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Gambit’s 2017 winter restaurant guide: Italian

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Altamura
2127 Prytania St., (504) 265-8101; www.facebook.com/altamuraatmagnoliamansion
Bolognese made with beef, pork, veal, tomato, onion, celery, carrot and garlic is served over gnocchi. Osso buco features a braised veal shank cooked with celery, onions, carrots and potatoes. Reservations recommended. Dinner Wed.-Mon. Credit cards. $$$

Amici Ristorante & Bar
3218 Magazine St., (504) 300-1250; www.amicinola.com
Crab and lobster ravioli are topped with Alfredo sauce. Coal-fired pizzas include the carni Italiane pie, topped with marinara, salami, prosciutto, meatballs, capicola and mozzarella. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner daily, brunch Sat.-Sun. Credit cards and checks. $$$

Andrea's Restaurant
3100 19th St., Metairie, (504) 834-8583; www.andreasrestaurant.com
A 12-ounce cut of roasted prime rib is served au jus with a baked potato. House-made potato gnocchi are topped with tomato sauce or four cheese sauce. Reservations recommended. Lunch and dinner daily, brunch Sun. Credit cards. $$$

Arabella Casa di Pasta
2258 St. Claude Ave., (504) 267-6108; www.arabellanola.com
The Don salad features romaine topped with artichoke hearts, feta cheese, red onions, tomatoes, olives and cucumbers in Italian dressing. The Spaghettisburg Address is spaghetti and meatballs topped with pomodoro sauce and basil. No reservations. Dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $$

Avo
5908 Magazine St., (504) 509-6550; www.restaurantavo.com
Chef Nick Lama serves a menu of Sicilian-inspired dishes. Scallops are served with farro, crispy kale, avocado crema and salsa rossa. House-made bucatini pasta is topped with pancetta, Pecorino Romano and a poached egg. Reservations accepted. Dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $$$

Bosco's Italian Cafe
2040 Highway 59, Suite 3 and E, Mandeville, (985) 624-5066; www.boscositalian.com
A muffuletta includes salami, mortadella, smoked ham, mozzarella, provolone and olive salad. Pan-fried redfish Giovanna is topped with crabmeat, mushrooms, artichoke hearts and lemon-butter cream sauce and served with sauteed vegetables. Reservations accepted for large parties. Lunch Tue.-Sat., dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $$

Bravo! Cucina Italiana
3413 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie, (504) 828-8828; www.bravoitalian.com
A trio of grilled lamb double chops is served with mushroom Marsala over stone ground polenta with balsamic roasted mushrooms and shallots. Spicy scallop marinara combines bay scallops, basil, caramelized onion, artichoke and spinach over angel hair pasta topped with pesto bread crumbs. Reservations accepted. Lunch Mon.-Fri., dinner daily, brunch Sat.-Sun. Credit cards. $$

Cafe Giovanni
117 Decatur St., (504) 529-2154; www.cafegiovanni.com
Chef Duke LoCicero's spaghetti and meatballs features two meatballs with marinara. Southern-style Voodoo shrimp are sauteed in sweet and spicy sauce and served with portobello mushrooms, fried green tomato and creamy corn grits. Reservations recommended. Dinner daily. Credit cards. $$$

Carrabba's Italian Grill
4641 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie, (504) 779-2252: www.carrabbas.com
The menu includes pizza, pasta, steaks and seafood dishes. Chicken Bryan is topped with goat cheese, sun-dried tomatoes, basil and butter sauce. Fettuccine Weesie is 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
Muffuletta pizza is topped with garlic-herb red sauce, Genoa salami, mortadella, ham, olive salad, provolone and mozzarella. A breaded and fried chicken breast is topped with house-made red sauce and mozzarella and served with pasta. Reservations accepted. Lunch daily, dinner Tue.-Sun. Credit cards. $$

DiCristina's Italian & Seafood Restaurant
810 N. Columbia St., Suite C, Covington, (985) 875-0160; www.dicristinas.com
Ravioli is stuffed with cheese and topped with red gravy. A veal cutlet is served with crabmeat cream 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 John Besh and Alon Shaya's menu includes pizza and rustic Italian dishes. Lamb meatballs are served over heirloom corn polenta from Bellegarde Bakery. Campanelle is house-made pasta with pork Bolognese and roasted Brussels sprouts. Reservations recommended. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$$

