The Best Italian Restaurants in New Orleans

New Orleans might be known for its French roots, but it also has strong ties with Italy. In fact, so many Italians moved to NOLA in the 19th and early 20th century that the French Quarter was almost renamed “Little Palermo.” When it comes to food, that Italian heritage is still present—the city’s signature sandwich, the muffaletta, is an Italian invention. But where should you eat when searching for the most outstanding Italian in the city? Ask a local and you’re bound to get the most accurate read on the pulse of the restaurant scene in New Orleans. So, we looked at our data to find where the most in-the-know locals are going for the best Italian food in NOLA —here’s where they’re dining now.

The OpenTable Team
Restaurants:Pascal's Manale, Josephine Estelle, Domenica
Price Range:$$ - $$
Cuisines:Italian, Contemporary Italian
Neighborhoods:Uptown, Central Business District
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Time
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Pascal's Manale

$$$$·Italian·
Uptown
2,320 reviews
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Special Occasion

A true culinary landmark on the New Orleans culinary map, Pascal’s Manale has been serving Italian-Creole food out of their Napoleon Street location for more than 100 years. Guests can choose between ...

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Italian in New Orleans / Louisiana

Josephine Estelle

$$$$·Contemporary Italian·
Central Business District
1,860 reviews
  • Good for Groups
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Romantic

European-style attention to detail applied to full-flavored Southern-style ingredients results in an innovative culinary experience at Josephine Estelle, which serves some of the best Italian in New O...

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Domenica

$$$$·Italian·
Central Business District
6,016 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Special Occasion
  • Fit for Foodies

A traditional Neopolitan-style Italian eatery located in the heart of New Orlean’s Central Business District (CBD), Domenica has become a favorite among both locals and critics since opening its doors...

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Italian in New Orleans / Louisiana

Cristiano Ristorante

$$$$·Italian·
Houma
440 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Fit for Foodies

Located just 15 miles south of New Orleans in the historic town of Houma, Cristiano Ristorante is situated inside of a comfortable house. It offers a large patio with garden side seating, where modern...

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Italian in New Orleans / Louisiana
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Irene's

$$$$·Italian·
French Quarter
2,482 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Romantic
  • Good for Anniversaries

Established in 1993, Irene’s does country-style Italian and French fare with a strong dose of New Orleans influence out of a charming “hole in the wall” in the heart of the French Quarter. Known for s...

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Best Overall in New Orleans / Louisiana
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Milano

$$$$·Contemporary Italian·
Houma
236 reviews
  • Romantic
  • Good for Anniversaries
  • Disabled Access

Serving traditional Italian cuisine in a white tablecloth setting and offering guests an adjoining cocktail lounge called The Patio, where live entertainment often takes place, Milano is a popular cul...

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The Italian Barrel

$$$$·Italian·
French Quarter
2,328 reviews
  • Romantic
  • Special Occasion
  • Neighborhood Gem

An optimal location near the French Market and a chef born in Verona, Italy have placed The Italian Barrel on several lists for the best Italian in New Orleans. Menu items here are crafted in a distin...

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Romantic in New Orleans / Louisiana

Tommy's Cuisine

$$$$·Italian·
Warehouse District
1,601 reviews
  • Romantic
  • Special Occasion
  • Notable Wine List

A fine dining seafood restaurant located in the waterfront warehouse district of New Orleans, Tommy’s Cuisine is also known for their Creole take on classic Italian. Appetizers like the Crab and Avoca...

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Notable Wine List in New Orleans / Louisiana
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Ristorante Filippo

$$$$·Italian·
Metairie
518 reviews
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Good for a Date
  • Romantic

Located in the historic New Orleans suburb of Metairie, Ristorante Filippo is under the watchful culinary genius of a New Orleans native chef of Italian descent. Known for having some of the best veal...

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Nuvolari's

$$$$·Italian·
Mandeville
940 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Good for Anniversaries

It's worth a trip across Lake Ponchartrain and over to the “North Shore” to check out Nuvolari’s, a stand-out Italian eatery located in the center of Old Mandeville. Live music and a refreshing outsid...

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Tony Mandina's Restaurant

$$$$·Italian·
Gretna
301 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for Groups
  • Great for Lunch

Just over the mighty Mississippi River from New Orleans lies the quiet town of Gretna, home to the old-school Sicilian-style Tony Mandina’s Restaurant. Folks line up here for the mild cherry pepper bo...

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Best Overall in New Orleans / Louisiana
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Andrea's

$$$$·Italian·
Metairie
953 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for a Date
  • Good for Anniversaries

With both Louisiana specials and classic Northern Italian cuisine on the menu, Andrea’s in Metairie is designedto please everyone at the dinner table and their massive 500-seat dining room is proof th...

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