The Best Italian Restaurants in New Orleans

The OpenTable Team

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.

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

Pascal's Manale

$$$$·Italian·
Uptown
2,040 reviews
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Authentic
  • 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. GuestsRead more
90% recommended
Neighborhood Gem in New Orleans / Louisiana

Josephine Estelle

$$$$·Contemporary Italian·
Central Business District
1,596 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Special Occasion
  • 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 bRead more
89% recommended
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Domenica

$$$$·Italian·
Central Business District
5,691 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Good for Groups
  • Happy Hour
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 sinRead more
93% recommended
Italian in New Orleans / Louisiana

Cristiano Ristorante

$$$$·Italian·
Houma
430 reviews
  • Good for Anniversaries
  • Great for Brunch
  • Good for a Date
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 sRead more
100% recommended
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Irene's

$$$$·Italian·
French Quarter
1,880 reviews
  • Romantic
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for a Date
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 Read more
93% recommended
Outdoor Dining in New Orleans / Louisiana
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Milano

$$$$·Contemporary Italian·
Houma
208 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for Anniversaries
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, MilRead more
96% recommended
Romantic in New Orleans / Louisiana

The Italian Barrel

$$$$·Italian·
French Quarter
2,038 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Romantic
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 areRead more
88% recommended
Italian in New Orleans / Louisiana
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Tommy's Cuisine

$$$$·Italian·
Warehouse District
1,348 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for a Date
  • Good for Anniversaries
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 likRead more
91% recommended
Notable Wine List in New Orleans / Louisiana
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Avo

$$$$·Italian·
Uptown
916 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Special Occasion
The name “Avo,” which means “ancestor” in Italian, is fitting for this Magazine Street culinary sensation owned by a chef of third-generation Sicilian ancestry. Locally grown and hRead more
96% recommended
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Ristorante Filippo

$$$$·Italian·
Metairie
339 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Special Occasion
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 sRead more
94% recommended
Italian in New Orleans / Louisiana

Nuvolari's

$$$$·Italian·
Mandeville
821 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for a Date
  • Romantic
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 andRead more
96% recommended
Italian in New Orleans / Louisiana

Tony Mandina's Restaurant

$$$$·Italian·
Gretna
202 reviews
  • Romantic
  • Good for a Date
  • Good for Anniversaries
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 mRead more
98% recommended
Good for Groups in New Orleans / Louisiana
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Rizzuto's Ristorante & Chop House

$$$$·Italian·
Lakeview/Gentilly
488 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for a Date
  • Neighborhood Gem
Tucked away in the quiet residential neighborhood of Lakeview near New Orlean’s gigantic City Park, lies the sophisticated elegance of Rizzuto’s Ristorante and Chop House. Known foRead more
93% recommended
Notable Wine List in New Orleans / Louisiana
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Poydras & Peters

$$$$·Contemporary American·
Warehouse District
75 reviews
  • Gluten Free Options
  • Pre/post Theatre
  • Special Occasion
Taking inspiration from a now-defunct neighborhood market where the different immigrant populations of New Orleans blended their ingredients together in the early 20th century, PoyRead more
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Andrea's

$$$$·Italian·
Metairie
841 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for Anniversaries
  • Romantic
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 dinRead more
89% recommended

Compère Lapin

$$$$·American·
Central Business District
2,689 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Creative Cuisine
  • Good for a Date
Named after a trickster rabbit that figures prominently into many Caribbean folktales, Compere Lapin is a warehouse district area eatery that combines Creole and Italian food in neRead more
95% recommended
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Liuzzas Restaurant & Bar

$$$$·Cajun·
Mid-City / City Park
2 reviews
Family owned and operated since 1947, Liuzza’s is a Mid-City neighborhood institution with a strong local following for their casual atmosphere and unique creations. This includes Read more
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Marcello's of New Orleans

$$$$·Italian·
Warehouse District
1,637 reviews
  • Notable Wine List
  • Good for a Date
  • Special Occasion
With sidewalk seating overlooking the historic New Orleans streetcar as it clangs its way down St. Charles, this fine dining restaurant and wine market has roots that go back to 19Read more
95% recommended
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BRAVO Cucina Italiana - Metairie - Permanently Closed

$$$$·Italian·
Metairie
326 reviews
  • Good for Groups
  • Good for Birthdays
  • Good for a Date
A variety of daily drink and dining specials makes BRAVO a favorite choice for Italian-themed eats in the Metairie area, and the restaurant is a great place to head to for those wiRead more
83% recommended
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