Venezia, New Orleans, LA Report #228

New Orleans is a great place for Italian food.  Most Italian immigrants arrived here in the 1880’s from Sicily, and we’ve had a large Italian population ever since.  This place has been here since 1957.  You don’t survive in a food city like this for that long if you’re not good!

And this place is good.  I’ve never heard anyone say anything bad about it.  We decided on the Spinach & Artichoke Dip, the Veal Pontchartrain and Pork Osso Bucco.

And the food:

I’ve never been a big fan of spinach and artichoke dip, but my dining partner wanted it.  After she threatened me with violence, I said, “Ok”.  But I’m glad we got it.  It was the best I ever had!  Served with warm pita chips that were crisp enough for dipping, but still soft on the inside.

She had the Veal Pontchartrain, which was panne veal topped with lump crabmeat, mushrooms, artichoke and lemon butter sauce, and served with a side of pasta.  She loved it.

I had the Osso Bocco.  It was listed on a “Specials” menu, so I’m not sure they have it all the time.  I’m sure glad they had it tonight.  It was delicious.  Fork tender and they served the sauce it cooked in over the pasta.  Really good dish.

We didn’t try dessert here because in the next block, there’s an even older (MUCH older) Italian place that specializes in dessert, called Angelo Brocato’s (Report # 229).

Excellent Italian joint.  If you’ve got an itch for Italian food, you won’t go wrong letting this place scratch it!

134 N. Carrollton Ave., New Orleans, LA 70119  Ph: 504-488-7991

Blaine 9-6-2019

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