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2014 Winter Restaurant Guide:
Italian Restaurants in New Orleans 

Adolfo's
611 Frenchmen St., (504) 948-3800
House-made crabmeat and corn cannelloni is served with spicy cream sauce. Rack of lamb comes with pasta or salad. Reservations accepted for large parties. Dinner daily. Cash only. $$

Amici Restaurant & Bar
3218 Magazine St., (504) 300-1250; www.amicinola.com
Amici serves coal-fired pizza and Italian dishes. Carni Italiane pizza is topped with house marinara, salami, pancetta, meatballs, capicola and mozzarella. Pasta granchio features lump crabmeat and Serrano peppers. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$$

Ancora Pizzeria & Salumeria
4508 Freret St., (504) 324-1636; www.ancorapizza.com
Pizza Diavola has spicy Naples salumi, fior de latte, chili and tomato. The antipasti plate is a sampling of all available appetizers, including bruschetta and cured meats. Reservations accepted for large parties. Dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $$

Andrea's Restaurant
3100 19th St., Metairie, (504) 834-8583; www.andreasrestaurant.com
Chef Andrea Apuzzo prepares Italian dishes with a variety of local seafood. Capelli de Andrea is smoked salmon and vodka caviar, tossed with angel hair pasta. Osso buco Milanese is a braised veal shank served with saffron rice. Reservations recommended. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$$

Assunta's Italian Restaurant
2631 Hwy. 190 W., Slidell, (985) 649-9768; www.assuntas.com
The frutti di mare is a combination of shrimp, crawfish, oysters, calamari, mussels, clams and bay scallops sauteed with diced tomatos, olive oil, marinara and garlic. Fried crab cakes are available as an appetizer or entree. Reservations accepted for large parties. Dinner Tue.-Sun. Credit cards and checks. $$

Bosco's Italian Cafe
2040 Hwy. 59, Mandeville, (985) 624-5066; www.boscositalian.com
Oysters Bosco tops oysters with sauteed pancetta, artichoke hearts, garlic and green onions and seasoned breadcrumbs. The muffuletta has layers of salami, mortadella, smoked ham, mozzarella and provolone cheeses and olive salad. Reservations accepted for large parties. Lunch and dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $$

Bravo! Cucina Italiana
3413 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie, (504) 828-8828; www.bravoitalian.com
Crawfish ravioli features lobster-stuffed ravioli served with spicy crawfish tomato cream sauce. Chicken pesto spaghetti combines grilled chicken, pesto cream sauce, mozzarella, basil, and grape tomatos. Reservations recommended. Lunch Mon.-Sat., brunch Sun., dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

Brick Oven Cafe
2805 Williams Blvd., Suite F, Kenner, (504) 466-2097; www.brickovencafe.biz
The namesake Brick Oven pizza features Italian sausage, roasted chicken, mushrooms, roasted garlic, mozzarella and house-made marinara. Cosoletta di vitello is a paneed 12-ounce veal chop topped with piccata sauce. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

Cafe Ditali's
1650 Manhattan Blvd., Suite E, Harvey, (504) 361-0058; www.ditalis.com
The crab cake burger features a fried blue crab cake dressed and served on a toasted bun with fries. Chicken Milano is served with garlic bread and combines baked chicken breast, fettuccine, broccoli and Alfredo sauce. Reservations accepted for large parties. Delivery available. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $

Cafe Giovanni
117 Decatur St., (504) 529-2154; www.cafegiovanni.com
Southern-style Louisiana Voodoo shrimp features jumbo shrimp in sweet and spicy sauce and is served with grits, marinated portobello mushroom and fried green tomato. Oysters Giovanni are fried Louisiana oysters served on a bed of six sauces. Reservations recommended. Dinner daily. Credit cards. $$$

Cafe Roma
1901 Sophie Wright Place, (504) 524-2419; www.caferomauptown.com
The Roma sandwich is an Italian loaf filled with pepperoni, salami, ham, cheese, black olives and onions. Chicken Caesar salad is tossed with house-made Caesar dressing. No reservations. Lunch, dinner and late-night daily. Credit cards. $$