Fausto's Bistro
530 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie, (504) 833-7121; www.faustosbistro.com
Parmesan-crusted Gulf fish is topped with crushed tomatoes, white wine-butter sauce and lump crabmeat and served with wilted spinach and rosemary potatoes. Italian sausage sauteed with bell peppers, onions, garlic and Italian herbs is tossed with marinara sauce and served over angel hair pasta. Reservations recommended. Lunch Mon.-Fri., dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $$

Fazzio's Restaurant
1841 N. Causeway Blvd., Mandeville, (985) 624-9704; www.fazziosrestaurant.com
A large meatball tops angel hair pasta in tomato sauce. Filet Fazzio is a filet mignon topped with sauteed shrimp, red and yellow peppers, mushrooms and olives in light cream sauce, served with pasta. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $$

Frank's Restaurant
933 Decatur St., (504) 525-1602
Snapper Jack is red snapper topped with crabmeat and shrimp over pasta. New Orleans-style barbecue jumbo Gulf shrimp are served with hot bread. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

Fury's Restaurant
724 Martin Behrman Ave., Metairie, (504) 834-5646; www.furysrestaurant.com
Stuffed peppers are filled with crabmeat, shrimp and eggplant and served with pasta marinara, salad 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; www.facebook.com/giosvillavancheri
The Spicy Italiano features hot Italian sausage, sauteed spinach and creamy marinara over pasta. Orecchio di elefante is a 16-ounce breaded veal chop sauteed with olive oil and herbs and served 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
A toasted muffuletta is filled with Italian meats, melted cheese and olive salad. Chicken and eggplant Parmesan features a breaded chicken breast over two eggplant medallions with melted mozzarella, red gravy, Alfredo sauce and angel hair pasta. Reservations accepted for large parties. Lunch and dinner Mon.-Fri. Credit cards. $$

Impastato's Restaurant
3400 16th St., Metairie, (504) 455-1545; www.impastatos.com
Two fried 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
Oysters Irene are baked and served in the shell with pancetta, pimiento and Pecorino Romano. Grilled lamb chops are served with roasted garlic mashed potatoes, haricots verts and rosemary port wine demi-glace. Reservations accepted. Dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $$

The Italian Barrel
1240 Decatur St., (504) 569-0198; www.italianbarrel.com
Prince Edward Island mussels are served in a broth of white wine, garlic and parsley. Prosciutto di Parma salad features 24 month-aged prosciutto, arugula, mozzarella and cherry wood-aged balsamic vinegar. Reservations recommended. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$$

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

Little Vic's Rosticceria
719 Toulouse St., (504) 304-1238; www.littlevics.com
Lasagne is made with Sicilian-style beef ragu and comes with salad. The Papa Vic tops pulled pork with melted cheese. Reservations accepted for large parties. Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily, late-night Fri.-Sat. Credit cards and checks. $$

Marcello's Restaurant & Wine Bar
715 St. Charles Ave., (504) 581-6333; 4860 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie, (504) 301-3848; www.marcelloscafe.com
Braised pork cheeks are served with mushrooms, Marsala, veal demi-glace and Parmesan polenta. The Palermo features veal, chicken or eggplant scaloppini with tomatoes, mushrooms, capers and lemon butter over angel hair pasta. Reservations accepted. Hours vary by location. Credit cards. $$$

Meribo
326 Lee Lane, Covington, (985) 302-5533; www.meribopizza.com
The Meridionale pizza features pork shoulder, collard greens, carmelized onions, mozzarella and red sauce. Duck and wild mushroom lasagne is filled with ricotta, mozzarella and Parmigiano Reggiano. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily, late-night Fri.-Sat., brunch Sun. Credit cards. $$

Mona Lisa
1212 Royal St., (504) 522-6746
The menu includes pizza, pasta, sandwiches, lasagne and more. 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. Shrimp Mosca includes a dozen shrimp sauteed with Italian seasonings and white wine. Reservations recommended. Dinner Tue.-Sat. Cash only. $$$

Nonna Mia Cafe & Pizzeria
3125 Esplanade Ave., (504) 948-1717; www.nonnamia.net
The Divine portobello appetizer features roasted red pepper dip with chicken, spinach and crostini. The Prima pizza is topped with marinated artichoke hearts, mozzarella, goat cheese, spinach, Roma tomatoes and caramelized onions. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

