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New Orleans Winter Restaurant Guide 2015: Italian 

Amici Ristorante & Bar
3218 Magazine St., (504) 300-1250; www.amicinola.com
Amalfi pasta features shrimp and mussels in white wine garlic sauce over linguine. Lobster arancini are fried balls of risotto stuffed with Maine lobster meat. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$$

Andrea's Restaurant
3100 19th St., Metairie, (504) 834-8583; www.andreasrestaurant.com
Andrea's marks its 30th anniversary serving Italian cuisine in Metairie. Veal shank osso buco is braised in its own juices and served with saffron risotto or angel hair pasta. Trout amandine is served with lemon butter. Reservations recommended. Lunch and dinner daily, brunch Sun. Credit cards. $$$

Arabella Casa Di Pasta
2258 St. Claude Ave., (504) 267-6108; www.arabellanola.com
Diners can assemble an entree by choosing from lists of house-made pastas, sauces and extras such as roasted peppers or sausage. Arabella's spicy meatballs are made with beef, pork and andouille and served with pomodoro sauce. The Italian Stallion features meatballs, mozzarella, red peppers and pomodoro sauce on a garlic hoagie. No reservations. Lunch and dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $

Assunta's Italian Restaurant
2631 Gause Blvd. West., Slidell, (985) 649-9768; www.assuntas.com
Veal Assunta tops breaded and fried veal with shrimp and besciamella sauce and comes with a side of fettuccine. 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. Reservations accepted for large parties. Dinner Tue.-Sun. Credit cards and checks. $$

Bosco's Italian Cafe 2040 Hwy. 59, Suite 3, Mandeville, (985) 624-5066; www.boscositalian.com
The crawfish king cake appetizer is puff pastry filled with crawfish tails and a blend of Romano and cream cheese. The muffuletta is layered with salami, mortadella, smoked ham, mozzarella, provolone and olive salad. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $$

Bravo! Cucina Italiana
3413 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie, (504) 828-8828; www.bravoitalian.com
Chicken scaloppine features sauteed chicken, roasted portobello mushrooms, provolone, lemon-caper butter sauce, feta and tomatoes over herb linguine. Crispy Romano-breaded eggplant is topped with sauteed crawfish in fra diavolo sauce and served over angel hair pasta. Reservations recommended. Lunch Mon.-Fri., dinner daily, brunch Sat.-Sun. Credit cards. $$

Cafe Ditali's
1650 Manhattan Blvd., Suite E, Harvey, (504) 361-0058; www.ditalis.com
Fiery Hawaiian pizza features Canadian bacon, pineapple, green and black olives, jalapenos and tomatoes. The spinach calzone is stuffed with spinach, ricotta and mozzarella, and optional additional fillings include artichoke hearts. Delivery available. Reservations accepted for large parties. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $

Cafe Giovanni
117 Decatur St., (504) 529-2154; www.cafegiovanni.com
Jumbo Gulf shrimp are served in sweet and spicy sauce with portobello mushrooms, fried green tomatoes and Italian cheese grits. Roasted half duck glazed with sweet Marsala and roasted garlic is served with garlic mashed potatoes. Reservations recommended. Dinner daily. Credit cards. $$$

Cafe Roma
1901 Sophie Wright Place, (504) 524-2419; www.caferomauptown.com
Grilled shrimp white pizza includes onion, tomato and fresh basil. Baked manicotti features pasta shells stuffed with blended cheeses and topped with tomato sauce and mozzarella. No reservations. Lunch, dinner and late-night daily. Credit cards. $$

Cibugnu
709 St. Charles Ave., (504) 558-8990; www.cibugnu.com
Two Run Farms veal shank osso buco is served with smashed celery root and wood-fired carrots. Agnolotti is nduja-stuffed pasta with clams, mussels, shrimp and blue crab broth. Reservations accepted. Lunch, dinner Tue.-Sat. Credit cards. $$

