I was in the pizza/pasta mood and heard good things about this place, so I figured I’d give it a try. There’s one in the French Quarter, but I opted to avoid the hassles of parking down there. This is the one located at 615 S. Carrollton in the Riverbend area.
Nice looking place with an extensive menu. I had trouble finding a good menu online so I took the time and effort to photograph the entire menu for y’all. Yes, I’m just that nice a guy.
We decided to start off with the Wild Mushroom Raviolis for an appetizer. They were described as “fried, served with a chili-garlic mayo”. These were terrible. They tasted more like they came out of a box in the freezer and were microwaved instead of fried. And if you look at the picture right after the dish, you’ll see they were hardly stuffed with anything. You could have told me it was mushrooms or finely ground beef. I wouldn’t have been able to tell the difference. The chili-garlic mayo was good though. I dipped them in it heavily!
We then shared the Pesto Gnocchi. Described as potato dumplings sauteed with pesto, pine nuts and sun dried tomatoes, topped with fresh basil and Parmesan cheese. You have the option to add shrimp, duck, lamb or salmon to dishes, and I decided to add duck.
This dish was pretty good. It was served in more of a tomato sauce though, instead of a pesto. I think it had maybe seven or so small slices of what looked like duck breast in it. Pretty tasty.
Next up was the Quattro Formaggi pizza. A four cheese pizza with mozzarella, feta, ricotta and Parmesan cheese. This was really interesting. It’s an eight slice pizza, and instead of getting the four cheeses mixed together over the whole thing, you get two slices each with one of the cheeses on it. And they don’t skimp on the cheese! In fact, the two ricotta slices had so much cheese on them I took some off and topped my gnocchi with it. My two favorites were the mozzarella and the Parmesan. Oh, and we originally tried to do a specialty half and half pizza but they told us they don’t do half pizzas.
We rounded out or entrees with meatballs and spaghetti. Very good! The meatballs are really meaty, well seasoned, and they give you a bunch of them. Five I think. Reminded me of the meatballs my mom made when I was a kid. I’d go back just for this dish.
Finally, for dessert we had bread pudding. I didn’t like it. First of all, it had raisins in it. That’s rather traditional so I can’t knock them for that, but I just don’t like raisins. It was also pretty dense, and didn’t have all that great a flavor. I’m not sure what kind of “sauce” they served on it but it was flavorless, and had the look and consistency of low fat milk.
I forgot to mention the service. It was very good. Friendly folks and all of our food came out really fast.
I saw so many other things on the menu I want to try I that I will be back.
615 S. Carrolton Ave., New Orleans, LA 70118 504-866-5900