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Multicultural History
 

A Slice of Sicily

Italian Immgrant Statue detail
Riverfront statue dedicated to the New Orleans Italian immigrant community
Jazz Great Nick LaRocca
Italian Immigrants
arrived in the 1880s
Nick LaRocca
Early jazz leader Nick LaRocca
Muffuletta
The Muffuletta,
a New Orleans classic
Piazza d'Italia
Piazza d'Italia

The majority of Italian immigrants in New Orleans are from Sicily and started to arrive in large numbers in the 1880s to escape a homeland, that had fallen into a corrupt, dangerous, and unlawful state. They arrived in a city where previous Italian immigrants had already established a decent-sized community, dating back to the French era. In fact, the Italian-born Henri de Tonti, as part of a French expedition, explored Louisiana even before New Orleans existed and later became a leader in the fledgling colony. A street named Tonti still exists in the city.

The Italians began social clubs and benevolent organizations as other ethnic groups in New Orleans did. The oldest group began before the Civil War, but more and more formed with the wave of Sicilian immigrants during the last part of the 19th century. These organizations were often linked to a specific region in Italy to preserve customs among members and helped provide a support network for new arrivals. Many Italians settled in run-down apartments of the French Quarter, which, for a while, was locally known as “Little Italy.”

The Italians, like other poor immigrants, were met with discrimination and suspicion from locals. Tension particularly existed between them and the Irish, who immigrated decades earlier and were more established in the city. In 1890, many New Orleanians blamed the murder of a Police Chief David Hennessey on Italian immigrants, and over a hundred men were arrested in a sweep, but most were soon released. After a trial of several suspects led to acquittals, a mob stormed the jail and murdered eleven Italians. The lynchings made news worldwide, and pressure from Italy led the US government to pay reparations to the families of the murdered. For years and years after, the Italians of New Orleans were harassed by taunts of “Who killa the chief?”

Over the decades, however, Italians became integrated into New Orleans culture and society. The Sicilian tradition of building elaborate St. Joseph’s Day altars is now a New Orleans tradition. The city has had two Italian-American mayors, Robert Maestri and Victor Schiro. An obvious homegrown Italian contribution to the cuisine of the Crescent City is the muffuletta, a hearty sandwich of salami and provolone topped with a distinctive olive salad. Muffulettas, found at delis across the country, originated at Central Grocery on Decatur St. in the Quarter, a store still selling them to this day. Progresso, a national brand known for its soups, began as the Italian-owned Progressive Foods in New Orleans.

Nick LaRocca was an important Italian-American jazz musician at the birth of the genre, while New Orleans-born Louis Prima became a prominent singer and trumpeter during the swing era. The elegant Hotel Monteleone, first established by a Sicilian shoemaker, is a landmark in the French Quarter and is still run by the Monteleone family generations later.

Points of Interest

 
New Orleans Italian Restaurants
Adolfo's
611 Frenchmen St., New Orleans, LA 70116 [Map It]
(504) 948-3800

Neighborhood: Faubourg Marigny/Bywater
Attire: Casual
Price Range: $12-$18
Open For: Dinner (Call ahead for hours)
Cuisine Type/s: Italian, Seafood
Amici Ristorante & Bar
3218 Magazine St., New Orleans, LA 70115 [Map It]
(504) 300-1250
amicinola.com

Neighborhood: Uptown/Garden District
Attire: Casual
Price Range: $18-$24
Open For: Dinner (Call ahead for hours)
Cuisine Type/s: Italian, Pizza

Description: Eat. Drink. Love Italian. Taste the Love at Amici. Home of the Coal Fired Pizza!
Ancora
4508 Freret St., New Orleans, LA 70115 [Map It]
(504) 324-1636
www.ancorapizza.com

Neighborhood: Uptown/Garden District
Attire: Casual
Price Range: $12-$18
Open For: Lunch, Dinner (Call ahead for hours)
Cuisine Type/s: Italian, Pizza

Description: We are serving authentic Neapolitan pizzas and house-made salumi. We offer a great selection of wines entirely from the birthplace of pizza, the Campania region of southern Italy, hand-crafted cocktails and seasonal Italian sodas.
Angeletto Pizzeria
220 S. Robertson St., New Orleans, LA 70112 [Map It]
(504) 581-3500
www.angelettospizzeria.com