Coscino's Italian Grill
1809 N. Causeway Blvd., Mandeville, (985) 727-4984; www.coscinositaliangrill.comLasagna layers pasta with red gravy, ground beef, Italian sausage, ricotta and mozzarella cheeses. Eggplant Parmesan tops lightly breaded eggplant medallions with red gravy and mozzarella and is served with pasta and house-baked bread. Reservations accepted. Lunch daily, dinner Tue.-Sun., late-night Sat. Credit cards. $$

Del Porto Ristorante
501 E. Boston St., Covington, (985) 875-1006; www.delportoristorante.com
Pompano is served with a ragout of local duck and Parmesano Reggiano. A grilled, bone-in veal chop is prepared with roasted garlic and served with potatoes, brown butter artichokes and veal reduction. Reservations recommended. Lunch and dinner Tue.-Sat. Credit cards. $$$

Domenica
The Roosevelt Hotel, 123 Baronne St., (504) 648-6020; www.domenicarestaurant.com
Chefs John Besh and Alon Shaya's rustic Italian menu includes crab and burrata cannelloni with roasted tomatoes and white truffle risotto. Roasted carrot pizza is topped with goat cheese, red onions, Brussels sprouts, beets and hazelnut. Reservations recommended. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$$

Eleven79
1179 Annunciation St., (504) 299-1179; www.facebook.com/eleven79nola
The menu of traditional Italian dishes includes veal Eleven79, featuring sauteed veal, roasted peppers, asparagus and mozzarella cheese. Sauteed scallops and shrimp Amalfi is served with Limoncello sauce and spinach. Reservations recommended. Lunch Thu.-Fri., dinner Tue.-Sat. Credit cards. $$$

Fausto's Bistro
530 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie, (504) 833-7121; www.faustosbistro.com
Pesce Siciliana is a fillet of fish sauteed in herbed white wine-lemon sauce and topped with shrimp, capers and Italian herbs. Italian sausage is prepared with bell peppers, onions, garlic and Italian herbs in marinara and served with angel hair pasta. Reservations accepted. Lunch Mon.-Fri., dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $$

Fazzio's Restaurant
1841 N. Causeway Blvd., Mandeville, (985) 624-9704; www.fazziosrestaurant.com
Appetizers include seared rare ahi tuna with Asian barbecue glaze. Black-N-Bleu salad tops romaine lettuce with slices of blackened sirloin, blue cheese and Caesar dressing. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $$

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

Giorlando's Restaurant
741 Bonnabel Blvd., Metairie, (504) 835-8593; www.giorlandosrestaurant.com
Mama G's eggplant features lightly battered eggplant medallions served over angel hair pasta 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. $$

Happy Italian Pizzeria
7105 Jefferson Hwy., Harahan, (504) 305-4666; www.happyitalian.com
The menu includes pizza, calzones, salads, sandwiches, pasta and more. Roasted portobello mushroom salad includes arugula, Roma tomatoes and lemon basil-Dijon dressing. The Italian pulled pork sandwich is dressed with provolone, Italian herbs and greens on wheat bread. Reservations accepted for large parties. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards and checks. $

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

Irene's Cuisine
539 St. Philip St., (504) 529-8811
Oysters Irene features six oysters on the half-shell topped with Romano cheese, pancetta and pimiento peppers. Oven-roasted duck is served on a bed of spinach tossed in raspberry vinaigrette with mashed sweet potatoes. Reservations accepted. Dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $$

Isabella's Pizzeria
200 Hewitt Road, Hammond, (985) 230-9900; 2660 Florida St., Mandeville, (985) 674-5700; 70452 Hwy. 21, Suite 500, Covington, (985) 875-7620; www.isabellaspizzeria.net
Four Seasons pizza offers a taste of four pizzas — tomato and basil, green onion sausage, seafood and spinach combo — separated by braided dough. The chicken pesto sandwich features baked chicken, roasted red peppers, caramelized onions and pesto mayonnaise on house-made flatbread. Delivery available. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner daily. 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. $$$

