At 10Best, we're always on the lookout for New Orleans's best restaurants, and while we appreciate places that have a broad culinary range, we can't help but adore restaurants that specialize in a given cuisine. When we're in the mood for Italian food in New Orleans, we head to Central Grocery - a reader favorite - or we count on Angeli On Decatur's solid track record and consistently great dishes. You'll find these places - and any of the restaurants on our list - to be fantastic options for Italian cuisine, and if you're looking to concentrate your efforts, start with the vibrant French Quarter area.

Maximo's Italian Grill

Indulge in the city's finest Tuscan-style cuisine at Maximo's Italian Grill, a French Quarter favorite for 25 years. Reserve a table by the open kitchen featuring Grill-Bar seating and be amazed as you get to watch Executive Chef Thomas Woods...  Read More

French Quarter

If the muffuletta was the official sandwich of New Orleans, Central Grocery officially makes the best sandwiches in the city! For the uninitiated, a muffuletta is a loaf of bread layered with Italian meats and cheeses and crowned with a chopped...  Read More

French Quarter
Irene's Cuisine
Photo courtesy of Lindsay Glatz

Located in the French Quarter, this cozy dining room is usually quite packed. From the irresistible marinara sauce to the roasted garlic chicken, the Sicilian cuisine keeps diners coming back. The bar offers a pleasing wine selection and some...  Read More

French Quarter
Cafe Giovanni

Romantic, Italian style décor adorns this restaurant's large dining room, and an adjoining patio room features a two-story ceiling and garden theme. Although the cuisine is primarily Italian, the Louisiana influence is evident just from...  Read More

Tommy's Cuisine

Folks flock to the fashionable Warehouse District hoping for a chance to savor this romantic kitchen's creative cookery. Indeed, the space – with its small cafe-style tables, white linens, dim lighting, dark-stained wood – is perfectly...  Read More