A Depression Era Guide To New Orleans

Italian Restaurants
Masera's, 807 St. Louis St.; proprietor, Joseph Masera. Open 9 A.M. to 12 midnight, a la carte orders. Table d hote dinner, 5 to midnight, $1. Masera's was established toward the beginning of the present century, and is well known for its Italian specialties.

B. Montalbano, 724 St. Philip St.; proprietor, B. Montalbano. Open 10 A.M. to 10 P.M.; table d hote, 65^ up to 6 P.M.; 75 cents from 6 to 10 P.M.; make reservations for a party, as seating capacity is very limited.This establishment is a unique mixture of delicatessen shop, religious shrine, and restaurant.

The Roma Room, where meals are served, has been blessed by Pope Pius XI. Here has been constructed an improvised altar, with a copy of the Vatican at the top, and in the corners on either side small votary candles are kept burning continuously. Colored prints of religious pictures from Rome are inset into the wall by means of gay-colored strips of oilcloth. The ceiling is decorated with Christmas-tree trimmings of colored balls and tinsel. In these Italian peasant surroundings, there has been placed a long table with room for about a dozen guests. The
usual dinner is chicken ravioli or spaghetti and chicken, with an elaborate dish of Italian antipasto.

Turci's Italian Gardens, 223 Bourbon St. ; proprietor, Ettore Turci. Open 11 A.M. to 11 P.M. for a la carte orders. Table d hote dinner, 5.30 to 9 P.M., 80 cents.

Turci's is one of the leading Italian restaurants in New Orleans. It was established by Signer and Signora Turci, opera singers from Northern Italy, who toured the United States with various companies before settling down to the restaurant business. As a consequence, Turci s has always been the favorite haunt of visiting opera singers. The restaurant serves home-made ravioli, home-made noodles, and various kinds of Italian spaghetti.

The following Italian restaurants are also well known for their Italian food and seafood specialties: Tortorich Restaurant, 441 Royal St.; Gentilich Caterers, 900 Rampart St., situated across from the Municipal Auditorium and patronized by after- theater parties; and the uptown places: S. Dominici, 3633 Prytania St.; Manale's Restaurant, 1838 Napoleon Ave.; Zibilich Restaurant, 3750 S. Claiborne Ave.; Tranchina's, 2505 Carondelet St.; and Delmonico's, 1300 St. Charles Ave.

In connection with the Italian restaurants, it is interesting to note that Ursuline St., between Royal and Chartres, is commonly called Spumone Block from the number of little confectionery shops established there which serve Italian ices (spumone, cassata, alkeno, and sciallotti) and cakes (cannola, etc.).

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