Carmelo Ristorante
1901 Hwy. 190, Mandeville, (985) 624-4844; www.carmeloristorante.com
Vitello piccata is sauteed, hand-cut veal topped with peppers and artichokes in lemon butter sauce. The Leonora fish of the day is pan-roasted and served with lemon butter and artichokes. Reservations recommended. Lunch and dinner Wed.-Mon. Credit cards. $$

Cibugnu
709 St. Charles Ave., (504) 558-8986; www.cibugnu.com
Ravioli filled with sweet corn mousse, charred corn and mascarpone are served with roasted garlic cream, warm blueberries, scallions, olio verde and Pecorino Romano. Calamari is stuffed with Italian sausage and served over chickpea polenta with gremolata. Reservations accepted. Lunch Tue.-Fri., dinner Tue.-Sat. Credit cards. $$

Coscino's Italian Grill
1809 N. Causeway Blvd., Mandeville, (985) 727-4984; www.coscinositaliangrill.com
New York-style hand-tossed pies feature thin crusts and are cooked on stone deck ovens. Eggplant Parmesan features lightly breaded fried eggplant medallions topped with red gravy and mozzarella cheese served with pasta and house-baked bread. Reservations accepted for large parties. Lunch daily, dinner Tue.-Sun., late-night Sat. Credit cards. $$

Del Porto Ristorante
501 E. Boston St., Covington, (985) 875-1006; www.delportoristorante.com
Beef carpaccio is topped with house-made truffled creme fraiche, Parmigiano Reggiano and arugula and olive oil. Lamb osso buco is served with creamy roasted garlic polenta, roasted carrots and mint gremolata. Reservations recommended. Lunch and dinner Tue.-Sat. Credit cards. $$$

DiCristina's
810 N. Columbia St., Suite C, Covington, (985) 875-0160; www.dicristinas.com
Veal cutlets are served with crabmeat cream sauce, baked macaroni and sauteed greens. Eggplant Drew features battered and fried medallions served on a bed of angel hair pasta with crawfish sauce. Reservations accepted for large parties. Lunch and dinner Tue.-Sat. Credit cards. $$

DiMartino's Famous New Orleans Muffulettas
700 S. Tyler St., Covington, (985) 276-6460; 1788 Carol Sue Ave., Gretna, (504) 392-7589; 3900 Gen. DeGaulle Drive, (504) 367-0227; 6641 Westbank Expwy., Suite A, Marrero, (504) 341-4096; www.dimartinos.com
The 5-inch po-boy combo includes a po-boy, a cup of gumbo and potato salad. Chicken parmigiana features fried chicken breast topped with cheese and red sauce served over pasta. No reservations. Hours vary by location. Credit cards. $$

Domenica
The Roosevelt Hotel, 123 Baronne St., (504) 648-6020; www.domenicarestaurant.com
Wood-fired roasted eggplant is topped with olive oil, braised vegetables and tahini. Smoked pork pizza is topped with slow-cooked pork shank, mozzarella cheese, Anaheim chili peppers, heavy cream, red onions and salsa verde. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$$

Eleven79
1179 Annunciation St., (504) 299-1179; www.eleven79.com
Milanese-style osso buco is served with pappardelle pasta. Jumbo Gulf shrimp are cooked with rosemary, olive oil, bay leaves, white wine and cracked black pepper. Reservations recommended. Lunch Thu.-Fri., dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $$$

Fausto's Bistro
530 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie, (504) 833-7121; www.faustos- bistro.com
Veal scallopini Rolando features veal medallions sauteed in extra virgin olive oil with mushrooms and artichoke hearts and then simmered in lemon wine sauce. Pan-seared fillet of Gulf fish is served with Louisiana shrimp and lemon-herb white wine sauce. Reservations accepted. Lunch Mon.-Fri., dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $$

