Pasta! Let's be honest, what else could possibly pair better with a glass of chianti? The crockpot of food that is New Orleans is known for having special Italian gems peppered throughout the city. So it's time to get serious, because National Chianti Day is approaching. Here are five Italian spots to celebrate at!
Since 1957, Venezia has been serving homestyle Italian cooking that never disappoints. In classic New Orleans fashion, Venezia's food has a true New Orleanian flare. Their claim to fame is to be known amongst locals for their authentic dishes and handmade pizzas cooked in the stone oven. Arrive hungry and pair that chianti with a big plate of comforting Italian goodness. 134 N. Carrollton Ave., 504-488-7991, venezianeworleans.net.
Red Gravy's origin story starts with a 10-year-old Italian girl from New Jersey who, in 1972, pursued her passion of bringing people delicious meals. Make a reservation at Red Gravy and enjoy handmade pasta dishes from Vongole to Carbonara. Ask your server for the wine selection for the perfect pairing. This cozy restaurant is the perfect spot to celebrate Chianti Day. 4206 Magazine St., 504-561-8844, redgravycafe.com.
Moscas has mastered both familiar classics like spaghetti and meatballs to more unique dishes like Oysters Mosca. Patrons have enjoyed Moscas for over 60 years. If you've never been, what better time than on National Chianti Day! Every dish is prepared to order in a family style, so bring the whole gang. 4137 US-90 West, Westwego, 504-436-8950, moscasrestaurant.com.
Craving garlic knots and a delicious slice? Pizza Dominica has you covered. If you're celebrating at home with your own bottle of chianti, order takeout or delivery! Pizza Dominica also offers pizza classes for all ages. Birthday or special occasion coming up? Celebrate by crafting your own delicious pie with the ingredients provided by the restaurant! 4933 Magazine St., 504-301-4978, pizzadominica.com.
A Tavola embraces putting a twist on tradition with their modern Italian menu. The combination of elements, from the modern décor and a great patio to classic Italian cuisine with unique flares, makes A Tavola a fan favorite. Start with an Antipasti and move on to entrees and/or pizza! 3413 Veterans Blvd., Metarie, 504-577-2235, atavo.la.