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Winter Restaurant Guide 2016: Italian 

click to enlarge Tana at Treo’s Italian menu includes garganelli pasta with charred octopus, boudin noir ragu and mint.

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Tana at Treo’s Italian menu includes garganelli pasta with charred octopus, boudin noir ragu and mint.

Amici Ristorante & Bar
3218 Magazine St., (504) 300-1250; www.amicinola.com
Mussels Amici are prepared with tarragon, white wine and garlic and served with pomodoro tomato and garlic sauce. Coal-fired pizzas include the broccoli rabe salsiccia Italiana pie, which is topped with marinara, sauteed bitter Italian greens, Italian sausage and mozzarella. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$$

Andrea's Restaurant
3100 19th St., Metairie, (504) 834-8583; www.andreasrestaurant.com
Louisiana crabmeat is mixed with eggplant and seasonings in a crab cake and served with lemon butter sauce. Speckled trout is topped with lump crabmeat and served with lemon butter sauce. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner daily, brunch Sun. Credit cards. $$$

Angeletto's Pizzeria & Pub
220 S. Robertson St., (504) 581-3500; www.angelettos.com
Lasagna is made with ground beef, mozzarella, herbed ricotta, pasta and house-made marinara. The Angeletto's pie is topped with garlic sauce, grilled chicken, roasted red peppers, spinach, feta and mozzarella. Reservations accepted. Lunch Mon.-Fri. Credit cards. $

Arabella Casa di Pasta
2258 St. Claude Ave., (504) 267-6108; www.arabellanola.com
The Lambotomy includes Two Run Farm lamb, spicy tomato pesto, feta cheese and roasted red pepper rigatoni. John Belu-Cheese features chicken, Jack Daniel's whiskey sauce, blue cheese, green onions and fried chicken cracklings over rigatoni. No reservations. Dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $

Avo
5908 Magazine St., (504) 509-6550; www.restaurantavo.com
Chef Nick Lama's Italian restaurant makes its pastas in house. Short rib lasagna is served with wild mushrooms and bechamel. Chicken cacciatore comes with Tuscan black rice, cipollini onions and olives. Reservations accepted. Dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $$$

Bosco's Italian Cafe
2040 Highway 59, Suite 3, Mandeville, (985) 624-5066; www.boscositalian.com
The muffuletta includes salami, mortadella, smoked ham, mozzarella, provolone and olive salad. Lasagna features meat, five cheeses and house-made red sauce. 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
Chicken scaloppine features sauteed chicken, roasted portobello mushrooms, provolone, feta, tomatoes and lemon-caper butter sauce over herb linguine. Steak Diavolo is a sirloin served with crispy potatoes, roasted peppers, zucchini, mushrooms, spicy tomato cream sauce and horseradish aioli. Reservations accepted. 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
The cafe serves pizza, calzones, pasta dishes, sandwiches and more. Pasta Ditali features a chicken breast over penne pasta with mushrooms, onions and broccoli in white wine and olive oil sauce. The Philly cheese steak is dressed with smoked provolone on a hoagie roll. Delivery available. Reservations accepted for large parties. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $

Cafe Giovanni
117 Decatur St., (504) 529-2154; www.cafegiovanni.com
Giovanni's cannelloni are stuffed with beef, pork, veal, eggplant, cheese and pine nuts. Roasted half duck is glazed with sweet Marsala and roasted garlic and served with garlic mashed potatoes. Reservations recommended. Dinner daily. Credit cards. $$$

Carrabba's Italian Grill
4641 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie, (504) 779-2252: www.carrabbas.com
Chicken Bryan is topped with goat cheese, sun-dried tomatoes, basil and butter sauce. Fettuccine Weesie is fettuccine Alfredo topped with sauteed shrimp, garlic and mushrooms in white wine lemon butter sauce. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

Coscino's Italian Grill
1809 N. Causeway Blvd., Mandeville, (985) 727-4984; www.coscinositaliangrill.com
Lasagna has layers of pasta, red gravy, ground beef, Italian sausage, ricotta and mozzarella. Eggplant Parmesan features breaded eggplant medallions topped 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. $$

DiCristina's
810 N. Columbia St., Suite C, Covington, (985) 875-0160; www.dicristinas.com
Grilled shrimp and cheese ravioli are served with crabmeat cream sauce. Eggplant Drew features battered and fried medallions served over angel hair pasta with crawfish sauce. Reservations accepted for large parties. Lunch and dinner Tue.-Sat. Credit cards. $$

Domenica
The Roosevelt Hotel, 123 Baronne St., (504) 648-6020; www.domenicarestaurant.com
Chefs Alon Shaya and John Besh's restaurant serves pizzas and rustic Italian dishes. Fusilli pasta is topped with Gulf shrimp sugo and celery. Chicken alla Mattone features creamed leeks, fennel, potatoes and black truffles. Reservations recommended. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$$