Fazzio's Restaurant
1841 N. Causeway Blvd., Mandeville, (985) 624-9704; www.fazziosrestaurant.com
Black and Blue salad features thin-sliced, char-grilled sirloin steak served over romaine lettuce with homemade Caesar dressing and topped with blue cheese. Jimbob Shrimp are crabmeat-stuffed jumbo shrimp served over pasta with crabmeat cream sauce. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $$

Frank's Restaurant
933 Decatur St., (504) 525-1602
Veal Marsala is sauteed with mushrooms and wine and served with pasta. New Orleans-style barbecue jumbo Gulf shrimp are served with hot bread. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

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

Gio's Villa Vancheri
2890 E. Causeway Approach, Mandeville, (985) 624-2597; www.giosvillavancheri.com
Orecchio vi elefante is a 16-ounce veal chop pounded thin, breaded and served with lemon butter sauce and pasta marinara. Osso buco alla Milanese is a veal shank slow-cooked with special herbs and sauce served with risotto or pasta. Reservations recommended. Lunch and dinner Tue.-Sun. Credit cards. $$$

Giorlando's Restaurant
741 Bonnabel Blvd., Metairie, (504) 835-8593; www.giorlandos.com
Mama G's eggplant features lightly battered medallions served over angel hair pasta topped with shrimp au gratin sauce. Sauteed chicken, shrimp and sausage are tossed with penne pasta in tomato-basil sauce. Reservations accepted for large parties. Lunch and dinner Mon.-Fri. Credit cards and checks. $$

Il Posto Italian Cafe
4607 Dryades St., (504) 895-2620; www.facebook.com/ilpostocafe
The Pacifico sandwich features Italian tuna salad, lemon, fresh thyme, tomato, red onion and extra-virgin olive oil on multi-grain bread. The Milano panino is made with sopressata, fontina tomatos and balsamic vinegar on pressed ciabatta. No reservations. Breakfast and lunch Tue.-Sun., dinner Tue.-Sat. Credit cards. $$

Impastato's Restaurant
3400 16th St., Metairie, (504) 455-1545; www.impasta- tos.com
Soft-shell Marcello is soft-shell crab topped with lemon butter, crabmeat and shrimp. The pecan-smoked filet is a 10-ounce steak smoked over pecan woodchips and broiled. Reservations accepted. Dinner Tue.-Sat. Credit cards. $$$

Irene's Cuisine
539 St. Philip St., (504) 529-8811
Paneed oysters and grilled shrimp are served in raspberry sauce over tossed fresh spinach. Oysters beaucoup is served over saffron risotto Milanese with Parmesan. Reservations accepted. Dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $$

Italian Barrel
430 Barracks St., (504) 569-0198; www.italianbarrel.com
Pumpkin ravioli features house-made pasta filled with pumpkin sauteed in butter and sage. The grilled 12-ounce center-cut filet mignon is served with sauteed potatoes and creamy green peppercorn sauce or dolce Gorgonzola sauce. Reservations recommended. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$$

Mariza
2900 Chartres St., (504) 598-5700; www.marizaneworleans.com
Mariza has a raw seafood bar and offers a mix of Italian and Creole dishes. Braised lamb belly is served with house-made tomato sauce and creamy polenta. Anchovy and crispy pig-ear salad is made with stewed onions and baby lettuces. No reservations. Dinner Tue.-Sat. Credit cards. $$

Maximo's Italian Grill
1117 Decatur St., (504) 586-8883; www.maximosgrill.com
Veal saltimbocca features veal cutlets served with prosciutto, ricotta, herb butter, spinach, and capellini. Risotto is served with crimini mushrooms, Romano cheese, asparagus, grape tomatos and truffle oil. Reservations accepted. Dinner daily. Credit cards. $$$

Mona Lisa Restaurant
1212 Royal St., (504) 522-6746
Paneed veal is seasoned with Italian herbs and served with linguine Alfredo. Pasta primavera features seasonal vegetables sauteed with basil, oregano, garlic and served with a choice of sauce. No reservations. Lunch Fri.-Sun., dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