Marcello's Wine Bar and Bistro
715 St. Charles Ave., (504) 581-6333; www.marcelloscafe.com
The menu includes seafood and classic Italian dishes. Braised pork cheeks are served with mushrooms, Marsala and veal demi-glace over angel hair pasta. Tritone pasta is topped with lobster, shrimp and crab and sherry sauce. Reservations accepted. Lunch Mon.-Fri., dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $$$

Mariza2900 Chartres St., (504) 598-5700; www.marizaneworleans.com
Chef Ian Schnoebelen's menu combines Italian dishes and Louisiana elements, including raw oysters. Crispy, house-made guanciale is served in a salad with butter lettuce and cherry tomatoes. Whole fish of the day is served with fennel salad and lemon vinaigrette. No reservations. Dinner Tue.-Sat. Credit cards. $$

Maximo's Italian Grill
1117 Decatur St., (504) 586-8883; www.maximosgrill.com
Filet Caprese is an 8-ounce filet topped with tomato and mozzarella and served with sauteed spinach and bourbon glaze. Duck confit is served over red pepper fettuccine with spinach and grape tomatoes. Reservations accepted. Dinner daily. Credit cards. $$$

Mona Lisa Restaurant
1212 Royal St., (504) 522-6746
Mardi Gras pasta combines shrimp and spicy red cream sauce over linguine. Paneed veal is seasoned with Italian herbs and served with linguine Alfredo. No reservations. Lunch Fri.-Sun., dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

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

Nonna Mia Cafe & Pizzeria
3125 Esplanade Ave., (504) 948-1717; www.nonnamia.net
Seared Atlantic salmon is served with lemon-butter caper sauce, spinach and sauteed vegetables. Shrimp Diablo features house-made fettuccine, pan-seared shrimp and spicy arrabbiata 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. Seafood pasta combines Gulf shrimp and crabmeat over pasta with marinara or sherry cream. Reservations accepted. Dinner daily. Credit cards and checks. $$$

The Olive Branch Cafe
1995 Barataria Blvd., Marrero; (504) 348-2008; 5145 General De Gaulle Drive, Algiers (504) 393-1107; www.olivebranchcafe.com
Becky's pasta includes sauteed shrimp, red onions and mushrooms in cream sauce over angel hair pasta with breaded eggplant and Parmesan. The spicy Cajun trio features sauteed crawfish, smoked sausage and chicken with Cajun tomato cream sauce over penne pasta. Reservations accepted for large parties. 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. The combination pan roast includes oysters, shrimp and crabmeat seasoned with parsley and shallots. Reservations recommended. Lunch Mon.-Fri., dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $$$

Pie, Pizza & Pastas
814 S. Peters St., (504) 528-2743; www.piepizzaandpastas.com
Carnivore pie is topped with bacon, Canadian bacon, Italian sausage, ham and pepperoni. Traditional Italian lasagna is made in house. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily, late-night Thu.-Sat. Credit cards. $$

Pizza Florence
4445 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie, (504) 888-7888; www.pizzaflorence.net
Vegetarian pasta combines tomatoes, mushrooms, green peppers and white onions in marinara sauce served over penne pasta and is served with salad and garlic bread. The Florence special toasted sandwich is filled with pepperoni, salami, ham, black olives, onions and mozzarella. Delivery available. Reservations accepted. Lunch Mon.-Sat., dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

Porter & Luke's
1517 Metairie Road, Metairie, (504) 875-4555; www.porterandlukes.com
Eggplant Vincent fills a skinned, hollowed-out, deep-fried eggplant with shrimp, crawfish and green peppers in cream sauce and comes with angel hair pasta. A fried half chicken is served with french fries or potatoes. Reservations recommended. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

Red Gravy
125 Camp St., (504) 561-8844; www.redgravycafe.com
Florentine eggs features eggs baked with spinach and cheese and is served with seasonal fruit. House-made quattro formaggi ravioli consists of ricotta, mozzarella, Asiago and Parmesan served with light pomodoro and basil sugo. Reservations accepted. Dinner Thu.-Sat., brunch Wed.-Mon. Credit cards. $$$

