Saturday, March 22, 2014

Mosca's Rest., NOLA - 03/22/14


Saturday – March 22, 2014
Mosca’s Restaurant
Avondale, Louisiana

We had read rave reviews on several forums about Mosca’s Restaurant. It is literally located out in the middle of nowhere and looks like a nondescript white, house from the highway. A sign hanging out in front identifies the place as Mosca’s Restaurant. It is an Italian restaurant, serving food family style. If you go there, be forewarned, they only accept cash. No credit cards or checks are accepted. They are open Tuesday through Saturday, 5:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Reservations are recommended, but walk-ins are accepted, but there may be a long wait.

We arrived at 5:15 p.m. and there were already two other vehicles in the parking lot waiting for the restaurant to open. At 5:30 p.m. the door was opened and we were seated immediately, without making a reservation.

Mosca’s has a very limited menu: one soup selection, two salad selections, three spaghetti selections, two chicken selections, one shrimp selection and an oyster casserole selection. Side dishes of potatoes or vegetables are priced separately. I was disappointed that as an Italian restaurant they did not have any veal selections. I guess I have to chalk that up to it being a family style restaurant.

Sharon ordered the one-half Chicken Le Grand and I ordered the Spaghetti and Meatballs. The chicken is roasted with herbs and spices and cut up. The servings on both dishes were huge (plenty was leftover for another two meals). The spaghetti is served with angel hair pasta and two giant meatballs. Both dishes were well done and very tasty.

As Italian restaurants go, we have been to better ones within the same price range. I am not quite sure why they get such rave reviews. But, to each there own. With our curiosity satisfied over why Mosca’s is so popular, we will probably not return, but rather stay with our favorites in the New Orleans area.

Tomorrow another adventure begins.

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