Mosca's Restaurant
4137 Hwy. 90 W., Westwego, (504) 436-8950; www.moscasrestaurant.com
Baked oysters Mosca features Louisiana oysters covered with Italian seasoning and breadcrumbs. Chicken a la grande is a whole chicken cut into pieces and sauteed with rosemary, Italian seasoning, whole garlic cloves and white wine. Reservations recommended. Dinner Tue.-Sat. Cash only. $$$

click to enlarge Shrimp fettuccine is one of the pasta entrees at Nonna Mia. - PHOTO BY CHERYL GERBER
  • Photo by Cheryl Gerber
  • Shrimp fettuccine is one of the pasta entrees at Nonna Mia.

Nonna Mia Cafe & Pizzeria
3125 Esplanade Ave., (504) 948-1717; www.nonnamia.net
Baked penne pasta features Italian sausage, green peppers, caramelized onions, red pepper cream sauce, feta, breadcrumbs and Parmesan on top. Veal Parmesan is pan-seared and topped with marinara sauce. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

Nuvolari's
246 Girod St., Mandeville, (985) 626-5619; www.nuvolaris.com
Paneed veal is served over mushroom Alfredo pasta and topped with jumbo lump crabmeat and lemon beurre blanc. Sea scallops, Gulf shrimp and crabmeat are tossed with pasta and a choice of marinara sauce or sherry cream. Reservations recommended. Dinner daily. Credit cards and checks. $$$

The Olive Branch Cafe
1995 Barataria Blvd., Marrero, (504) 348-2008; 5145 Gen. DeGaulle Drive, (504) 393-1107; www.olivebranchcafe.com
Eggplant Napoleon features eggplant, Italian sausage, ground beef, onions and peppers topped with crawfish cream sauce, sun-dried tomatos, onions and red peppers, served with angel hair pasta. The Mediterranean wrap bundles chicken, house-made hummus, feta, roasted red peppers and black olives in a tomato basil tortilla. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

Pascal's Manale
1838 Napoleon Ave., (504) 895-4877; www.pascalsmanale.com
Signature New Orleans barbecue shrimp features head-on Gulf shrimp in tangy, buttery sauce served with French bread. Frutti di mare features scallops, crab, shrimp and oysters served with pasta in a light marinara sauce. Reservations recommended. Lunch Mon.-Fri., dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $$$

Pepperoni's Cafe
8123 Hampson St., (504) 865-0336; www.pepperoniscafe.com
The chicken Caprese panino features grilled chicken breast, spinach, fresh tomatos, pesto aioli and mozzarella cheese. Seafood pasta combines crawfish, crabmeat, mushrooms and vegetables in lemon-dill cream sauce over fettuccine pasta and comes with breadsticks. Reservations accepted. Breakfast Sat.-Mon., lunch and dinner daily, late-night Fri.-Sat. Credit cards. $$

Red Gravy
125 Camp St., (504) 561-8844; www.redgravycafe.com
Braciolle is pork loin rolled with cheese, herbs, currants and pignoli, braised in tomato sugo and served over house-made pappardelle. Cioppino is an Italian seafood stew of clams, mussels, Gulf shrimp and calamari in tomato-basil sugo served with ciabatta. Reservations accepted. Breakfast and lunch Mon. and Wed.-Fri., dinner Thu.-Sat., brunch Sat.-Sun. Credit cards. $$$

Ristorante da Piero
401 Williams Blvd., Kenner, (504) 469-8585; www.ristorantedapiero.net
House-made tortelloni are served with bolognese sauce or sage butter. Veal Marsala features top-round veal with Marsala reduction, vegetables and a potato. Reservations recommended. Lunch and dinner Tue.-Sat. Credit cards and checks. $$

Romano Italian Street Food
4620 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie, (504) 872-9992; www.myromano.com
Meat-zetta is a cheese pizza base topped with steak, Italian sausage, meatballs, chicken and marinara. The build-your-own piadina wrap includes a choice of whole wheat or white wrap, protein, toppings and house-made sauce. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $

