There's a new Warehouse District spot for antipasto and Italian wines with the arrival of Marcello's Wine Bar and Bistro (715 St. Charles Ave., 504-581-6333; www.marcelloscafe.com). It occupies the spot that formerly housed Cabaret Le Chat Noir — next to the Italian restaurant Cibugnu.
While Marcello's may appear to be an intimate affair from the street, stepping into the foyer reveals an elegant, expansive space filled with wine barrels and wine-themed decor.
The decidedly Sicilian menu — which includes both lunch and dinner options — is heavy on seafood dishes, including lobster panzanella with citrus-Champagne vinaigrette and crab and fennel salad with pine nuts, fried capers and strawberries. Piccata sweetbreads and a marrow appetizer with smoked sea salt are notable carnivore options.
Marcello's undertook a soft opening April 21. "We've had community members in and out over the past weekend, and they're really excited to have us in the neighborhood," says manager Chris Curtis.