Neighborhood: Mid-City
Attire: Casual
Price Range: Under $12
Open For: Lunch, Dinner (Call ahead for hours)
Cuisine Type/s: American, Bar/Pub Food, Italian, Pizza
Cafe Giovanni
117 Decatur St., New Orleans, LA 70130 [Map It]
(504) 529-2154
www.cafegiovanni.com

Neighborhood: French Quarter
Attire: Business Casual
Price Range: $18-$24
Open For: Dinner (Call ahead for hours)
Cuisine Type/s: Italian

Description: Award-winning Chef Duke LoCicero continues to serve up his delectable New World Italian cuisine at this chic eatery just a few blocks off Canal Street. From your first bite of prosciutto pinwheels to your last savory taste of pasta gambino, you'll know you're dining somewhere special. Complimentary valet parking. Rated one of the top six new restaurants by New Orleans Magazine, and four stars by restaurant critic Tom Fitzmorris.
Cafe Nino
1510 S. Carrollton Ave., New Orleans, LA 70118 [Map It]
(504) 865-9200

Neighborhood: Uptown/Garden District
Attire: Casual
Price Range: Under $12
Open For: Lunch, Dinner (Call ahead for hours)
Cuisine Type/s: Italian, Pizza

Description: Cafe Nino is famous for the back street specialty of New York style thin crust Pizza and Philadelphia style steak sandwich. Also famous is the Italian dishes but is known for its serene setting and atmosphere.
Cafe Roma
1901 Sophie Wright Pl., New Orleans, LA 70130 [Map It]
(504) 524-2419

Neighborhood: Uptown/Garden District
Attire: Casual
Price Range: Under $12
Open For: Lunch, Dinner (Call ahead for hours)
Cuisine Type/s: Italian, Pizza

Description: Pizzas, salads, pastas and Creole dishes in funky Lower Garden District.
Cibugnu
709 St. Charles Ave., New Orleans, LA 70087 [Map It]
(504) 558-8990
www.cibugnu.com

Neighborhood: Central Business District/Downtown
Attire: Casual
Price Range: $12-$18
Open For: Dinner (Call ahead for hours)
Cuisine Type/s: Italian, Contemporary

Description: Tucked away in New Orleans’ business district, Cibugnu is a local favorite for homemade Italian food. With simple, fresh ingredients, Cibugnu is sure not to disappoint.
Crescent Pie & Sausage Company
4400 Banks St., New Orleans, LA 70119 [Map It]
(504) 482-2426
www.crescentpieandsausage.com

Neighborhood: Mid-City
Attire: Casual
Price Range: $12-$18
Open For: Lunch, Dinner (Call ahead for hours)
Cuisine Type/s: Cajun, French, Italian, Pizza, Sandwiches, Creole, Louisiana, Po-Boys

Description: True to it's name, Cresecent Pie & Sausage Company features some of the city's best pizza pie, sausage, and craft beer. With a daily happy hour from 4 to 7 pm and $10 daily lunch specials, Cresecnt Pie & Sausage Company is an ideal spot to grab a relaxed and tasty bite to eat.
Domenica
123 Baronne St., New Orleans, LA 70112 [Map It]
(504) 648-6020, (800) 925-3673
www.domenicarestaurant.com

Neighborhood: Central Business District/Downtown
Attire: Casual
Price Range: $12-$18
Open For: Lunch, Dinner (Call ahead for hours)
Cuisine Type/s: Italian, Pizza

Description: Adding a new chapter to the storied dining tradition at The Roosevelt New Orleans is Domenica, the latest creation of internationally acclaimed chef John Besh. Domenica brings an elegant take on the unique cuisine of rural Italy, prepared with Besh’s signature of using only the best local ingredients. Homemade pastas, cured meats and wood-fired pizzas all paired with a stylish, vibrant atmosphere create a dining experience that is sure to start a few traditions of its own.
Eleven 79
1179 Annunciation St., New Orleans, LA 70130 [Map It]
(504) 299-1179

