Tony Mandina’s, Gretna, LA Report #166

I can’t remember the last time I went to a restaurant that I could absolutely rave about, but this is it!  My new favorite Italian restaurant.  Even if I tried I couldn’t find anything to report negatively on after this dining experience.

There’s ample off street parking, with an attendant to keep an eye on your vehicle.  Very friendly guy who will even open the door for you!  Everyone on the staff tells you hello.  Mr. Tony Mandina himself even stopped buy our table to see how things were going.  The restaurant is also beautiful inside and out.

The bread they started us out with is dangerous.  Fresh, soft rolls, right out the oven, with softened butter.  This is my weakness.  It was hard to control myself.

We started off with the Quail with Honey Pepper Pancetta.  A totally boneless butterflied quail, covered with a honey pepper sauce with diced pancetta.  Delicious.

My dining partner had the house salad with blue cheese dressing.  They make their own salad dressings and she loves blue cheese.  There were so many nice chunks of blue cheese in it there were some left over when she finished the salad.  I tried it too.  One of the best blue cheese dressings I ever tasted.

The seafood gumbo was full of seafood and excellent.  Rivals the Pelican Club’s (Report #142).  Like homemade.

My dining partner had spaghetti and meatballs.  Really meaty, well seasoned meatballs and a great “Red Gravy”, which apparently they’re famous for.  They sell it in jars in the restaurant.  Very good.

I had the Shrimp Mandina.  Described as, “Jumbo Gulf shrimp sautéed in a Worcestershire spiked butter sauce loaded with fresh herbs and spices. Served over a bed of Linguine pasta.”  The menu also noted it was, “on the spicy side”.  Don’t let that scare you.  You could taste it had a nice little spice to it, but nothing overly spicy.  It was like the sauce from BBQed Shrimp, thickened, and served over a perfectly al dente linguine.  Excellent dish!

Finally, the bread pudding.  Don’t you hate when you order bread pudding and they serve it with just a drizzle of rum sauce on it? Doesn’t that make you want to throw a chair through the nearest window?  Or am I the only one that almost does that?  Anyway, you won’t have that problem here.  It’s served in a bowl swimming in rum sauce!  Or bourbon sauce.  I’m not sure what kind of liquor was in the sauce but you could definitely taste it.  And it was utterly delicious.  As was the bread pudding.  There were some kind of small pieces of fruit in it.  Maybe pineapple.  But NOT raisins, which I despise!    Not much fruit in it either.  And I hate a hard, dense bread pudding.  This one was nice and light.

If you’ve never been here, I HIGHLY recommend it!  Fantastic.

1915 Pratt St., Gretna, LA  70053  Ph: 504-362-2010

Blaine 12-29-2018


Pictured here are the Mozzarella Cheese Points (fried cheese triangles), Sicilian Eggplant Sticks (fried eggplant sticks), Cream of Artichoke Soup, Mandina’s Italian Salad with grilled chicken and Eggplant Dominic Jude (fried eggplant medallions with shrimp and crabmeat stuffing, topped with a creamy shrimp Alfredo sauce, served over linguine).

Nothing more to say than everything was utterly delicious.  The end.

1915 Pratt St., Gretna, LA  70053  Ph: 504-362-2010

Blaine 3-16-2019


The quail dish I loved so much wasn’t on the menu tonight, so we decided to try the calamari.  Delicious.  Very tender, well seasoned and fried nice and crisp.

I love a good Brociolone, so I decided on that for my entrée.  I figured I’d get a few slices over my pasta, but it came out like a little roast with the pasta on the side. Looked fantastic!

However I finally found a dish here I don’t care for.  It was like I couldn’t find any meat in it.  The sides I thought would be meat had a mushy texture to it, instead of tender beef.  And it was packed with breadcrumbs.  To many bread crumbs.

Oh well, guess you can’t bat 100% all the time.

1915 Pratt St., Gretna, LA 70053 Ph: 504-362-2010

Blaine 7-19-2019


   I was overdue for a trip here.  We had Seafood Gumbo, Oysters Florentine, Shrimp Mandina and Eggplant Dominic.

%%%%%%%%%% THE FOOD! %%%%%%%%%%

I might as well just check off the things that were delicious:

Bread – CHECK

Gumbo – CHECK

Oysters – CHECK!!

Shrimp dish – CHECK

Eggplant dish – CHECK!

Everything was fantastic. Get here and eat!

1915 Pratt St., Gretna, LA 70053 Ph: 504-362-2010

Blaine 2-12-2021


It’s COOLinary season! Came in tonight to try their menu. I decided on:

*************** THE FOOD! ***************

They start you out with those awesome, hot, soft buns with softened butter. Heaven.

The soup was great. Plenty of chunks of artichokes in it.

When I ordered the ravioli my waitress told me it was fried and asked if that was ok. Of COURSE it’s ok! Anything fried is ok! But when I got the dish I saw why she asked.

These were the strangest “ravioli” I’ve ever had. They were more like fried won tons stuffed with a shrimp and crab stuffing. Strange, but good! The pasta and sauce was also very good.

I normally never pass on bread pudding, but tonight I decided to try something different. I went with the strawberry cheesecake. It was delicious! Great choice if I do say so myself.

Fantastic dinner. One tip. If you want to come in and enjoy it make reservations over the phone. Don’t try to do it online.

1915 Pratt St., Gretna, LA 70053 Ph: 504-362-2010

Blaine 8-20-2021


Came in tonight and tried a different dish. Chicken Lindsey Grace!

And here it is!

Delicious. The end.

1915 Pratt St., Gretna, LA 70053 Ph: 504-362-2010

Blaine 7-15-2022

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