Although Italians originally invented pasta as a fastener to keep Sicily from floating away, they abandoned it for less-delicious moorings after locals on both sides kept snacking their way toward separation. Tether your taste buds to today's Groupon at Leonardo Trattoria, located in the Warehouse District. Whipping up fresh, Sicilian-style eats, Leonardo Trattoria cultivates a relaxed environment where patrons can kick back while watching Italian cinema flicker across flat-screen TVs. Gaze over the mouthwatering menu and encounter an extensive list of wood-fired pizza, fresh fish specials, homemade pastas, and gelato.
- The crust is thin, crisp at the bottom, lightly burned and bubbled here and there, and covered with an unimpeachable sauce and excellent cheeses and other ingredients. The rest of the menu is good and ample, but if you pass on the pizza, you’ve missed it. – Tom Fitzmorris, New Orleans CityBusiness
- Fish are a particular strongpoint... There is a choice of four sauces for the fish of the night, among them the Sicilian classic salmoriglio and its tangy blend of garlic, lemon and oil. The oil practically fused with the crisped skin of the rainbow trout while the lemon and garlic kept pace with the strongly flavored fish. – Ian McNulty, Gambit
Pots of bubbling water cook freshly made pasta until it’s ready to join meatballs and calamari on plates doused in zesty sauces. Nearby, pizzas are loaded with prosciutto, shrimp, and roasted garlic, while fresh mozzarella rains over a pizza crust headed for a wood-fired oven. Leonardo Trattoria forgoes local New Orleans food influences, instead maintaining “a focus on Sicilian dishes and cooking styles,” as Ian McNulty of Gambit writes. The full-fledged Italian atmosphere continues in the dining room, where flat-screen TVs mounted on brick walls play Italian mobster movies or hours of footage of Dante’s writing desk. Outside, lush foliage hangs from a second-story balcony, adding to the ambiance that helped the eatery snag a diners’ choice award for outdoor dining from OpenTable readers.