Neighborhood: Uptown/Garden District
Attire: Business Casual
Price Range: Over $24
Open For: Dinner (Call ahead for hours)
Cuisine Type/s: Italian

Description: The house specialty is the chef's paneed "Veal Eleven 79," with asparagus, buffalo mozzarella, roasted red peppers and lemon sauce. The Wine list is majority Italian red wines.
Figaro's
7900 Maple St., New Orleans, LA 70118 [Map It]
(504) 866-0100
www.figarosrestaurant.com

Neighborhood: Uptown/Garden District
Attire: Casual
Price Range: $18-$24
Open For: Dinner (Call ahead for hours)
Cuisine Type/s: American, Italian, Pizza
Frank's Restaurant
933 Decatur St., New Orleans, LA 70116 [Map It]
(504) 525-1602
www.franksrestaurantneworleans.com

Neighborhood: French Quarter
Attire: Casual
Price Range: $12-$18
Open For: Lunch, Dinner (Call ahead for hours)
Cuisine Type/s: Italian, Sandwiches

Description: Known all over the city for their seafood and steak menu, this French Quarter restaurant offers the biggest steak in the French Quarter, a one pound ribeye. It celebrates its 40th anniversary in 2005.
Fresco's Cafe and Pizzeria
7625 Maple St., New Orleans, LA 70118 [Map It]
(504) 862-6363
www.frescocafe.us

Neighborhood: Uptown/Garden District
Attire: Casual
Price Range: Under $12
Open For: Lunch, Dinner (Call ahead for hours)
Cuisine Type/s: Italian, Pizza

Description: The Fresco Special is a sandwich packed with grilled chicken, mozzarella, caramelized onions and roasted peppers. But its specialty is still crispy, cheesy pizza.
Il Posto Italian Cafe
4607 Dryades St., New Orleans, LA 70116 [Map It]
(504) 895-2620
www.ilpostocafe-nola.com

Neighborhood: Uptown/Garden District
Attire: Casual
Price Range: Under $12
Open For: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner (Call ahead for hours)
Cuisine Type/s: Coffee Shops, Italian

Description: Il Posto Café is an Italian eatery serving breakfast, light fare, and small plate dishes in New Orleans’ Uptown neighborhood. Locals love Il Posto’s quiet, residential location and cozy ambiance. Customers recommend the bruschetta grilled cheese and tomato basil soup.
Irene's Cusine Of The French Quarter
539 St. Philip St., New Orleans, LA 70116 [Map It]
(504) 529-8811

Neighborhood: French Quarter
Attire: Casual
Price Range: $18-$24
Open For: Dinner (Call ahead for hours)
Cuisine Type/s: Continental, Italian

Description: Famous for their duck St. Philip which is roasted crispy and glazed with raspberry demi-glace, this Italian restaurant is a favorite amongst the locals. The favorites do not stop at dinner, try the Chocolate Hazelnut Truffle or the Bananas Foster bread pudding for dessert. No reservations.
The Italian Barrel
430 Barracks St., New Orleans, LA 70116 [Map It]
(504) 569-0198
www.italianbarrel.com

Neighborhood: French Quarter
Attire: Casual
Open For: Lunch, Dinner (Call ahead for hours)
Cuisine Type/s: Italian

Description: The Italian Barrel is an authentic Italian restaurant nestled in the heart of New Orleans’ French Quarter neighborhood. The restaurant prides itself on serving the finest, freshest Italian cuisine, with a subtle twist of Creole influence (the penne alla vodka with jumbo lump crabmeat is a must try). Chef Samantha Castagnetti is originally from Italy and serves the highest quality food with many items being directly imported from her home country.
The Italian Pie
125 N. Carrollton Ave., New Orleans, LA 70119 [Map It]
(504) 483-9949

Neighborhood: Mid-City
Attire: Casual
Price Range: Under $12
Open For: Lunch, Dinner (Call ahead for hours)
Cuisine Type/s: Italian, Pizza

Description: Started in New Orleans in 1992, this Italian restaurant is quickly building a reputation for great pizzas, calzones, salads and pasta.
Katie's Restaurant
3701 Iberville St., New Orleans, LA 70119 [Map It]
(504) 488-6582
www.katiesinmidcity.com