Sandro's Trattoria
6601 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie, (504) 888-7784; www.sandrostrattoria.com
The seafood cannelloni special is a house-made, crawfish- and crabmeat-stuffed crepe served atop angel hair pasta with seafood Alfredo sauce. Pan-seared speckled trout is served with crabmeat, mushroom Alfredo sauce and angel hair pasta. Reservations recommended. Lunch and dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $$

Semolina
Clearview Mall, 4436 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie, (504) 454-7930; www.semolina.com
Shrimp Roban features sauteed shrimp over shell pasta with cream sauce, green onions and parsley. Double Cheeseburger pasta includes ground beef, onions, cheese sauce, sesame seeds, lettuce, tomato, cheddar, potato sticks, pickles and mustard. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

Specialty Italian Bistro
2330 Belle Chasse Hwy., Gretna, (504) 391-1090; www.specialtyitalianbistro.com
Shrimp scampi features shrimp sauteed in garlic, white wine and lemon butter served over linguine. Eggplant and shrimp are topped with creamy seafood sauce and served with capellini marinara or fettuccine Alfredo. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

Tommy's Cuisine
746 Tchoupitoulas St., (504) 581-1103; www.tommys- neworleans.com
Pollo di Parma is a sauteed chicken breast topped with prosciutto, eggplant, mozzarella, Roma tomatos, mushrooms, fresh basil and red wine sauce. Fillet of fish maison is topped with meuniere and jumbo lump crabmeat and served with brabant potatoes and vegetables. Reservations recommended. Dinner daily. Credit cards. $$$

Tommy's Wine Bar
752 Tchoupitoulas St., (504) 525-4790; www.tommysneworleans.com
Tommy's Wine Bar offers 20 wines by the glass and a list of 150 bottles. Diners can order items from the menu of the adjoining Tommy's Cuisine. Oysters Tommy are baked on the half-shell and topped with Romano cheese, pancetta and roasted red peppers. No reservations. Credit cards. Dinner daily. $$

Tony Angello's Restaurant
6262 Fleur de Lis Drive, (504) 488-0888; www.tonyangellos.comTony Angello's Feed Me dinner offers guests sampling portions of popular dishes. Eggplant Tina features thin slices of breaded eggplant that are breaded, fried and layered with marinara sauce and Romano cheese. Reservations recommended. Dinner Tue.-Sat. Credit cards. $$

Tony Mandina's Restaurant
1915 Pratt St., Gretna, (504) 362-2010; www.tonymandinas.comEggplant Dominic features eggplant medallions stacked with crabmeat and shrimp dressing, topped with shrimp Alfredo sauce and served over angel hair pasta. Kolette's turtle soup is a traditional version made with snapping turtle meat. Reservations accepted. Lunch Tue.-Fri., dinner Fri.-Sat. Credit cards. $$

Tony Moran's Italian Restaurant
240 Bourbon St., (504) 524-0113; www.tonymorans.comA half-pound braised meatball is served with spaghetti and marinara sauce. Braised lamb shank is simmered in red wine with tomatos. Reservations recommended. Dinner daily, late-night Sat.-Sun. Credit cards.  $$

Venezia Restaurant
134 N. Carrollton Ave., (504) 488-7991; www.venezianeworleans.comVeal Pontchartrain is breaded and topped with artichoke hearts, mushrooms, crabmeat and lemon butter sauce. For a seafood special, fried soft-shell crab Pontchartrain comes with the same toppings. Reservations recommended. Lunch Wed.-Fri. and Sun., dinner Wed.-Sun. Credit cards. $$

Vincent's Italian Cuisine
4411 Chastant St., Metairie, (504) 885-2984; 7839 St. Charles Ave., (504) 866-9313; www.vincentsitaliancuisine.comHouse-made tagliatelle is topped with Louisiana shrimp, grilled artichokes and light cream sauce. The double-cut pork chop is stuffed with seafood dressing and served with pineapple demi-glace. Reservations accepted. Hours vary by location. Credit cards. $$



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