by Ian McNulty
Later this month, a well-established Houma restaurant will begin making a weekly visit to New Orleans, in the style of a pop-up, but this bayou country standout isn’t known for its gumbo or etouffee.
Rather, Cristiano Ristorante is an upscale Italian restaurant, founded by Cristiano Raffignone and Kelly Barker in 2000. He’s from the Leguria, Italy, she’s from the bayou and a few years after opening their Houma restaurant the couple bought Martinique Bistro here in New Orleans.
Beginning on Jan. 28, and continuing on subsequent Mondays when Martinique is normally closed, Cristiano chef Lindsay Mason will be in its kitchen serving a menu of northern Italian dishes. Venison tartar, mushroom risotto with grana padano, hand-made pappardelle with roasted lamb ragu, osso bucco and veal scalopini with prosciutto fontina and sage are all on the menu, which also makes room for a few Louisiana flavors like char-grilled oysters and raviolini stuffed with lump crabmeat.
For reservations, call Cristiano Ristorante at 985-223-1130.
5908 Magazine St., 504-891-8495