Paladar 511: an excellent Italian restaurant takes root in New Orleans' Faubourg Marigny

Nov 03, 2018 89

BY: Brett Anderson

Creole-Italian restaurants blessedly still thrive in New Orleans, with their red gravies and Gulf seafood, but they’re no longer, as they were just a decade ago, the only games in town. Paladar 511 is the most recent perfect expression of the alternative that’s emerged. I call the cooking Italian because a sizable percentage of it takes the form of hand-made pasta and pizzas so ingredient-driven that my favorite, crowned by an afro of peppery arugula, might just qualify as a salad.

Simplicity appears to be the true foundational ethic. It’s manifested in a space that flaunts its industrial past and in dishes of roasted okra dressed with mint yogurt, raw tuna tossed with melon and pickled chili and crisp-seared snapper laid over a bed of butter beans and basil.

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SOURCE: https://www.nola.com/

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