Friday, December 25, 2009
Andrea's Northern Italian Restaurant - Metairie (New Orleans)
Andrea's Northern Italian Restaurant
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 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 entrée.
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.
Posted by Jane Feehan at 12:28 PM