Best Italian Restaurants in New Orleans

A top-rated taste of Italy
July 21, 2016
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by Zagat Staff

Sicilian immigrants brought Italian cuisine to New Orleans in the 1800s and their culinary influence lingers still. Savor everything from pastas to pizza at these top-rated Italian restaurants.

Sal And Judy's Restaurant
Cajun · $$
Food 4.7 · Decor 4.0 · Service 4.3

"Go hungry" advise those acquainted with this veteran Lacombe eatery, where chef-owner Sal Impastato serves up "huge" portions of "scrumptious" "Italian food with a Creole twist" alongside pours from a "great wine list" ; although it's a bit of a hike to get there (the "only drawback" ), the "special" experience is "worth the drive" – just make sure you bring "a pickup truck for the leftovers."
Irene's
Italian · French Quarter · $$$
Food 4.7 · Decor 4.3 · Service 4.4

Garlic lovers are "unable to pass" by the "delicious" scent "wafting" from this "very special" French Quarter spot without stopping in for some truly "terrific" , "authentic" Italian fare complemented by "world-class" wines; "everyone becomes friends after a few cocktails" in the piano bar, which is an "enjoyable" place to wait for a table (a common occurrence, even with reservations) in the "charming" , "romantic" dining room patrolled by a "wonderful" staff.
Domenica
Italian · CBD · $$
Food 4.6 · Decor 4.4 · Service 4.4

Housed in the CBD's “beautiful” Roosevelt Hotel, this “casual, cosmopolitan” kitchen from John Besh and "talented" chef-owner Alon Shaya features “heavenly good” , wood-fired pizzas (toppings range from “simple and delectable” to “foodie fabulous” ), plus “house-cured meats and sausages” and other “contemporary Italian” dishes, all served by a “well-trained” team; the chic, “high-energy” establishment is “always packed” and “can get a bit loud” , especially during the “can't-be-beat” happy hour, but “that's part of the charm."
Vincent's
Italian · Carrollton · $$
Food 4.6 · Decor 4.0 · Service 4.3

"Come hungry" to these veteran spots, where "old-school" Southern Italian plates are served by an "attentive" staff in a "cozy" , "charming" space that makes diners "feel like they are eating in a trattoria" ; add in an "extensive" , "fairly priced" wine list, and fans avow "you can't go wrong" here.
Mosca's
Italian · $$$
Food 4.6 · Decor 3.2 · Service 4.2

If you're visiting this "classic, old-school" Italian "joint" in Avondale, "bring plenty of cash" (no cards accepted) and "go with a group to share" the "garlic and olive oil" –redolent entrees served family-style by "warm, friendly" waitresses who "have been there many years" ; the vintage digs and menu make diners feel they're in a "time warp to a Sicilian grandmother's kitchen" –there's "no way you can leave hungry" from this "escape back to the 1940s."