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A MANO 870 Tchoupitoulas St., 208-9280; A Mano takes a hands-on approach to regional Italian cuisine. A wide variety of cured meats are made in house and featured on tasting plates or in pastas. The coniglio della casa features slow-cooked rabbit with oil-cured olives, roasted garlic and thyme. The pici all'aglione is hand-rolled pici pasta with garlic, parsley, olive oil and breadcrumbs. Reservations recommended. Lunch Fri., dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $$

ADOLFO'S 611 Frenchmen St., 948-3800 This cozy Creole-Italian cafe serves steamed mussels as an appetizer, and stuffed cannelloni are a specialty. There are usually five different fish offered each night, including choices such as grouper, which can be prepared a number of ways and optionally topped with seafood-laden "ocean" sauce. Reservations accepted for large parties. Dinner daily. Checks. $$

ANDREA'S RESTAURANT 3100 19th St., Metairie, 834-8583; Northern Italian cooking anchors chef Andrea Apuzzo's namesake restaurant. The veal chop Valdostana is stuffed with fontina cheese and prosciutto and topped with mushroom sauce. Red snapper Crazy Water features a sauteed snapper fillet served with tomatoes, garlic, oregano and pepperoncini peppers. Reservations recommended. Lunch and dinner daily, brunch Sun. Credit cards. $$$

ASSUNTA'S ITALIAN RESTAURANT 2631 Gause Blvd. W, Slidell, (985) 649-9768; For more than 20 years, Assunta's has served Neapolitan cuisine. Veal Assunta is lightly breaded and topped with creamy shrimp baciamella sauce. Veal osso buco is sauteed with diced tomatoes and onions and served over bowtie pasta. Reservations accepted for large parties. Dinner Tue.-Sun. Credit cards. $$$

BOSCO'S ITALIAN CAFE 2040 Hwy. 59, Suite D, Mandeville, (985) 624-5066; Italian favorites are served in hearty portions at Bosco's. Calamari is sauteed in olive oil with garlic and green onions, and the tomato and mozzarella salad is dressed with balsamic vinaigrette. Meatballs are piled high over pasta or stuffed into Italian bread with provolone and red sauce. Reservations accepted for large parties. Lunch Tue.-Sun., dinner Tue.-Sat. Credit cards and checks. $$$

BRAVO CUCINA ITALIANA 3413 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie, 828-8828; Hearty, Italian-style entrees like rigatoni tossed with grilled chicken and mushrooms are the main attraction at Bravo. The meatless verduta pizza is topped with asparagus, mushrooms, tomatoes, red onions and two cheeses. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

CAFE DIBLASI 1801 Stumpf Blvd., Terrytown, 361-3106; Cafe DiBlasi's Italian cooking traces its roots to family traditions from Florence and Palermo. Pan-fried chicken is topped with capers and artichokes in lemon butter sauce. Bracioloni is steak flattened out and rolled with Italian meats and cheeses and simmered in tomato sauce. Reservations accepted. Lunch Tue.-Fri., dinner Tue.-Sat. Credit cards. $$

CAFE DITALI'S 2104 Manhattan Blvd., Harvey, 361-0058 Cafe Ditali's shows a knack for creative renditions of Italian classics. Crab cake Parmesan is served over angel hair pasta with spicy marinara. Shrimp carbonara combines bacon, sauteed shrimp and Alfredo sauce over penne. Reservations recommended for large parties. Lunch and dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. Credit cards. $$

CAFE GIOVANNI 117 Decatur St., 529-2154; Chef Duke LoCicero puts a creative twist on Italian fare. Signature oysters Giovanni are lightly fried oysters served on a colorful bed of five sauces. A traditional option is spaghetti with homemade meatballs with marinara sauce. Duck classico is a garlic-glazed roasted half duck served with sweet Marsala sauce and mashed potatoes. Reservations recommended. Dinner daily, late-night Fri-Sat. Credit cards. $$$