Neighborhood: Mid-City
Attire: Casual
Price Range: $12-$18
Open For: Lunch, Dinner (Call ahead for hours)
Cuisine Type/s: Cajun, Italian, Pizza, Louisiana, Po-Boys

Description: A neighborhood restaurant for the entire family. Featuring pizzas, po-boys, hamburger and creative spins on authentic New Orleans specialties.
La Divina Gelateria
621 St. Peter St., New Orleans, LA 70115 [Map It]
(504) 302-2692
www.ladivinagelateria.com

Neighborhood: French Quarter
Attire: Casual
Price Range: Under $12
Open For: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Sunday Brunch (Call ahead for hours)
Cuisine Type/s: Italian

Description: The owners of La Divina Gelateria first fell in love with life's simple pleasures while living in Florence, Italy. They looked forward to ending their day with a scoop or two of gelato, and decided to bring this custom back to New Orleans with them. La Divina makes it's gelato from scratch - no pastes or powders - and guests can taste the difference. Visitors can also purchase classic paninis and Italian espresso.
Liuzza's Restaurant And Bar
3636 Bienville St., New Orleans, LA 70119 [Map It]
(504) 482-9120
www.liuzzas.com

Neighborhood: Mid-City
Attire: Casual
Price Range: Under $12
Open For: Lunch, Dinner (Call ahead for hours)
Cuisine Type/s: American, Italian

Description: Located on the corner of Bienville and Telemachus Streets, Liuzza's has been a neighborhood tradition since 1947. Favored by locals for Italian, Seafood, and Cajun cuisine. Reasonably priced with a casual atmosphere.
Louisiana Pizza Kitchen
95 French Market Pl., New Orleans, LA 70116 [Map It]
(504) 522-9500
www.louisianapizzakitchen.com

Neighborhood: French Quarter
Attire: Casual
Price Range: $12-$18
Open For: Lunch, Dinner (Call ahead for hours)
Cuisine Type/s: Italian, Pizza

Description: Specializing in wood-fired gourmet pizzas and pastas, Louisiana Pizza Kitchen has received awards for Best Caesar Salad, Best Specialty Pizza, and Best Overall Pizza from New Orleans Magazine, and Gambit newspaper.
Louisiana Pizza Kitchen
615 S. Carrollton Ave., New Orleans, LA 70118 [Map It]
(504) 866-5900
www.louisianapizzakitchenuptown.com

Neighborhood: Uptown/Garden District
Attire: Casual
Price Range: $12-$18
Open For: Lunch, Dinner (Call ahead for hours)
Cuisine Type/s: Italian, Pizza

Description: Specializing in wood-fired gourmet pizzas and pastas, Louisiana Pizza Kitchen has received awards for Best Caesar Salad, Best Specialty Pizza, and Best Overall Pizza from New Orleans Magazine, and Gambit newspaper.
Magazine Pizza
1068 Magazine St., New Orleans, LA 70130 [Map It]
(504) 568-0211
www.magazinepizza.com

Neighborhood: Arts District/Convention Center
Attire: Casual
Price Range: Under $12
Open For: Lunch, Dinner (Call ahead for hours)
Cuisine Type/s: Italian, Pizza
Maple Street Cafe
7623 Maple St., New Orleans, LA 70118 [Map It]
(504) 314-9003
www.maplestreetcafenola.com

Neighborhood: Uptown/Garden District
Attire: Casual
Price Range: Under $12
Open For: Lunch, Dinner (Call ahead for hours)
Cuisine Type/s: Greek/Mediterranean, Italian

Description: Located a building that might remind you of grandma's, this restaurant takes only minutes to put you at ease. Try the eggplant cake appetizer with lump crabmeat cream sauce, the Greek salad in a bread bowl or delve into a plate of classic pasta.
Mariza
2900 Chartres St., New Orleans, LA 70117 [Map It]
(504) 598-5700
marizaneworleans.com

Neighborhood: Faubourg Marigny/Bywater
Attire: Business Casual
Price Range: $12-$18
Open For: Dinner (Call ahead for hours)
Cuisine Type/s: Italian, Pizza

