The focus here is on fine, Northern Italian cuisine. Fresh ravioli flown in from Italy complements such authentic fare as veal with porcini mushrooms and truffle oil, osso buco-topped polenta and top-notch tiramisu. A full-bodied Italian wine selection is also offered. $$$ L, D (daily).
Verona, Italy born and raised, Chef Samantha Castagnetti creates “Northern Italian” dishes at The Italian Barrel in New Orleans’ French Quarter. Chef Samantha believes in serving only the finest, freshest, highest-quality ingredients she can find. She also believes in giving you an Italian food experience like no other, which is why she imports many of her items directly from Italy. Come and enjoy some of Chef Sam’s amazing delicacies: Fettuccine Caprese (imported pasta with fresh mozzarella, fresh basil and sweet cherry tomatoes), Sea Bass alla Fiorentina (fresh Chilean center-cut filet cooked to perfection, topped with fresh garlic and sweet cherry tomatoes, and served over a bed of sautéed spinach) or Tagliata di Manzo (prime USDA grade center-cut filet mignon, thinly sliced, topped with organic arugula and 25-month Parmigiano Reggiano, and served with yellow Yukon potatoes). Be sure to leave enough room for Chef Sam’s mother’s secret Tiramisu recipe and a cappuccino made with love.