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Diners' Choice: Italian restaurants in New Orleans / Louisiana

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Updated June 05, 2024

Looking for restaurants with the best overall Italian cuisine in New Orleans / Louisiana? You’re in the right place. Each month OpenTable analyzes more than 400,000 new diner reviews. We sort the results by category to help you discover new favorites. 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 (645)
$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
OpenTable Diner
Dined on May 29, 2024
Felt like eating at an ole antique shop. Resturaunt has a very at home and unique style. Food and service was great.
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4.9
4.9 (4000)
$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"
Top review
IreneS
Dined 2 days ago
Irene’s was an outstanding experience from the minute we walked in until er left. The atmosphere, kindness, service and food quality were all 5 stars. The ambience of the Italian restaurant was great. Our server David was excellent as he has been in previous visits. You can tell he is passionate about being sure we had a good dinner. His suggestions were spot on. The prices of the food and drink were reasonable.
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4.8
4.8 (1797)
$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.
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 6 days ago
It was truly a top tier experience!!! Received service on arrival and drinks were amazing. The bruschetta and Meatballs were something to dream about and the Pizza and Pasta alla Vodka was incredible!
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4.9
4.9 (221)
$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
GlennJvip
Dined 3 days ago
Excellent food quality and service experience. Great atmosphere. Highly recommend.
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4.8
4.8 (553)
$30 and under
Italian
Gretna
About the restaurant
A family owned and operated Italian Restaurant serving Southern Italian cuisine along with great seafood for over 41 years, just minutes from downtown New Orleans.
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 3 days ago
Great Italian Food - just like I get in New Jersey
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4.5
4.5 (601)
$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
KarenF
Dined on Jun 7, 2024
We went for a birthday celebration. We did the 5 course deal, and it was so much food we had supper for the next day. Everything was delicious. They had live music so we sat far enough away to still be able to hear and able to talk to each other.
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4.7
4.7 (293)
$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
Angievip
Dined 2 days ago
Wine, food and service is always excellent❣️ Great selection❣️
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4.6
4.6 (525)
$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.
Top review
liss711
Dined 1 day ago
The Four Seasons pizza was delicious! We also ordered a Caprese salad as an app but it didn’t come out until after the pizza but the waitress was super sweet about it. It was delicious as well!
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4.6
4.6 (1022)
$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
Dannyvip
Dined on Jun 13, 2024
Everything was Great. ATMOSPHERE, SERVICE, ESPECIALLY THE FOOD. A NIGHT TO REMEMBER. THE OWNERS ALWAYS CHECKED TO MAKE EVERYTHING WAS UP TO PAR. AND IT WAS AS USUAL.
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4.5
4.5 (3191)
$30 and under
Italian
Uptown
About the restaurant
Founded in 1913, this family-run, Italian-Creole restaurant is located in uptown New Orleans. It is famous for creating barbecued shrimp.

This neighborhood restaurant is vintage New Orleans, from the service to the decor. The oyster bar is always manned by a friendly shucker. The oysters are fresh, salty, and delicious.

The old time oyster bar and cocktail bar offers raw oysters on the half shell and all types of cocktails. We offer fine seafood, Italian specialties, and delicious steaks.

In 2023, Dickie Brennan & Co. welcomed Pascal's Manale into their restaurant family.
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined on Jun 13, 2024
Great service; very accomdating reservation service; excellent "New Orleans" food and atmosphere. Our out of town guests loved it.
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