Description: Mariza serves Italian-inspired cuisine in a casual comfortable environment at the Rice Mill Lofts in the Bywater, right along the edge of the Marigny and the Mississippi River.
Maximo's Italian Grill
1117 Decatur St., New Orleans, LA 70116 [Map It]
(504) 586-8883

Neighborhood: French Quarter
Attire: Business Casual
Cuisine Type/s: Italian

Description: See you at Maximo's Italian Grill. Where the locals go to meet their friends. If you have never been there, you will be pleasantly surprised by the open kitchen. You can watch the Kitchen staff at work cooking your fresh, delicious foods. There are no microwaves at Maximo's and no frozen old meats. There are no saucey, creamy foods, and if you like spicy hot, ask for the fire roasted seafood grill, or fire roasted anything. Chef gets all of his seafood and meat delivered every day.
Merchant
800 Common St, New Orleans, LA 70112 [Map It]
(504) 571-9580
merchantneworleans.com

Neighborhood: Central Business District/Downtown
Attire: Casual
Open For: Breakfast, Lunch (Call ahead for hours)
Cuisine Type/s: Coffee Shops, Italian, Bakery, Sandwiches, Breakfast

Description: Coffee, Crepes and Grapes serving the heart of the CBD.
Mona Lisa
1212 Royal St., New Orleans, LA 70116 [Map It]
(504) 522-6746

Neighborhood: French Quarter
Attire: Casual
Price Range: Under $12
Open For: Lunch, Dinner (Call ahead for hours)
Cuisine Type/s: Italian, Pizza

Description: A good bet Italian place that offers salads, Italian favorites and Italian wines at affordable prices.
Nonna Mia Cafe and Pizzeria
3125 Esplanade Ave., New Orleans, LA 70119 [Map It]
(504) 948-1717
www.nonnamia.net

Neighborhood: Esplanade Ridge
Attire: Casual
Price Range: Under $12
Open For: Lunch, Dinner (Call ahead for hours)
Cuisine Type/s: Italian, Pizza
The Olive Branch Cafe
5163 General DeGaulle Dr., New Orleans, LA 70131 [Map It]
(504) 393-1107
www.olivebranchcafe.com

Neighborhood: Algiers/Westbank
Attire: Casual
Price Range: Under $12
Open For: Lunch, Dinner (Call ahead for hours)
Cuisine Type/s: Italian, Pizza
Pascal's Manale Restaurant
1838 Napoleon Ave., New Orleans, LA 70115 [Map It]
(504) 895-4877

Neighborhood: Uptown/Garden District
Attire: Business Casual
Price Range: $12-$18
Open For: Lunch, Dinner (Call ahead for hours)
Cuisine Type/s: Cajun, Italian

Description: Family owned and operated since 1913, Pascal's Manale specializes in Italian cuisine and seafood. It's the home of the original barbequed shrimp. Also recommended are the veal dishes and steaks.
Pepperoni's Cafe
8123 Hampson St., New Orleans, LA 70123 [Map It]
(504) 865-0336

Neighborhood: Uptown/Garden District
Attire: Casual
Price Range: Under $12
Open For: Lunch, Dinner (Call ahead for hours)
Cuisine Type/s: Italian, Pizza
Pie Pizza & Pastas
814 S. Peters St., New Orleans, LA 70130 [Map It]
(504) 528-2743
piepizzaandpastas.com

Neighborhood: Central Business District/Downtown
Attire: Casual
Price Range: $12-$18
Open For: Lunch, Dinner, Late Night (Call ahead for hours)
Cuisine Type/s: Italian, Pizza

Description: Pie Pizza & Pastas is an Italian restaurant serving up reasonably priced pizza, pasta, and salad dishes into the early morning hours. Pie’s downtown location is opened til 4:30 am on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday – perfect for those French Quarter late-night party-goers looking to grab a quick bite before bed. Customers recommend the alligator and duck sausage plate as an appetizer.
Pizza Delicious
617 Piety St., New Orleans, LA 70117 [Map It]
(504) 676-8482
pizzadelicious.com

