Restaurants

Top Choice Sicilian in Uptown & Riverbend

Avo

Avo is a new kid on the Magazine St block, serving pastas cooked to perfection – as one would expect, with the owner-chef hailing from Sicily. It's clean, cozy, and convenient – a perfect stop if you're strolling al…
Top Choice Italian in Faubourg Marigny & Bywater

Pizza Delicious

The thin-crust pies here are done New York–style and taste great. The preparation is simple, but the ingredients are fresh and consistently top-notch. An easy, family-friendly ambience makes for a lovely spot for a …
Italian in CBD & Warehouse District

Domenica

With its wooden refectory tables, white lights and soaring ceiling, Domenica feels like a village trattoria gone posh. The ‘rustic’ pizza pies at this lively, often-recommended spot are loaded with nontraditional bu…
Italian in French Quarter

Irene’s Cuisine

Irene’s is a romantic gem, tucked in a corner that's generally missed by travelers. Not that it's easy to miss, given the lovely scent of garlic emanating from this intimate Italian cavern. Irene's is Italian–French…
Italian in Mid-City, Bayou St John & City Park

Mandina’s

In the Italian American New Orleans community, funerals were followed by a visit to Mandina's for turtle soup. The menu may be conservative, but when you’ve been around for more than 100 years you stick to what you …
Spanish in Mid-City, Bayou St John & City Park

Lola’s

Enjoy wine and conversation with crowds of Mid-City locals who swear by Lola’s paellas and fideuàs (an angel-hair pasta variation on the former). Inside, it’s all elbows and the buzz of conversation and good grub. T…
Italian in Faubourg Marigny & Bywater

Adolfo’s

If you take a date to this intimate Italian cubby squeezed on top of a jazz club (the Apple Barrel) and don't feel sparks, maybe it wasn't meant to be, because Adolfo’s is romantic as can be. The food isn’t bad eith…
Italian in French Quarter

Mona Lisa

An informal and quiet local spot in the Lower Quarter, Mona Lisa is dim, dark and candlelight-romantic in its own quirky way. Kooky renditions of Da Vinci’s familiar subject hang on the walls. Wearing hair curlers, …
Italian in Faubourg Marigny & Bywater

Arabella Casa Di Pasta

This little restaurant, slotted next to the ribald karaoke at Kajun's, pumps out wonderful bowls of pasta. The homemade sauces are creative and tasty, running from pork-neck Bolognese to pesto cream pecan with basil…
Italian in French Quarter

Fiorella’s

Tasty sangria specials and sweet, friendly servers make Fiorella's a nice stop for an afternoon tipple. While the food is good, that doesn't quite cut it in the gourmand's paradise of the French Quarter; if you come…