Nuvolari's
246 Girod St., Mandeville, (985) 626-5619; www.nuvolaris.com
Seafood pasta is topped with sherry cream sauce. Bacon-wrapped quail is stuffed with wild rice and served with asparagus, balsamic cabbage and mushroom demi-glace. Reservations recommended. Dinner daily. Credit cards. $$$

Paladar
511 511 Marigny St., (504) 509-6782; www.paladar511.com
Ensalata tre colori is dressed with lemon, anchovy, Parmesan and olio verde. Braised rabbit comes with sweet potato gnocchi, rabbit jus and fried Brussels sprouts leaves. Reservations accepted. Dinner Wed.-Mon., brunch Sat.-Sun. Credit cards. $$

Pizza Florence
4445 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie, (504) 888-7888; www.pizzaflorence.net
Mediterranean salad combines romaine lettuce, red onions, Kalamata olives, artichoke, roasted red peppers and feta cheese, and shrimp or chicken are optional. Penne pasta is tossed with tomatoes, mushrooms, onions, green peppers and marinara sauce and served with garlic bread and salad. Delivery available. Reservations accepted. Lunch Mon.-Sat., dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

Ristorante Del Porto
501 E. Boston St., Covington, (985) 875-1006; www.delportoristorante.com
Gulf fish crudo is served with orange segments, parsley, mint, celery leaves, chili-mint vinaigrette and sweet orange crackers. Braised beef short ribs are served with herbed polenta, baby spinach, beef jus and orange gremolata. Reservations recommended. Lunch and dinner Tue.-Sat. Credit cards. $$$

Ristorante Filippo
1917 Ridgelake Drive, Metairie, (504) 835-4008; www.ristorantefilippo.com
Oysters oregenate are baked with Romano cheese, breadcrumbs, herbs and garlic. Chicken spiedini is a chicken breast rolled with prosciutto, pomodoro tomatoes, Italian breadcrumbs and pine nuts and served with spaghettini tossed with garlic and olive oil. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $$

Sandro's Trattoria
6601 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie, (504) 888-7784; www.sandrostrattoria.com
Shrimp confit features sauteed shrimp, onions, peppers and spinach, fried eggplant and white wine cream sauce over fettuccine. Seafood cannelloni are stuffed with crawfish and crabmeat and served over angel hair pasta with seafood Alfredo sauce. Reservations recommended. Lunch and dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $$$

Specialty Italian Bistro
2330 Belle Chasse Highway, Gretna, (504) 391-1090; www.specialtyitalianbistro.com
Chicken piccata is a paneed chicken breast topped with lemon piccata sauce and capers served over angel hair pasta with garlic cheese bread and salad. Deep-fried, pecan-crusted catfish is topped with pecan-maple sauce and served with sweet potato fries, salad and garlic cheese bread. Delivery available. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

Tommy's Cuisine
746 Tchoupitoulas St., (504) 581-1103; www.tommysneworleans.com
Fish Capri features sauteed puppy drum topped with jumbo lump crabmeat, crawfish, capers, artichokes and beurre blanc. Veal sorrentina is pan-seared veal layered with prosciutto, eggplant and mozzarella with mushroom Marsala sauce, green onions and haricots verts. Reservations accepted. Dinner daily. Credit cards. $$$

Tony Mandina's Restaurant
1915 Pratt St., Gretna, (504) 362-2010; www.tonymandinas.com
Kolette Mandina's turtle soup is made with snapping turtle meat, dark roux and sherry. Grilled redfish Alia is topped with artichoke hearts, mushrooms, capers, green onions, Louisiana jumbo lump crabmeat and lemon-white wine-butter sauce and served over linguine. Reservations accepted. Lunch Tue.-Fri., dinner Fri.-Sat. Credit cards. $$

Venezia Restaurant
134 N. Carrollton Ave., (504) 488-7991; www.venezianeworleans.net
Breaded veal Pontchartrain is topped with crabmeat, artichokes, mushrooms, green onions and lemon butter. An 8-ounce filet mignon is served with a choice of side. 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
House-made cannelloni are stuffed with ground veal, spinach and Parmesan, baked in Alfredo sauce and topped with house-made tomato sauce. Chicken Parmesan is topped with mozzarella and served with pasta in tomato sauce. Reservations accepted. Hours vary by location. Credit cards. $$



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