Neighborhood: Faubourg Marigny/Bywater
Attire: Casual
Price Range: $12-$18
Open For: Lunch, Dinner (Call ahead for hours)
Cuisine Type/s: Italian, Pizza

Description: Pizza Delicious’ lengthy list of praises help to perfectly describe this Brooklyn-style pizzeria located in the heart of the Bywater neighborhood. Pizza Delicious was named in the top 101 Best Pizzas in America by The Daily Meal, and Food & Wine Magazine raved that the restaurant is “the Bywater’s most buzzed about food destination.” Serving fresh from the oven NY-authentic pizza pies and slices, along with specialty pastas, salads, and deserts, Pizza Delicious is a must-go!
Pizza Domenica
4933 Magazine St., New Orleans, LA 70115 [Map It]
(504) 301-4978
www.pizzadomenica.com

Neighborhood: Uptown/Garden District
Attire: Casual
Price Range: $18-$24
Open For: Lunch, Dinner (Call ahead for hours)
Cuisine Type/s: Italian, Pizza

Description: Pizza Domenica is a more casual spin-off of Chef Alon Shaya's wildly popular Domenica Restaurant located in Uptown New Orleans.Expect wood-fired pizzas, small Italian plates and salads with emphasis on local and seasonal ingredients and a beverage program featuring American and local craft beers, specialty Italian brews, italian influenced craft cocktails, small production boutique wines, pitcher of specialty house cocktails
Red Gravy Café
125 Camp St., New Orleans, LA 70130 [Map It]
(504) 561-8844
www.redgravycafe.com

Neighborhood: Central Business District/Downtown
Attire: Casual
Open For: Breakfast, Lunch (Call ahead for hours)
Cuisine Type/s: American, Coffee Shops, Continental, Italian, Soul Food, Vegetarian, Sandwiches, Breakfast

Description: This home-style Italian restaurant is a true expression of New Orleans culture and the city’s passion for delicious food. Red Gravy Café is owned by Roseann Melisi Rosetoker, an original New Jersey resident and food enthusiast who fell in love with New Orleans after several vacation visits and decided to open her own restaurant in 2010. Red Gravy is a reflection of Roseann’s love for the city and her family. The Italian specialty dishes on the menu are named after important people in her life, including her husband, parents, siblings, and children. Roseann likes to say she “always makes too much” so diners will leave Red Gravy satisfied and full of great food made with love.
Reginelli's
874 Harrison Ave., New Orleans, LA 70124 [Map It]
(504) 488-0133
www.reginellis.com

Neighborhood: Lakefront/Lakeview
Attire: Casual
Price Range: $12-$18
Open For: Lunch, Dinner (Call ahead for hours)
Cuisine Type/s: Italian, Pizza, Sandwiches
Roman Pizza
7329 Cohn St., New Orleans, LA 70118 [Map It]
(504) 866-1166
www.eatromanpizza.com

Neighborhood: Uptown/Garden District
Attire: Casual
Price Range: Under $12
Open For: Dinner (Call ahead for hours)
Cuisine Type/s: Italian, Pizza

Description: This local favorite serves great pizzas, pasta and sandwiches!
Slice Pizzeria
1513 St. Charles Ave., New Orleans, LA 70130 [Map It]
(504) 525-7437
slicepizzeria.com

Neighborhood: Uptown/Garden District
Attire: Casual
Price Range: Under $12
Open For: Lunch, Dinner (Call ahead for hours)
Cuisine Type/s: Italian, Pizza

Description: The concept of pizza by the slice was relatively unknown in New Orleans before Slice Pizzeria opened its doors in 2004. The concept behind Slice is to offer customers the option of trying multiple different pizza flavors – one slice at a time! This gourmet Italian eatery has two locations in NOLA and serves a variety of delicious dishes beyond pizza, including salads, sandwiches, calzones, and pastas. Dining at Slice is casual and it’s a great place to stop in for a quick bite to eat or for a low-key dinner.
Tom Foolery's
91 French Market Pl., New Orleans, LA 70116 [Map It]
(504) 522-5851