CAFE ROMA 1901 Sophie Wright Place, 524-2419; Best known for gourmet pizza, Cafe Roma turns out popular items like barbecue chicken pizza with sliced tomatoes, red onions, green peppers and tangy barbecue sauce. Fettuccini Alfredo is topped with grilled chicken. The dessert selection includes tiramisu. Delivery available. No reservations. Lunch, dinner and late-night daily. Credit cards. $

DICRISTINA'S 810 N. Covington St., Suite C, Covington, (985) 875-0160; Baked macaroni is a crowd-pleaser at DiCristina's, and it appears alongside dishes ranging from meatballs and eggplant Parmesan to chicken bordelaise and fried seafood. Look for specials like trout Jacob, which is served over pasta with crawfish sauce. Reservations accepted for large parties. Lunch Tue.-Fri., dinner Tue.-Sat. Credit cards. $$

DOMENICA 123 Baronne St., 648-6020; Located in the Roosevelt Hotel, chef John Besh's rustic Italian dishes combine imported Italian cured meats and cheeses with local ingredients, such as pork from pigs raised on the Northshore for his restaurants. Dishes include wood-grilled pizza and tagliatelle with rabbit ragu and porcini mushrooms. Many pastas are made in house. Reservations recommended. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

ELEVEN79 1179 Annunciation St., 299-1179; Classic Italian dishes fill the menu at this intimate restaurant just outside the Warehouse District. Osso buco is a veal shank served Milanese style with pappardelle. The tomato and crab salad features balsamic vinaigrette drizzled over vine-ripened tomato slices and jumbo lump crabmeat. Reservations recommended. Lunch Thu.-Fri., dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $$$

FAUSTO'S BISTRO 530 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie, 833-7121; Fausto's prepares Northern Italian and Sicilian cuisine. Veal saltimbocca features veal medallions sauteed with mushrooms and herbs, topped with prosciutto and mozzarella and flamed in Marsala. Parmesan-crusted Gulf fish is topped with crabmeat, tomato and white wine butter sauce. Reservations recommended. Lunch Mon.-Fri., dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $$

FAZZIO'S RESTAURANT 1841 N. Causeway Blvd., Mandeville, (985) 624-9704; Traditional Italian dishes and Louisiana seafood share the billing at Fazzio's. The Jimbob shrimp are stuffed with crabmeat and served over pasta with crabmeat cream sauce. Veal Ledet is topped with crawfish and artichokes in brandy cream sauce. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $$

FRANK'S RESTAURANT 933 Decatur St., 525-1602; Frank's started out as an Italian deli and became a full-service restaurant. The muffuletta remains a fixture on the menu. Entrees include shrimp or crawfish Gagliano, cooked in butter with garlic, green onions, fresh sweet basil, served over angel hair pasta with Romano cheese. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

GIO'S VILLA VANCHERI 2890 E. Causeway Approach, Mandeville, (985) 624-2597; Specialties at this upscale Italian eatery include cioppino de mare, a stew of mixed seafood in a rich broth. There is an array of veal dishes and steaks, like the filetto Gorgonzola cooked with shallots and topped with blue cheese. Reservations recommended. Lunch Tue.-Fri., dinner Tue.-Sat. Credit cards. $$$

GIORLANDO'S RESTAURANT 741 Bonnabel Blvd., Metairie, 835-8593; Giorlando's mix of casual Italian and Creole cuisine includes everything from mashed potatoes and gravy to meatballs and spaghetti. Mama G's eggplant features lightly fried eggplant slices over angel hair pasta with shrimp au gratin sauce. Grilled chicken is served with a side of tomato-basil pasta. No reservations. Lunch and dinner Mon.-Fri. Credit cards and checks. $$

IMPASTATO'S RESTAURANT 3400 16th St., Metairie, 455-1545; Impastato's offers a four-course menu with your choice of appetizer, house-made pasta, salad du jour and choice of entree. Try the pecan-smoked filet mignon or soft-shell crab. The osso buco is a slow-roasted veal shank served with gravy, vegetables and rice. Reservations recommended. Dinner Tue.-Sat. Credit cards. $$$

