
  • Photo by Cheryl Gerber
  • Maximo's Italian Grill serves mussels, pasta and other Italian dishes.

1117 Decatur St., (504) 586-8883;
Osso buco is a braised veal shank served with garlic, thyme and white wine demi-glace, herb-roasted Parmesan potatoes and grilled asparagus. The vitello saltimbocca features baked veal cutlets layered with prosciutto, sage and Parmigiano Reggiano and served with sauteed vegetables. Reservations accepted. Lunch Wed.-Sat., dinner daily. Credit cards. $$$

1622 St. Charles Ave., (504) 301-9570;
Veal piccata is topped with lemon, butter and caper sauce and served with crispy roasted potato wedges and asparagus. Pecan-crusted chicken is served with meuniere sauce. Reservations accepted. Lunch, dinner and late-night daily, brunch Sat.-Sun. Credit cards. $$

1212 Royal St., (504) 522-6746
The Mardi Gras linguine features andouille sausage, shrimp and tomato cream sauce. Paneed eggplant Parmesan is topped with mozzarella, provolone and Parmesan cheeses and Creole red sauce. No reservations. Lunch Fri.-Sun., dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

4137 Hwy. 90 W., Westwego, (504) 436-8950;
Oysters Mosca features Louisiana oysters baked with Italian seasoning and breadcrumbs. Chicken a la Grande is sauteed with rosemary, Italian seasonings, garlic and white wine. Johnny's house-made sausage is served with roasted potatoes. Reservations recommended. Dinner Tue.-Sat. Cash only. $$$

3125 Esplanade Ave., (504) 948-1717;
The Tuscan pizza features pancetta, sun-dried tomatoes, goat and mozzarella cheeses on a garlic sauce base. Divine portobello dip features a blend of mushrooms, oven-roasted chicken breast and spinach in spicy red pepper sauce and is served with bread. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

246 Girod St., Mandeville, (985) 626-5619;
Paneed veal Alfredo tops veal with jumbo lump crabmeat and lemon butter and serves it over wild mushroom pasta in Alfredo sauce. Scallops, shrimp and crabmeat are tossed with pasta and served with marinara or sherry cream sauce. Reservations accepted. Dinner daily. Credit cards and checks. $$$

1995 Barataria Blvd., Marrero, (504) 348-2008; 5145 Gen. DeGaulle Drive, (504) 393-1107;
Pasta jambalaya features sauteed smoked sausage, chicken, onions and green peppers in roasted garlic cream sauce with penne pasta. Becky's pasta features sauteed shrimp, mushrooms and red onions over angel hair pasta in roasted garlic cream sauce and is topped with two fried eggplant medallions. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

125 Camp St., (504) 561-8844;
Pasta Bolognese features rigatoni tossed with a hearty sauce made with guanciale, tomatoes, wine and vegetables. Tuscan shrimp and sausage combines Gulf shrimp and Italian sausage in a light basil sauce is served over creamy polenta. Reservations accepted. Breakfast and lunch Mon. and Wed.-Fri., dinner Thu.-Fri., brunch Sat.-Sun. Credit cards. $$$

3524 Severn Ave., Metairie, (504) 455-2266;
For breakfast, crab cakes Benedict features two poached eggs atop crab cakes with hollandaise and potatoes. Oysters Riccobono is oysters baked with mushrooms, garlic, olive oil, Italian breadcrumbs and Parmesan, served with spaghetti bordelaise. Reservations accepted. Breakfast and lunch daily, dinner Wed.-Sun. Credit cards. $$

401 Williams Blvd., Kenner, (504) 469-8585;
Osso buco is served with risotto. The grilliata mista includes lamb leg, a pork chop, pancetta and Italian sausage. House-made gnocchi are topped with Gorgonzola cream sauce. Reservations recommended. Lunch Tue.-Fri., dinner Tue.-Sat. Credit cards and checks. $$

1917 Ridgelake Drive, Metairie, (504) 835-4008
The oysters Oreganate are local oysters dusted in Italian breadcrumbs, baked and topped with parsley and Romano cheese. A 12-ounce pork chop is grilled and served with bordelaise sauce and roasted potatoes. All entrees come with warm Italian bread and salad dressed with Italian vinaigrette. Reservations accepted. Lunch Tue.-Fri., dinner Tue.-Sat. Credit cards. $$

6601 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie,(504) 888-7784;
Sauteed shrimp, peppers, mushrooms and onions are served over fettuccine Alfredo with spinach and fried eggplant medallions on the side. The pan-seared speckled trout is served over angel hair pasta and topped with crabmeat and mushroom Alfredo sauce. Reservations recommended. Lunch and dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $$

Clearview Mall, 4436 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie, (504) 454-7930;
The shrimp Roban features sauteed shrimp in spicy cream sauce over shell pasta and is garnished with green onions. The double cheeseburger pasta features ground 100 percent Angus beef tossed with caramelized onions, barbecue marinara and penne pasta topped with cheese sauce and garnished with sesame seeds and french fry sticks. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

2330 Belle Chasse Hwy., Gretna, (504) 391-1090;
Shrimp scampi features shrimp sauteed in garlic, white wine and lemon butter served over linguine. The mushrooms Vienna is of a trio of large mushroom caps sauteed in a Creole meuniere sauce and stuffed with crabmeat dressing. Reservations accepted for large parties. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

746 Tchoupitoulas St., (504) 581-1103;
Fish Capri is made with jumbo lump crabmeat, crawfish, capers and artichokes in beurre blanc. Lightly battered and fried soft-shell crabs are served over linguine with fresh basil, Roma tomatoes and Reggiano-crawfish sauce. Reservations recommended. Dinner daily. Credit cards. $$$

752 Tchoupitoulas St., (504) 525-4790;
The veal piccata is topped with crab meat and served with green beans and garlic mashed potatoes. A sauteed fish fillet is topped with grilled shrimp, roasted red peppers and beurre blanc and served with corn maque choux and julienne sweet potatoes. No reservations. Dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

6262 Fleur de Lis Drive, (504) 488-0888
Eggplant Tina features thinly sliced eggplant that's breaded, fried and layered with light marinara sauce and Romano cheese. Tony Angello's "Feed Me" dinner features appetizer-sized portions of popular dishes. Reservations recommended. Dinner Tue.-Sat. Credit cards. $$

134 N. Carrollton Ave., (504) 488-7991;
The eggplant Vatican features shrimp, crawfish and crab sauce and fried eggplant. The 8-ounce center-cut filet mignon comes with a choice of sides. Reservations recommended. Lunch Wed.-Fri. and Sun., dinner Wed.-Sun. Credit cards. $$

4411 Chastant St., Metairie, (504) 885-2984; 7839 St. Charles Ave., (504) 866-9313;
Veal- and spinach-stuffed cannelloni is served with both red sauce and cream sauce. Veal Roberto tops sauteed veal with portobello mushrooms, jumbo lump crabmeat and sherry beurre blanc. Reservations accepted. Hours vary by location. Credit cards. $$

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