Though meals tend to bring friends together, meals peppered with magnets can push them apart. Enjoy an attractive repast with today's Groupon: for $12, you get $25 worth of Italian and southern fare at Fiorella’s Cafe on Decatur Street in the French Quarter.
Fiorella’s Cafe enraptures palates with a menu of tantalizing home-cooked Italian and Southern cuisine. Like Puccini’s operatic interpretation of A Confederacy of Dunces, the impressive bill of fare is a rich blend of Italian and New Orleans traditions, with zesty plates of shrimp or crawfish étouffée ($14.95) residing peacefully alongside dishes of chicken, veal, or eggplant parmesan ($11.95, $12.95, and $10.95, respectively).
As guests lounge indoors or outside on the patio of forested umbrellas, they dine on flavorful seafood gumbos enriched with thick roux and simmering with sausage, shrimp, and crayfish ($7.95) or chow down on ciabatta-bread muffulettas ($9.75) or oyster po boys ($10.95). In addition to dishing out flavorful stews, tasty sandwiches, and mouthwatering Italian meals, Fiorella’s proudly doles out its signature fried chicken ($8.50–$11.75), dazzling gourmands and amateur historians alike with its recipe dating back to 1937.
Distressed walls and a second-story balcony lend Fiorella's Cafe a vintage ambience. That makes sense, because the restaurant's chefs channel time-honored flavors: since 1937, they've prepared sizzling fried chicken following the same recipe. They also fuse Italian and Creole flavors in entrees like fettuccini alfredo with fresh green onion and crawfish, though diners can opt for more traditional Italian entrees such as lasagna with Italian sausage, ground beef, and three cheeses.