Italian Restaurants in New Orleans

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Coco Bamboo Pizzeria infuses traditional Italian fare and pizzas with tropical flair in an extensive menu of freshly prepared edibles. Fourteen-inch specialty pizzas, assembled atop dough made daily, arrange toppings into symphonies of flavor on par with Mozart's Pepperoni Fugue #2; a Volcano chicken or shrimp pizza ignites palates with hot sauce and optional jalape?os, and the Tikis Supreme heaps Italian sausage, green peppers, and five other toppings onto a sturdy base. Coco Bamboo's chef whips up sauce from scratch for each pizza and offers a wheat-crust alternative upon request.

Salads are also served with tropical flair at Coco Bamboo Pizzeria, which uses unique ingredients such as mandarin poppy seeds, kalamata olives, and coco bamboo dressing in their Avocado and Asparagus, Spinach and Melon, and Crazy Nuts salads. Sandwiches and wraps conceal permutations such as the Voodoo smoked house built around seasoned chicken or shrimp or the Tropical, which combines grilled chicken with pineapple and avocado.

To augment savory flavors, sip on a smoothie, which pulverizes fruits from raspberries to mangos to avocados, or a Caipirinha cocktail, an elixir of cachaca rum accented with sugar and lime. Colorful potted palms and plants sprout up in the corners of the warmly hued pizzeria, flanking a large flat-screen TV and nonchalantly cuddling up near tables to try and steer conversations toward the constitutional rights of bonsai trees.

3741 Jefferson Hwy
Jefferson,
LA
US

"Owner Madison Curry's warm, smiling presence is underscored by baked goods that all but dare not to be ordered." This quote from a NOLA.com article hints at Il Posto's charm. But it only encapsulates a fraction of what makes the cafe so interesting. Italian cuisine forms the backbone of the menu, which features paninis such as the Bologna with mortadella, roasted red peppers, and balsamic dressing, as well as fontina grilled cheeses with inventive add-ins such as tuna, honey, and walnuts. Antipasti spreads can be built from a choice of meats or cheeses. In the mornings, on the other hand, the restaurant brews and serves its own house-blend coffee. Their java complements bagels, organic granola, and a rotating selection of pastries that can't stay long, as they have to get back to starring in peoples' dreams.

4607 Dryades St
New Orleans,
LA
US

Fresco Café and Pizzeria has been serving pizza, pasta, and golden-brown strombolis for more than a decade. Nearly everything on the menu is made in house, including white or whole-wheat pizza crusts, hand-rolled meatballs, and the pasta sauces used to write the daily specials on the wall. Fresco Café's lavash rolls, a unique specialty, are worth a try—they feature roasted eggplant and pesto, pulled pork, or gyro meat rolled into warm lavash flatbread and served with rosemary potatoes. Of course, it wouldn't be Fresco Café if al fresco dining weren't an option—patrons can enjoy their Italian food inside or out on the patio.

7625 Maple St
New Orleans,
LA
US

Reginelli’s Pizzeria merges a menu of traditional Italian fare with casual, modern décor to forge an Old World dining experience for contemporary feasters. Hand-tossed by a crust master upon request, the Classic Combo pizza bursts forth from kitchens crowned with a panoply of pepperoni and italian sausage, a scepter of fresh veggies, and a gooey cloak of mozzarella ($11.95 for 10”, $16.75 for 14”). The Smokin’ Chicken pie honors its piquant namesake by pairing a spicy smoked-tomato sauce with marinated chicken breast, pancetta, and a snapshot of George Clooney in a chicken suit ($11.95 for 10”, $16.75 for 14”). The Uptowner sandwich’s melty mélange of smoked turkey breast, provolone, and hot-pepper relish ($8.25) proudly represents Reginelli’s focaccia-based capital alongside The Downtowner’s posse of Italian meats, mozzarella, and kalamata-olive pesto ($8.25). Diners can deploy forks into the lush forestry of a refreshing Chicken Salad ($9.75) or navigate the tortellini trees sprouting across the Shrimp Forrest’s loch of spicy red-pepper-cream sauce ($12.50).

5608 Citrus Blvd
New Orleans,
LA
US

For a small – or large – slice of perfection, visit Theo’s Neighborhood Pizza and never go back to store-bought pizza again. Theo’s uses only the finest ingredients to produce such signature pizzas as The Eccentric (olive oil, garlic, spinach, feta cheese, pepper-jack cheese, mozzarella cheese, chicken, jalapeños, yellow squash, spicy tomatoes, and Anaheim peppers) and The Expert (olive oil, minced garlic, spinach, mozzarella, fresh tomatoes, purple onion, and crumbled bacon). If your tastes run toward the more traditional, Theo’s Neighborhood Pizza takes pride in its Create-Your-Own Pizza menu where you can get one topping or all toppings for a truly unique experience. For pizza done right, stop by Theo’s Neighborhood Pizza today.

4218 Magazine St
New Orleans,
LA
US

With numerous specialty pizzas, Vieux Carre Pizza has it all! Vegetarians will have a choice all to themselves, but have no fear meat lovers - there's plenty for you, too! Right in the middle of New Orleans's French Quarter, Vieux Carre Pizza has been serving up their freshly-made dough to pizza lovers for years. Best of all - they're open late so you'll be able to fill your craving for late night cheesy goodness. Also open for lunch and dinner, grab some of the most delicious, and reasonably-priced food in the area.

733 Saint Louis St
New Orleans,
LA
US