Our latest stop in the Local “Guide” Food Review series is Domenica. It is located in the historic Roosevelt Hotel on the edge of the French Quarter and the Central Business District. Domenica is a New Orleans favorite not only for its delicious Italian fare, but for its incredible Happy Hour. On a recent visit with a group of eight friends, I tried several of their tempting dishes.
Starters at Domenica
Before we even ordered, we had complimentary bread with spicy olive oil for dipping. The bread was fresh and the olive oil had a bit of a kick. We started our meal with a fromaggi plate with six different cheeses served with homemade torta frittas – delicious fried bread made with butter, flour, and milk. Then, for antipasti we had the roasted cauliflower with whipped feta. This dish is a must! The cauliflower was slightly charred yet tender, and you could eat the dip with a spoon. It was that good.
The Main Event at Domenica
The couple of salads that we shared were good but nothing extraordinary. However, the pizzas were excellent. The meat and Napolitano style pizzas are cooked to perfection in a wood burning oven. The toppings were tasty and fresh. The Margherita pizza was satisfactory, but the Quattro Formaggi was delicious – the four cheeses blended masterfully. The Tutto Carne had spicy salami, fennel sausage, and bacon. So it was a hit with our group.
After that, we ordered a couple of desserts since our server insisted they were heavenly. He was right! The Affogato was unforgettable and like the name translates in Italian, the vanilla gelato was “drowned” in espresso and served with biscotti. Above all, I would definitely recommend Domenica for good Italian food served by an attentive wait staff in a beautiful hotel that dates back to 1893.
Lagniappe (which means a little something extra in Louisiana) – Happy Hour at Domenica runs 2 pm-6 pm daily with half priced pizzas, wine, beer, and traditional cocktails. Just down the hall from Domenica’s is the famous Sazerac Bar. There you can sip the world’s first mixed drink – the Sazerac or try a Ramos Gin Fizz, one of Huey P. Long’s favorite drinks, at this historic establishment. SALUTI!!! ⚜️⚜️⚜️⚜️⚜️
Our Local “Guide” Food Review series will continue. Stay tuned!
DISCLAIMER: We are not epicureans, we are not paid for reviews, we are not affiliated with our review subjects and we are definitely not critics by trade. We are local tour guides sharing our honest opinions.
The Savvy Native is a group of experienced local tour guides who were either born in New Orleans or wish they had been.
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