Neighborhood: French Quarter
Attire: Casual
Price Range: Under $12
Open For: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner (Call ahead for hours)
Cuisine Type/s: American, Continental, Italian, Sandwiches, Breakfast
Tommy's Cuisine and Wine Bar
746 Tchoupitoulas St., New Orleans, LA 70130 [Map It]
(504) 581-1103
www.tommyscuisine.com

Neighborhood: Arts District/Convention Center
Attire: Business Casual
Price Range: $12-$18
Open For: Dinner (Call ahead for hours)
Cuisine Type/s: Cajun, Italian

Description: A Warehouse District restaurant with a Creole-Italian menu. Reservations recommended.
Tony Angello's
6262 Fleur de Lis Dr., New Orleans, LA 70124 [Map It]
(504) 488-0888

Neighborhood: Lakefront/Lakeview
Attire: Dressy (Jacket May Be Required)
Cuisine Type/s: Italian

Description: Chef Tony Angello never lets anyone go home hungry. Hearty appetites can enjoy the multiple-course Feed Me dinner, which includes a bounty of house favorites. Reservations recommended.
Tony Moran's Restaurant
240 Bourbon St., New Orleans, LA 70112 [Map It]
(504) 523-4640
www.ruebourbon.com

Neighborhood: French Quarter
Attire: Casual
Price Range: $12-$18
Open For: Lunch, Dinner (Call ahead for hours)
Cuisine Type/s: Cajun, Italian

Description: A New Orleans favorite, Tony Moran's offers a combination of elegant atmosphere and the best Northern Italian cuisine in the city. The menu includes a selection of traditional family recipes handed down from Tony Moran's father, "Diamond" Jim Moran. Enjoy fresh pasta made daily, veal, steaks, Shrimp Moran and more.
Two Tony's Restaurant
8536 Pontchartrain Blvd., New Orleans, LA 70124 [Map It]
(504) 282-0801
www.twotonys.com

Neighborhood: Lakefront/Lakeview
Attire: Casual
Price Range: $18-$24
Open For: Lunch, Dinner (Call ahead for hours)
Cuisine Type/s: Italian, Seafood, Po-Boys

Description: Two Tony’s Restaurant is a family-owned seafood and Italian restaurant. Two Tony’s has been in existence since 1984 originating in the French Quarter. We are located and have have been for the last 20 years in the West End area. Chef Tony prides himself on serving some of the best seafood dishes in town which includes blackened, grilled, or fried seafood platters. Two Tony’s also has a stand out HOMEMADE Sicilian marinara sauce that we are known for among our patrons. The sauce is not alone when it comes to stand outs and homemade items. Chef Tony’s soups, sauces, and dressings all fit this bill. We offer a full bar and can accommodate private parties. We welcome celebrations of many kinds and are a family friendly establishment. If you are a local or just visiting, Two Tony’s can give you a taste of New Orleans and Sicily in one stop.
Venezia
134 N. Carrollton Ave., New Orleans, LA 70119 [Map It]
(504) 488-7991

Neighborhood: Mid-City
Attire: Casual
Price Range: Under $12
Open For: Lunch, Dinner (Call ahead for hours)
Cuisine Type/s: Italian

Description: The menu runs the gamut from lasagna, stuffed shells, veal Marsala and spaghetti in five different preparations. House specialties include pizza topped with breaded veal and 'Eggplant Vatican' (fried eggplant with shrimp, crawfish and crabmeat touched with cream sauce). 'Veal Supreme' arrives breaded accompanied by shrimp, crawfish and artichoke hearts. Reservations accepted for Monday through Friday only.
Vincent's Italian Cuisine
7839 St. Charles Ave., New Orleans, LA 70118 [Map It]
(504) 866-9313

Neighborhood: Uptown/Garden District
Attire: Business Casual
Price Range: $12-$18
Open For: Lunch, Dinner (Call ahead for hours)
Cuisine Type/s: Cajun, Italian

Description: Good, classic Italian food in a family-style atmosphere. Pastas are familiar -- angel hair, shells, and penne. And with plenty of parmesan cheese, olive oil, and creamy sauces, Vincent's fills the stomachs with classic appetizers and entrees such as breaded eggplant, fried oysters, pasta Alfredo, and veal pizziola. Some dishes are big enough to be shared between two people.
 
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