Fausto's Bistro
530 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie, (504) 833-7121; www.faustosbistro.com
Veal saltimbocca features veal medallions sauteed with mushrooms and Italian herbs, topped with prosciutto and mozzarella and flamed in Marsala. Italian sausage is sauteed with peppers, onions, garlic, Italian herbs and marinara and served over angel hair pasta. Reservations recommended. Lunch Mon.-Fri., dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $$

Fury's Restaurant
724 Martin Behrman Ave., Metairie, (504) 834-5646; www.furysrestaurant.com
Veal Parmesan is served with pasta and vegetables. Trout Carrie is a fillet topped with jumbo lump crabmeat, scallions and butter sauce. No reservations. Lunch Mon.-Fri., dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $$$

Gio's Villa Vancheri
2890 E. Causeway Approach, Mandeville, (985) 624-2597
Osso buco Milanese is a veal shank slow-cooked with herbs and served with saffron risotto. Orecchio di elefante is a 16-ounce breaded veal chop pounded thin, cooked in olive oil and herbs and topped with arugula. Reservations recommended. Lunch Tue.-Fri., dinner Tue.-Sat. Credit cards. $$$

Giorlando's Restaurant
741 Bonnabel Blvd., Metairie, (504) 835-8593; www.giorlandosrestaurant.com
Chicken and eggplant Parmesan features two eggplant medallions and a breaded chicken breast served over angel hair pasta with melted mozzarella, red gravy and Alfredo sauce. The toasted muffuletta includes Italian meats, melted cheese and olive dressing. Reservations accepted for large parties. Lunch and dinner Mon.-Fri. Credit cards. $$

Happy Italian Pizzeria
7105 Jefferson Highway, Harahan, (504) 305-4666; www.happyitalian.com
The muffuletta calzone has a sesame seed crust and is filled with mozzarella, provolone, capicola and olive salad. Gulf snapper Palermo is broiled and served over sauteed baby spinach, artichoke hearts, crimini mushrooms and pasta. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards and checks. $$

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

Irene's Cuisine
539 St. Philip St., (504) 529-8811
Paneed oysters and grilled shrimp are served on a bed of spinach. Oven-roasted duck is served with mashed sweet potatoes and spinach in raspberry vinaigrette. 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 Highway 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 includes 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.comPorcini and truffle ravioli are finished with creamy white wine sauce and truffle extra virgin white olive oil. For a Friday and Saturday dinner special, veal osso buco is served with red sauce and polenta. Reservations recommended. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$$

La Divina Gelateria
621 St. Peter St., (504) 302-2692; www.ladivinagelateria.com
Sweet Italian sausage, onions and red and green bell peppers are served on pressed ciabatta. Pasta salad combines fresh mozzarella, basil, roasted red peppers and balsamic vinaigrette. No reservations. Breakfast and lunch daily. Credit cards. $

Marcello's Restaurant & Wine Bar
715 St. Charles Ave., (504) 581-6333; www.marcelloscafe.com
Braised pork cheeks are served with mushrooms, dry Marsala, veal demi-glace and Parmesan polenta. The Palermo features veal, chicken or eggplant scaloppine, tomatoes, mushrooms, capers and lemon butter over angel hair. Reservations accepted. Lunch Mon.-Fri., dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $$$

Mona Lisa
1212 Royal St., (504) 522-6746
Mardi Gras pasta features 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 Wed.-Mon. 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.ne
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Seared Atlantic salmon is served with lemon-butter caper sauce, spinach and sauteed vegetables. Shrimp Diablo features pan-seared shrimp, house-made fettuccine and spicy arrabbiata sauce. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

Nuvolari's 
246 Girod St., Mandeville, (985) 626-5619; www.nuvolaris.com
Genoa Gulf shrimp features shrimp tossed with penne pasta, sun-dried tomatoes and candied pecans in basil pesto cream sauce. The fried oyster carbonara features orecchiette pasta, pancetta, asparagus, garlic, shallots and Romano cheese sauce. Reservations accepted. Dinner daily. Credit cards and checks. $$$ 

The Olive Branch Cafe
1995 Barataria Blvd., Marrero; (504) 348-2008; 5145 General De Gaulle Drive, (504) 393-1107; www.olivebranchcafe.com.
Manicotti are filled with shrimp, crawfish, crabmeat and Italian cheeses and topped with seafood sauce. The shrimp carnival features sauteed shrimp, smoked sausage, onions, bell peppers and penne pasta in garlic cream sauce. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

