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Photograph: Courtesy Domenica/Graham Blackall
Photograph: Courtesy Domenica/Graham Blackall Domenica

Time Out says

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A partnership between two heavyweights—celeb restaurateur John Besh and his acclaimed protégé Alon Shaya—this splashy, happening hub in the Roosevelt Hotel operates with maximum panache, yet minimal fuss. To say that the pizzas at Domenica rival any found in Italy is almost an insult, because of course they do; fancy pastas like the dramatically black-and-white squid-ink tagliolini with blue crab enjoy equal fame. But the most notable dishes are often the most humble and soulful, from ragged-cut stracci in oxtail ragu with fried chicken livers to the bean-and-bread stew called ribollita (“twice-boiled”). To wash it all down, beers from Italy’s burgeoning craft-brewing industry are a rare treat; here in the Big Easy, though, cocktails prove hard to beat.

Domenica says
Domenica is the creation of internationally acclaimed chef John Besh and his executive chef and partner, Alon Shaya, who was recently named “Chef of the Year” by New Orleans Magazine and nominated in 2012 for a James Beard “Best Chef – South” award. Domenica won “Best Pizza 2012” from New Orleans Magazine and was chosen as a top restaurant of 2012 by Food & Wine. Located in the storied Roosevelt New Orleans hotel, Domenica brings an elegant take on the unique cuisine of rural Italy prepared using only the best local ingredients. Homemade pastas, cured meats and wood-fired pizzas all paired with a stylish, vibrant atmosphere create a dining experience that is sure to start a few traditions of its own.

By: Ruth Tobias



Address: Roosevelt Hotel
123 Baronne St
New Orleans
Price: $$$ (30-50)
Opening hours: 11:00AM to 11:00PM daily
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