IRENE'S CUISINE 539 St. Philip St., 529-8811 Aromas of garlic, rosemary and basil perfume the air inside this intimate eatery. Signature dishes include baked oysters Irene, topped with Italian cheeses and pancetta, mussels steamed in wine, and roasted chicken. Reservations accepted. Dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $$

ITALIAN BARREL 430 Barracks St., 569-0198; This casual cafe by the French Market specializes in Northern Italian cuisine. Bresaola, the cured, thinly sliced beef, is served as an appetizer or entree. Popular entrees include veal osso buco and porcini and truffle ravioli served with white wine cream sauce. There also are cheese boards and cured-meat plates. Reservations recommended. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

LEONARDO TRATTORIA 709 St. Charles Ave., 558-8986 Leonardo specializes in wood-oven pizzas and pasta made in house. There also are calzones, salads and seafood, veal and chicken dishes. Pasta choices include spaghetti carbonara with pancetta, Pecorino cheese, egg and creamy sauce. The namesake bruschetta Leonardo tops toasted focaccia with goat cheese, herbs and dried blueberries. Reservations accepted. Lunch Wed.-Fri., dinner Mon.-Sun., brunch Sun. Credit cards. $$

MAXIMO'S ITALIAN GRILL 1117 Decatur St., 586-8883; The open kitchen allows guests to watch as cooks prepare their meals. Diver scallops are seared in habanero-infused oil and served atop warm seasonal greens. The osso buco features a braised veal shank finished with garlic, thyme and white wine demi-glace, served with grilled asparagus and roasted red potatoes. Reservations recommended. Dinner daily. Credit cards. $$$

MIMI'S ITALIAN AND SEAFOOD RESTAURANT 10160 Jefferson Hwy., River Ridge, 737-6464; Chef Pete Vazquez has helped add a creative flourish to Italian and Creole cooking at Mimi's. Ligurian braised pork is slow cooked with anchovies, olives, basil and garlic and served with fontina cheese polenta. House-made duck liver tortellini is combined with caramelized onions, pancetta and red wine vinegar sauce. Reservations recommended. Lunch Fri., dinner Tue.-Sat. Credit cards. $$$

MR. ED'S SEAFOOD AND ITALIAN RESTAURANT 910 W. Esplanade Ave., Kenner, 463-3030; 1001 Live Oak St., Metairie, 838-0022; Mr. Ed's is known for fried chicken and Italian dishes. Diners can choose red, white or lima beans with rice. Seasonal specialties include shepherd's pie, crawfish and soft-shell crab dishes. No reservations. Lunch and dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $$

MONA LISA RESTAURANT 1212 Royal St., 522-6746 Specialty pizzas and pasta dishes are featured at this bohemian French Quarter hideaway. Mardi Gras linguine includes andouille and shrimp in tomato cream sauce. A combination pizza is loaded with pepperoni, Italian sausage, ham, black olives, onions, mushrooms and green peppers. The lasagna is popular. No reservations. Lunch Fri.-Mon., dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

MOSCA'S 4137 Hwy. 90 W., Avondale, 436-9942; Mosca's hearty Italian cooking is perfect for family-style dining. Oysters Mosca are local oysters baked with breadcrumbs and Italian seasonings. Chicken a la Grande features chicken sauteed with rosemary, seasonings, whole garlic cloves and white wine. Reservations recommended. Dinner Tue.-Sat. Cash only. $$$

NONNA MIA 3125 Esplanade Ave., 948-1717; This cafe and pizzeria serves gourmet pies, pasta, panini and salads. The Divine portobello appetizer combines mushrooms, grilled chicken and spinach with creamy, spicy red pepper sauce. There are daily ravioli specials and house-made tiramisu and cheesecake. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

