"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.
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.
A two-story white building stands on a tree-lined corner with "Liuzza's" painted in green block letters over the entrance's red, white, and green striped awning. Since 1945, these colors of the Italian flag have indicated Liuzza's Restaurant & Bar's Italian influences, which the staff complements by adding other flavors from the community's melting pot, serving a menu also brimming with Louisianan and Cajun fare. Inside the kitchen, chefs prepare signature Frenchuletta sandwiches piled high with Italian meats and seasonings, stir steamy pots of Cajun andouille gumbo, and layer french bread poorboys with deep-fried seafood. Sips of beer from frosted schooners, wine by the glass, and signature cocktails from the full bar accompany entrees. Stools host patrons as they watch games lighting up the behind-the-bar TVs. The collection of framed photos and artwork, meanwhile, showcases cartoons by Bunny Matthews salvaged after Hurricane Katrina's eight feet of flood waters engulfed the restaurant.
You might not expect to see fried pulled-pork ragu on a pizzeria menu, but it's a signature item at Little Vic's. Nestled in the historic French Quarter, the small Italian eatery serves its Sicilian-style pork atop pizza and fresh, chewy ciabatta rolls, or stuffed into arancini and pitoni—fried or baked pizza turnovers. The menu also includes familiar dishes such as traditional margherita, vegetable, ham, and sausage pizzas. For dessert, espresso complements Italian pastries and more than 18 rotating gelato flavors.
More than two dozen toppings options at Angeletto's Pizzeria & Pub means that guests can create their own custom pizza masterpiece. Chefs slather tomato, garlic, and pesto sauces atop crusts before sprinkling on toppings such as caramelized onions, pancetta, kalamata olives, and feta cheese. The chefs also fry up mozzarella sticks, and smother french fries with cheese sauce. For those stopping in for a beer or cocktail, a row of mounted TVs behind the bar broadcast football, basketball, and broom hockey games.
Cafe Roma's chefs pile fresh veggies, meats, and sauces atop circular discs of hand-tossed dough to fashion gourmet concoctions as pesto-artichoke pies and grilled-shrimp pizzas. Alternatively, customers can customize their pizza with a host of decorative ingredients arranged to spell out their social-security number. Sandwiches clamp down on meatballs, genoa salami, and grilled chicken breasts, and pasta noodles stay warm underneath housemade sauce.