Saturday, September 5, 2009

Andrea's - New Orleans (Metairie), Louisiana

3100 19th Street
Metairie, Louisiana 70002
Lunch: Monday-Saturday – 11 a.m. - 3 p.m.
Dinner: Monday-Thursday – 3 p.m.-9 p.m.
Dinner: Friday-Saturday – 3 p.m. -10 p.m.
Dinner: Sunday – 3 p.m. - 9 p.m.
Brunch: Sunday 11 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Chef/owner Andrea Apuzzo maintains a high profile at this establishment greeting customers and asking how they like the food. That’s usually a sign of good things to come. I totally enjoyed a bowl of gumbo with a few whole crab legs thrown in, a la New Orleans style, and a tasty dish of pompano covered in crabmeat and shrimp. This delicate fish didn’t need dressing up or flavor enhancing. Andrea’s light buttery lemmon sauce was enough … pompano is a wonderful fish and this is a good year for them. The piece served at this restaurant was larger than what’s usually found, courtesy of a good fishing season. Eggplant in Italian seasonings, green beans and cut potatoes accompanied the entrĂ©e.

Andrea will cook up special requests and pasta is made on site. In addition to seafood, his menu lists traditional Italian favorites – ravioli, lasagna, cannelloni, Ossobuco – as well as a selection of USDA steaks.

Andrea’s Capri Blu Bar is a little bit of Italy with its sky blue ceiling, ornate white molding, Italian Provincial furniture – and a group of neighborhood gents, obviously regulars, meeting for their nightly cocktail. Dress is casual but this is not a casual spot. Great for business or special occasions. Moderate to expensive. Service: Good.
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