R & O'S RESTAURANT 216 Old Hammond Hwy., Metairie, 831-1248 R & O's offers pizza, po-boys and hot tamales. The seafood platters come feature combinations of shrimp, fish, oysters and soft-shell crabs. The most popular pizza is meatball and onion. The po-boy selection includes roast beef and chicken Parmesan. No reservations. Lunch daily, dinner Wed.-Sun. Credit cards. $$

RED GRAVY 125 Camp St., 561-8844; Order one of this casual cafe's sandwiches dressed New Orleans style, or Parmesan-style with mozzarella and red sauce or Italian-style with sauteed greens and provolone. Pasta dishes are topped with homemade sauce and served with garlic bread. Meatballs are made from ground beef or pork. Delivery available. No reservations. Breakfast and lunch daily. Credit cards. $

RISTORANTE CARMELO 1901 Hwy. 190, Mandeville, (985) 624-4844; Ristorante Carmelo serves a range of traditional Italian dishes. Pasta dishes include mushroom ravioli and tortellini served with meat sauce. The veal chop Provence is a hand-cut chop stuffed with prosciutto and fontina cheese. For dessert, try the homemade ice cream or chocolate pannacotta. Lunch Mon.-Fri., dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $$$

RISTORANTE DA PIERO 401 Williams Blvd., Kenner, 469-8585; The menu at Ristorante Da Piero combines original dishes with those of the Romaga region of Northern Italy. Pastas are made in house, including the popular crabmeat ravioli served with lobster sauce, or try the free-range duck. Reservations accepted. Lunch Tue.-Fri., dinner Tue.-Sat. Credit cards. $$$

RISTORANTE DEL PORTO 501 E. Boston St., Covington, (985) 875-1006; Tuscan flavors inspire the contemporary Italian cooking at Ristorante del Porto. Winter specialties include a roasted veal chop served with sweet potato hash while the braised Mississippi rabbit is prepared cacciatore-style with herbed polenta. Reservations accepted. Lunch Tue.-Fri., dinner Tue.-Sat. Credit cards. $$$

RISTORANTE FILIPPO 1917 Ridgelake Drive, Metairie, 835-4008 Filippo specializes in traditional Italian dishes like pasta and meatballs, osso buco, and veal, chicken or eggplant Parmesan. For something a little different, try the oysters oregano, lightly dusted with Italian breadcrumbs, Romano cheese, garlic and rosemary. Reservations accepted. Lunch Mon.-Fri., dinner Tue.-Sat. Credit cards. $$

RIVERBEND BISTRO 8001-B W. St. Bernard Hwy., Arabi, 277-6996 Riverbend Bistro dishes up Italian cuisine in a family-friendly atmosphere. The menu features seafood dishes like soft-shell Camellia over pasta, eggplant Napoleon, and an Angus filet served either bordelaise (herbs, garlic and olive oil) or Pontchartrain (crabmeat and mushrooms) style. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

SAL & JUDY'S RESTAURANT 27491 Hwy. 190, Lacombe, (985) 882-9443 For 40 years, family recipes have made Sal & Judy's has been a Northshore institution. Popular dishes include the house-made lasagna. The spaghetti aglio olio is a traditional dish made with garlic and olive oil and served with Italian sausage. Reservations recommended. Lunch Sun., dinner Wed.-Sun. Credit cards and checks. $$

SALVATORE RISTORANTE 3226 N. Arnoult Road, Metairie, 455-2433 Salvatore's veal dishes include osso buco, bruccilone, rolled with Italian stuffing, and veal piccata, sauteed in lemon butter and topped with Parmesan. The menu also features beef, pasta and seafood specialties. Reservations recommended. Lunch Mon.-Fri., dinner Mon.-Sat., brunch Sun. Credit cards. $$

SANDRO'S TRATTORIA 6601 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie, 888-7784; This Italian eatery offers classics including Aunt Vera's lasagna and chicken Marsala. The osso buco is made with pork and served over angel hair pasta. Reservations recommended. Lunch and dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $$

