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Diners' Choice: Italian restaurants in New Orleans / Louisiana

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Updated July 05, 2024

Looking for restaurants with the best overall Italian cuisine in New Orleans / Louisiana? You’re in the right place. Each month OpenTable analyses more than 400,000 new diner reviews. We sort the results by category to help you discover new favourites. It's a great partnership: you reserve, eat, and review. We listen...and deliver the results for all to benefit. Enjoy!


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4.9
4.9 (653)
$31 to $50
Italian
Houma
About the restaurant
We allow online reservations only for parties up to 4 people. If you have a party of 5 or more, please call the restaurant to make your reservation, otherwise we may not be able to seat your party. We are allowing 2 hours dining time per table, so we cannot hold tables for parties that are late. There will be a 15 minute grace period allowed and then the table will be released. Please keep in mind that lounge and patio seating is also by reservation only.


Top review
LyleB
Dined 5 days ago
Always great! Food, ambience, menu, staff, service, presentation. All great.
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4.9
4.9 (4034)
$31 to $50
Italian
French Quarter
About the restaurant
*Please note that if your desired reservation time is not available online, or your party is larger than those accepted through this service, please call the restaurant. We are happy and excited to make great effort in accommodating you. *

RESERVATION POLICY: Reservations requiring a credit card are subject to a $10/person fee as a result of no call-no show, or if not cancelled before 4:00pm central time on the reservation date.

Our cuisine is country French and Italian with a New Orleans influence. Although a majority of our seating is available for walk-in guests we do take reservations. While you wait we have a piano player and serve cocktails. We look forward to serving you.
"Love and Cuisine, Sempre con Passione"

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Pamela
Dined 7 days ago
lovely new Orleans restaurant with excellent service and delicious food.
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4.9
4.9 (224)
$30 and under
Italian
Covington
About the restaurant


Please call for reservations. Due to Covid - 19 restrictions online reservation will be suspended until further notice. 985-400-5668
Our hours of operation will be:
Sunday & Monday - closed
Tuesday - Thursday - 4 pm - 9 pm
Friday - 11 am - 9 pm
Saturday - 4 pm - 9 pm
Happy Hour - Tuesday - Friday 4 pm - 6 pm
1/2 price appetizers
1/2 price glasses of wine and specialty cocktails

Top review
BretP
Dined 6 days ago
Food was absolutely delicious. Service was excellent. We will definitely be back.
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4.7
4.7 (1820)
$31 to $50
Italian
Warehouse District
About the restaurant
Sofia is an Italian-inspired kitchen that has an elevated take on traditional cuisine in a fun and funky setting in the warehouse district. Acclaimed chef Talia Diele's menu of inventive small plates, traditionally prepared meats and fish, handmade pasta, and wood fired pizza has drawn rave reviews locally and nationally. Our Italian inspired cocktails, craft beers and Italian wine list have been carefully curated and will appeal to the most discerning palates.
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RobertWvip
Dined 2 days ago
Awesome pizza margherita with mushrooms, great atmosphere!
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4.8
4.8 (300)
$31 to $50
Italian
Mandeville
About the restaurant
Hidden gem located in Old Mandeville Town Center. Conveniently located on the corner of Lafitte and Woodrow, across from the Mandeville Trailhead, blocks from the Lakefront.

Papillon's consists of an intimate fine dining room located on the second floor, featuring house specialties such as the Beef Wellington (hand cut filet wrapped in phyllo dough and baked to perfection). On the bottom floor is Angolo del Vino Wine Bar and Gelateria, serving Papillon's full menu which features award-winning meatballs, and wine on tap.

Perfect for any special occasion, date night, or a simple evening out. An experience like no other.