Paladar 511
511 Marigny St., (504) 509-6782; www.paladar511.com
Tuna crudo is prepared with pistachios, avocado, fennel and navel oranges. A pizza is topped with house-made lamb sausage, garlic confit, roasted peppers, pine nuts and tzatiki. Reservations accepted. Dinner Wed.-Mon., brunch Sat.-Sun. Credit cards. $$

Pie, Pizza & Pastas
814 S. Peters St., (504) 528-2743; www.piepizzaandpastas.com
Swamp Thing pizza features Cajun tomato sauce, alligator and duck sausages and sweet onions. Shrimp Isabella features Gulf shrimp, red and green bell peppers, red onions and fettuccini. 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
Barbecue chicken pizza is house-made dough topped with barbecue sauce, grilled chicken, mozzarella, red onions, green bell peppers and diced tomatoes. Mediterranean salad includes grilled chicken over romaine lettuce, Kalamata olives, Roma tomatoes, roasted red peppers, red onions and feta cheese. Delivery available. Reservations accepted. Lunch Mon.-Sat., dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

Red Gravy
125 Camp St., (504) 561-8844; www.redgravycafe.com
Cannoli pancakes are stuffed with house-made cannoli filling and topped with cream, chocolate sauce and chocolate chips. Eggs Florentine is an individual casserole made with eggs, ricotta, herbs, baby spinach and mozzarella and served with organic applesauce. Reservations accepted. Brunch Wed.-Mon. Credit cards. $$

Sandro's Trattoria
6601 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie, (504) 888-7784; www.sandrostrattoria.com
Seafood cannelloni are stuffed with crawfish and crabmeat and served over angel hair pasta with seafood Alfredo sauce. Beef bushaloni is stuffed with prosciutto, spinach, artichoke hearts, breadcrumbs and Parmesan, and cooked in white-wine marinara and served over angel hair pasta. Reservations recommended. Lunch and dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $$$

Specialty Italian Bistro
2330 Belle Chasse Highway, Gretna, (504) 391-1090; www.specialtyitalianbistro.com
The menu includes pizza, calzones, pasta dishes and more. Veal Parmesan is served over pasta and topped with marinara and Parmesan cheese. The muffuletta pizza combines Italian olive salad, ham and salami. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

Tommy's Cuisine
746 Tchoupitoulas St., (504) 581-1103; www.tommysneworleans.com
Crispy roasted duck is deglazed with raspberry reduction and served over wild rice and spinach with toasted pecans and bacon. Seared Australian lamb chops are served with garlic mashed potatoes, rosemary port demi-glace and haricots verts. Reservations recommended. Dinner daily. Credit cards. $$$

Tony Angello's Ristorante
6262 Fleur De Lis Drive, (504) 488-0888; www.tonyangellos.com
The traditional Italian restaurant offers a "feed me" dinner featuring sample portions of 10 or 11 dishes such as the lobster cup, rosemary chicken and cannelloni. Eggplant Tina is fried eggplant medallions topped with red gravy and Romano cheese. Reservations recommended. Dinner Tue.-Sat. Credit cards. $$

Tony Moran's Restaurant
240 Bourbon St., (504) 524-0113; www.tonymorans.com
Chicken Tuscany features applewood-smoked chicken with spinach, sun-dried tomatoes, garlic, olive oil and Asiago cheese over penne pasta. Pasta puttanesca features spicy tomato sauce with capers and black olives over linguine pasta. Reservations recommended. Dinner daily. Credit cards. $$$

Treo
3835 Tulane Ave., (504) 304-4878; www.treonola.com
Tana at Treo features food by the owners of MoPho. Buckwheat gemelli pasta is topped with boudin noir ragout, grilled octopus and mint. Charred broccoli is served with cured Louisiana citrus, crushed chilies, roasted garlic and white anchovy. Reservations accepted for larger parties. Lunch Fri.-Sat., dinner Tue.-Sat. Credit cards. $$

Two Tony's Restaurant
8536 Pontchartrain Blvd., (504) 282-0801; www.two-tonys.com
Shrimp pasta Mediterranean features grilled Gulf shrimp with plum tomatoes, capers, Kalamata olives, basil, garlic, caramelized onions and red wine. Paneed chicken or veal Montalbano is served with Creole mushroom meuniere, a side and soup or salad. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner Tue.-Sat. Credit cards. $$

Venezia Restaurant
134 N. Carrollton Ave., (504) 488-7991; www.venezianeworleans.net
Baked cannelloni are stuffed with ground veal and fresh spinach and served with white or red sauce. The house special pizza features pepperoni, sausage, mushrooms, onions and artichoke hearts. 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
Oysters are sauteed with green onions, garlic and olive oil and served over angel hair pasta. House-made cannelloni are stuffed with ground veal, spinach and Parmesan, baked in Alfredo sauce and topped with house-made tomato sauce. Reservations accepted. Hours vary by location. Credit cards. $$




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