SMILIE'S RESTAURANT 5725 Jefferson Hwy., Harahan, 733-3000; Smilie's cuisine is centered on creative Italian fare and seafood. Catfish pecan is fried and topped with rich meuniere sauce, and baked lasagna is a house specialty. Smilie's also offers steaks and Gulf seafood platters. Reservations recommended. Lunch Mon.-Sat., dinner Tue.-Sat., brunch Sun. Credit cards. $$

SPECIALTY ITALIAN BISTRO 2330 Belle Chasse Hwy., Gretna, 391-1090 This bistro serves classic Italian dishes. Lasagna is layered with ground beef, pasta, house-made marinara and a blend of cheeses. Eggplant Parmesan features lightly breaded eggplant slices over pasta topped with marinara and a blend of cheeses. Delivery available. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

TOMMY'S CUISINE 746 Tchoupitoulas St., 581-1103; Tommy's specializes in Creole-Italian cuisine with a heavy focus on seafood. The daily fresh fish filet is sauteed, topped with grilled shrimp and served with roasted red peppers and beurre blanc. Reservations recommended. Dinner daily. Credit cards. $$$

TOMMY'S WINE BAR 752 Tchoupitoulas St., 525-4790; The wine bar has 150 bottles on its list, and 20 are served by the glass. It also has a full bar, and hungry patrons may order food from the adjoining restaurant, Tommy's Cuisine, or nibble on plates of pates and cheeses. No reservations. Dinner daily. Credit cards. $$$

TONY ANGELLO'S 6262 Fleur de Lis Drive, 488-0888 Regulars at this Creole-Italian institution love the "Feed me, Mr. Tony" option, a tasting menu of small portions selected by the chef. The lobster cup and eggplant Tina (eggplant medallions topped with Romano cheese and homemade tomato sauce) are popular dishes. Reservations recommended. Dinner Tue.-Sat. Credit cards. $$

TONY MANDINA'S 1915 Pratt St., Gretna, 362-2010; This restaurant offers a mix of Creole and Italian dishes. Eggplant St. Jude features hand-battered eggplant medallions layered with shrimp and crabmeat and topped with shrimp Alfredo sauce. Breaded veal also is served with shrimp and crabmeat in Alfredo sauce with angel hair pasta. Shrimp Mandina tops pasta with butterflied shrimp in spicy sauce. Reservations accepted. Lunch Tue.-Fri., dinner Fri.-Sat. Credit cards. $$

TONY MORAN'S RESTAURANT 240 Bourbon St., 523-4640 Tony Moran's got its fettuccine Alfredo recipe from none other than the dish's namesake, chef Alfredo di Lelio. The restaurant also serves classic Italian dishes like spaghetti and meatballs and veal Parmesan. Gumbo, seafood and some New Orleans specialties also are available. Catfish fillets are served with crabmeat stuffing and lemon butter. Reservations recommended. Dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

TULLY'S ITALIAN AND SEAFOOD 587 Central Ave., Jefferson, 734-3991; Tully's offers pizza and an array of sandwiches, salads and pastas. Machos are nachos topped with Italian meatballs. The crab cake linguine is served with a choice of red or white sauce. Reservations accepted for large parties. Lunch and dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards and checks. $$

VENEZIA RESTAURANT 134 N. Carrollton Ave., 488-7991; Classic Italian dishes at Venezia include pasta, seafood and veal. House specialties include eggplant Vatican, fettuccini Alfredo and steaks. Popular pizza toppings are pepperoni, Italian sausage, mushrooms, artichoke hearts and onions. Reservations accepted. Lunch Wed.-Fri. and Sun., dinner Wed.-Sun. Credit cards. $$

VINCENT'S ITALIAN CUISINE 4411 Chastant St., Metairie, 885-2984; 7839 St. Charles Ave., 866-9313; Vincent's serves a menu of classic Italian dishes, house-made pastas and daily specials such as grilled rack of lamb topped with fresh mint demi-glace and Brabant potatoes. Popular dishes include veal and chicken Marsala. Reservations accepted. Lunch Tue.-Fri., dinner Tue.-Sun. Credit cards. $$

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