Ristorante da Piero
401 Williams Blvd., Kenner, (504) 469-8585; www.ristorantedapiero.net
House-made tagliatelle pasta is served with sauteed prosciutto and peas in light tomato sauce. Seafood pasta is topped with steamed mussels, clams and jumbo shrimp in white wine tomato sauce. Reservations recommended. Lunch Tue.-Fri., dinner Tue.-Sat. Credit cards and checks. $$$

Romano Italian Street Food
4620 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie, (504) 872-9992; www.myromano.com
Fat City marinara steak pasta features skirt steak, peppers, onions, garlic and marinara over pasta. Rotolos are baked wraps with fillings such as pepperoni and creamy artichoke mix topped with Romano cheese. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $

Sandro's Trattoria
6601 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie, (504) 888-7784; www.sandrostrattoria.com
Seafood cannelloni is stuffed with crawfish and crabmeat and served over angel hair pasta with seafood Alfredo sauce. House-made crab cakes are served over angel hair primavera with garlic-butter sauce. Reservations recommended. Lunch and dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $$$

Specialty Italian Bistro
2330 Belle Chasse Highway, Gretna, (504) 391-1090; www.specialtyitalianbistro.com
Lasagna is made with lean ground beef, sausage, cheeses and house-made marinara and served with salad and garlic cheese bread. Chicken piccata features pan-fried chicken served in piccata sauce with capers over angel hair pasta, a salad and garlic cheese bread. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

Tommy's Cuisine
746 Tchoupitoulas St., (504) 581-1103; www.tommysneworleans.com
Pompano papillotte is pompano baked in parchment paper with fresh herbs and vegetables and served with bechamel. Soft-shell crab pasta features crawfish in Reggiano sauce over linguine. Reservations recommended. Dinner daily. Credit cards. $$$

Tony Mandina's Restaurant
1915 Pratt St., Gretna, (504) 362-2010; www.tonymandinas.com
Kolette's turtle soup is made with snapping turtle meat. The brociolone is a loaf of rolled beef stuffed with breadcrumbs, braised with red sauce and topped with mozzarella. Reservations accepted. Lunch Tue.-Fri., dinner Fri.-Sat. Credit cards. $$

Tony Moran's Restaurant
240 Bourbon St., (504) 524-0113; www.tonymorans.com
Tony's Mediterranean pasta features crawfish tails sauteed in white wine with diced tomatoes, capers, black olives and garlic and served with linguine. The buffa ballo is a large meatball served with spaghetti and marinara. Reservations recommended. Dinner daily. Credit cards. $$$

Two Tony's Restaurant
8536 Pontchartrain Blvd., (504) 282-0801; www.two-tonys.com
Baked eggplant, crabmeat and shrimp au gratin is topped with sharp cheddar and Romano breadcrumbs. Lasagna is made with five cheeses, Italian sausage and ground beef. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner Tue.-Sat. Credit cards. $$

Venezia Restaurant
134 N. Carrollton Ave., (504) 488-7991
The menu offers classic Creole Italian dishes and pizza. Veal Pontchartrain is breaded and topped with artichoke hearts, mushrooms, crabmeat and lemon butter sauce. Steak choices include an 8-ounce center-cut filet. 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.com
Cannelloni made in house is stuffed with ground veal, spinach and Parmesan, baked in Alfredo sauce and topped with house-made tomato sauce. Creamy corn and crab bisque is served in a toasted bread bowl. Reservations accepted. Hours vary by location. Credit cards. $$

Tony Angello's Ristorante
6262 Fleur De Lis Drive, (504) 488-0888; www.tonyangellos.com
Tony Angello's Feed Me dinner offers guests sampling portions of popular dishes. Eggplant Tina features thin slices of fried eggplant topped with house-made tomato sauce and Romano cheese. Reservations recommended. Dinner Tue.-Sat. Credit cards. $$





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