5 Best Italian Food Restaurants in New Orleans

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It's no secret that Italian food is exceptional. The other unique thing about Italian restaurants is that they make you feel at home. Italian restaurants are the ideal venue for special occasions or romantic evenings. 

Here are the 5 of the best Italian restaurants from all across the state:

1. Vincent's, Louisiana

Having Sicilian roots, Vincent Catalanotto opened his fine-dining Italian Restaurant in Metairie 30 years ago. Alongside veal parm and chicken Marsala, Vincent's specialty is seafood cannelloni, tender pasta stuffed with shrimp, crawfish, and crab in a delicate rosa sauce - think Alfredo - and served over pasta.

  • Location: 4411 Chastant St., Metairie, LA 70006
  • Website: http://www.vincentsitaliancuisine.com/
  • Phone: (504) 885-2984
  • Store Hours: 

2. Andrea's Restaurant, Louisiana

The friendly, beautiful Andrea's Restaurant — known for its classic Northern Italian cuisine — is located in a lovely, peaceful neighborhood along 19th Street. It is a chef-owned food paradise where Metairie residents can savor Northern Italian meals and five-star American dishes, and mouthwatering seafood selections. Fresh, handpicked ingredients have been used for over 30 years to create meals with the best flavors and tastes. From its waffles, pizza, pasta, grilled pork, frittata Italiano to rewarding beverages like espresso, cappuccino, and chocolate for kids, their colorful menu comes with an Italian flair.

  • Location: 3100 19th St, Metairie, LA 70002
  • Website: https://www.andreasrestaurant.com/
  • Phone: 504-834-8583
  • Store Hours: Sun-Thu 11am-9pm / Fri-Sat 11am-10pm

3. Geno's Italian Restaurant, Louisiana

Since 1964, this Italian establishment has offered its guests traditional favorites and warm smiles, making it a Monroe tradition. Geno's Restaurant has been a favorite in Baton Rouge's restaurant community for more than fifty years. Gino's was established in 1966 by the Marino family, which included Vincent, Mama, Gino, Laurence, and Frances. The family is originally from Sicily, in the town of Siculiana, where Mama was born. Laurence arrived in 1957, followed by Mama, Gino, and Frances in 1958, then Vincent, Laurence, Mama, and Gino in 1955. Mama Grace Marino, the beloved matriarch of the Marino family, passed away in June 2017, and Vincent Marino, the patriarch, passed away in 1970. For over 50 years, Gino's Restaurant has been owned and operated entirely by a single-family.

  • Location: 4542 Bennington Avenue, Baton Rouge, Louisiana 70808
  • Website: https://www.ginosrestaurant.com/
  • Phone: 225-927-7156
  • Store Hours: Lunch: Mon-Fri 11am-2pm / Dinner: Mon-Sat 5-10pm

4. Paladar 511, Louisiana

Located in the Marigny, this noisy trattoria is a reclaimed warehouse filled with garlic, tomato sauce, and pizza. As well as nodding to the classics, Paladar 511's menu includes inventive dishes such as charred okra with Calabrian chili and crab meat spaghetti with squid ink. Pork saltimbocca is a must-have. 

  • Location: 511 Marigny St., New Orleans, LA 70117
  • Website: http://www.paladar511.com/
  • Phone: (504) 509-6782
  • Store Hours: Mon-Thur 5:30pm-9:15pm / Fri-Sat 5:30pm-9:30pm.

5. Carrabba's Italian Grill, Louisiana

Are you looking for a lovely place to catch up with friends or work colleagues in Metairie? Located on Veterans Boulevard is a cozy Italian restaurant where you can meet for lunch or dinner — Carrabba's Italian Grill. It's a beautiful food joint with a romantic atmosphere and super-attentive staff making it a family-friendly place. If you've got an upcoming event, you can contact the Restaurant and enjoy their world-class catering services. From their pizza, meatballs, and calamari to specialties like chicken Bryan and parmesan chicken arugula, the menu will leave you drooling. There's a menu for kids, some gluten-free dishes, and an excellent selection of wine as well.

Location: 4641 Veterans Blvd, Metairie, LA 70006, United States

Website: https://locations.carrabbas.com/louisiana/metairie/4641-veterans-blvd

Phone: (504) 779-2252

Store Hours: Tues-Thurs 11am-10pm / Fri-Sat 11am-11pm / Sun 11am-9pm / Monday 11am-10pm

Do you have any experience with these restaurants? What is your favorite? What is your favorite place to celebrate? Comment below and let us know!

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