Top review
JRPEMvip
Dined 4 days ago
Service, atmosphere, cocktails and food were excellent! Our waitress was amazing. The menu has changed just slightly. Appears to be a larger choice of menu items, but the Elefante is no longer on the menu. It will be missed. But, everything we ordered was really good! The lobster ravioli is not to be missed. We actually shared it as an appetizer between four guests. Would definitely recommend to anyone wanting a fun evening with great food!
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4.7
4.7 (532)
$30 and under
Italian
French Quarter
About the restaurant
Enjoy an authentic Louisiana Pizza Kitchen experience in the French Quarter. Each gourmet pizza is fired in a wood-burning oven on either an unbleached white or untreated whole- wheat flour crust. All our meat and poultry are organic and free-range. We source quality, local Louisiana products whenever possible. And our wine cellar has won the Wine Spectator Award of Excellence for four years running. Don’t forget to check out our excellent selection of local, micro-brewed, and specialty beers from around the world.
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OpenTable Diner
Dined on Jul 12, 2024
Great place to visit when in New Orleans highly recommend
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4.7
4.7 (1031)
$30 and under
Italian
Metairie
About the restaurant
Chef Philip Gagliano is a native New Orleanian of Italian descent who LOVES food! Learning his culinary skills from his mother and grandmothers, Chef Philip serves delightfully classic dishes in an elegant and inviting atmosphere. Menu specialties include Oysters al Oreganate, Chicken & Veal served in 5 classic Italian preparations and USDA Steaks alongside traditional Italian Pasta dishes.
Chef Philip says "I am very attached to my Italian roots and have been in the industry a long time. My wife Mary and I work diligently at the restaurant to make it a wonderful place to dine for all of our guests. We look forward to welcoming you into our restaurant".

Top review
Gunfreak
Dined 3 days ago
Everything was great. Food was excellent. Only issue was that we sat upstairs and the waitress was stretched a little thin with the amount of people she was serving. Also after several customers sat upstairs the air conditioning could not keep up and it got a little warm. With this being said I will definitely be back. Food and drinks were spectacular they could have been having a bad night. The waitress explained that they only had two cooks for some reason, but we were not in a rush and it gave us time to visit and talk.
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4.6
4.6 (603)
$30 and under
Italian
Madisonville
About the restaurant
In 1979, after over 20 years of experience in the restaurant industry, Joe Impastato opened Impastato’s in Metaire. Only 5 years before, his brother Sal opened Sal and Judy’s in Lacombe. Now the family of restaurants extends to Madisonville with the opening of Impastato Cellars on September 5, 2013. The Impastato family decided to bring the same traditional, authentic Italian cuisine to the table on the Northshore along with the old world ambiance of a 600 square foot wine cellar featuring over 400 labels, in addition to a wide variety of spirits and craft beers.
Top review
alinetvip
Dined on Jul 13, 2024
Always great!!!
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4.6
4.6 (3390)
$31 to $50
Italian
French Quarter
About the restaurant
Fine dining awaits you in our intimate dining area. Both indoor & outdoor as well as seating at our premier handcraft bar. Our marble-top bar greets you upon entry, you will find yourself in candle light looking at white linen tables that are positioned on beautiful wood and brick flooring surrounded by bottles of fine Italian wines. The Chef and Owner Samantha Castagnetti brings her city in Northern Italia to you via overnight shipments of imported Italian foods and boast over 40 wines almost all are served by the glass- 14 years and counting.. Come and see what everyone raves about!
Authentic food is an understatement - this is the real thing. Reservations are most welcomed and taken only through OpenTable for parties of 12 or less.

Top review
OpenTable Dinervip
Dined 1 day ago
Chris & JT were awesome and very attentive. We started with the small Italian cheese board that was enough for four and spectacularly scrumptious. For the main course we had the Vongole and Veal Saltimbocca specials that were very well prepared and delicious. The tiramisu made by the owner’s mom is to die for. We highly recommend this gem of a restaurant.
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4.6
4.6 (1243)
$31 to $50
Italian
Mandeville
About the restaurant
Nuvolari’s is a warm and inviting Italian restaurant, nestled on the Northshore of New Orleans in Old Mandeville. For over 40 years, loyal customers have enjoyed Italian food, friendship and celebrations around our tables. Nuvolari’s menu features traditional Italian fare alongside creative fresh dishes. Dining options include intimate indoor seating with a relaxed exterior patio. We offer Happy Hour in the bar and patio Thursday from 4:00-6:00. We also serve Lunch on Friday from 11:00-2:00. Our wine list is appreciated by both connoisseurs and newcomers, with a diverse selection by the glass and bottle.

Open Table consistently recognizes Nuvolari’s with Most Romantic and Neighborhood Gem awards. Nuvolari’s– an unhurried culinary experience, just two blocks from Lake Ponchartrain. We look forward to seeing you soon!

Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 3 days ago
Such a beautiful restaurant & I truly had such a nice time spending quality time with friends. Sometimes the unplanned is the best plans! The food and service were AMAZING !!
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