For things Italiano, it’s iMonelli

May 13, 2015 611

iMonelli is a tiny restaurant sandwiched between a sports bar and a payday loans business. But looks can be deceiving and often are, for inside is one of Lafayette's best fine-dining establishments and the kitchen of chef Brian Blanchard.

Blanchard runs a culinary empire that at one time stretched from A La Carte in the Oil Center to River Oaks on Kaliste Saloom, yet iMonelli has never lost its small, cared-for feel. Quiet by day, low-lit and romantic by night, it's perfect for bosses and boyfriends alike, and Blanchard himself was in the kitchen when we visited.

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