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Ross B Nov 10, 2009 06:12 PM

1. How long of a cab drive from the Quarter?
2. How expensive of a cab drive from the Quarter?
3. Is it worth the trip?

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Mosca's Restaurant
Hwy-90 W, Westwego, LA 70094

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    jamy RE: Ross B Nov 10, 2009 10:00 PM

    1. A half-hour or more.
    2. No idea, but it won't be cheap, and you'll need to make arrangements to be fetched back afterwards, as it will be impossible to hail a cab out there.
    3. It's worth it if:
    a) you've exhausted more conventional in-town choices, or are devoted to Italian-American cooking. (I.E., you need to "collect" Mosca's, cross it off your list.)
    b) you've got a group. Four is a bare minimum, and six or more is better. You need to order some of everything and pass it around.

    Is there something in particular about Mosca's that interests you? Maybe someone could suggest an alternate that will be more accessible.

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    Mosca's Restaurant
    Hwy-90 W, Westwego, LA 70094

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      Hungry Celeste RE: jamy Nov 11, 2009 05:43 AM

      Just to note: the map posted alongside this thread is inaccurate; the restaurant is between Capitol Drive & Live Oak. Dunno why the posted map has it located too far east...

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        JazzyB RE: jamy Nov 14, 2009 01:00 PM

        Not worth the ride.

      2. speyerer RE: Ross B Nov 11, 2009 05:57 AM

        Be sure to bring plenty of cash. They don't take cards or checks.

        1. uptownlibrarian RE: Ross B Nov 11, 2009 06:32 AM

          I've mentioned this before in previous threads, but if you have your heart set on it you can rent a car for the day cheaper than you can take a cab to outlying areas. There is an Enterprise with very friendly employees on Baronne St.

          As for the trip to Mosca's being worth it, I think it would be fun if you're up for a little adventure and have enough people. It's not exactly inexpensive to begin with and the cab/rental car would add to that investment. It would be kind of like going on vacation to NYC and taking a day trip to Hartford for a slice of pizza.

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          Mosca's Restaurant
          Hwy-90 W, Westwego, LA 70094

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            unocal RE: uptownlibrarian Nov 12, 2009 08:39 AM

            ul - i hope you meant new haven, and not hartford!

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              uptownlibrarian RE: unocal Nov 12, 2009 08:46 AM

              I'm sure I did. Sorry. I meant wherever the awesome pizza is CT, where you might go if you had tired of NYC pizza. I was just trying to build on Jamy's point that there's not a huge reason to go to Mosca's if you still have plenty of places in New Orleans to explore.

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                unocal RE: uptownlibrarian Nov 12, 2009 12:06 PM

                i know, i'm just messin w/ ya! new haven's actually a cool college town to visit, mostly for the awesome food there (all the pizza places, louie's lunch, where supposedly the hamburger was invented, etc.), but right, there's so much in NYC there's no need. regarding mosca's though, i just finished reading gumbo tales; finding my place at the new orleans table, and the author, sara roahen, wrote about it in such a fantastical way, making me want to go there (and using the huey p. long bridge seems like one helluva ride to boot!). it's definitely seems like an experience kind of place, like a lot of NOLA restaurants.

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                  Hungry Celeste RE: unocal Nov 12, 2009 01:29 PM

                  Before trekking across the Huey P, be sure to check the traffic schedule: http://www.timedla.com/bridge/long/tr... The bridge is being widened, and complete closures (west or east, usually not both at the same time) are often scheduled for the weekends. I drive across the damn thing twice a day; it's just an old, narrow bridge. I sure wouldn't go out of my way to cross it. Not much view anymore since the rickety 1930s guardrail was replaced by solid reinforced concrete.

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                    hazelhurst RE: Hungry Celeste Nov 12, 2009 01:48 PM

                    Hey, that was a favorite ride of mine, especially passing a truck. Always liked that view, too. Used to use it a lot going shooting on Da West Bank.

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                      roro1831 RE: hazelhurst Nov 12, 2009 06:27 PM

                      Crossing the Huey P on a school bus heading across the river t play baseball was always a treat.

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            kibbles RE: Ross B Nov 11, 2009 06:54 AM

            on #3 - not really. i was raised italian and have tried mosca's several times. very underwhelming and terrible atmosphere. i dont get the fuss, other than possible childhood nostalgia. the baked oyster dish wasnt bad. crab italian salad was a joke (no crab!).

            meh. Eleven79 blows it out of the water.

            1. penthouse pup RE: Ross B Nov 14, 2009 10:59 AM

              And check before you go if it's Sunday or Monday--probably closed (which happened to me on a business trip many years ago and my host drove me out to Mosca's....and we found it dark... the host was Nola born-bred,and in retrospect, he must have been a dunce.)

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                Liz Gober RE: Ross B Nov 15, 2009 04:59 PM

                I noticed that most people provided information all about getting there but not too many people talked about the food. I went there during the summer with 7 friends expecting the food to be as good as it was in the early 80's. (I moved away for 26 yrs). Apparently it was heavily damaged in Katrina and has been remodeled. It no longer has the same atmosphere. But what was really disappointing was the food. You have to order a whole chicken, and the one we were served was cut into many small pieces that we had a hard time identifying, except for the drumsticks. The pieces were very bony and the sauce had separated into tomato and lots of olive oil. I wish you a better dinner than we had, but I wouldn't waste my time going that distance for Italian food....you're much better off going to Eleven79, or the new A Mano.....both amazing and right here in town.

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                  Bob W RE: Liz Gober Dec 11, 2009 11:11 AM

                  Liz -- you seem to know your stuff so I'll pose this question to you but of course everyone can chime in.

                  We have always loved Mosca's -- crab salad, oysters Mosca, and spaghetti bordelaise in particular. I am sad to read that it might not be worth the ride any more.

                  Having said that, where else would you recommend for Creole-Italian food? Not regular Italian, no matter how good (as an East Coaster who grew up in RI, I can get plenty of that).

                  I'm thinking someplace like Impastato's in Metairie, which I've known about for years but haven't tried yet. And I see from their web site that they have a dish called Soft Shell Crab Marcello -- softshells topped with crab meat and crawfish -- bestill my heart. We always rent a car when we visit NO so location is not an issue (for example, we love to drive to places like Rocky & Carlo's). In fact, Metairie/Kenner recs are especially welcome because we often stay out there.

                  Thanks!

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                    BayouTeche RE: Bob W Dec 11, 2009 11:25 AM

                    My favorite Creole-Italian is Tommy's. I think it outshines the similar and more popular Irene's in every aspect.

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                  piglet3000 RE: Ross B Dec 11, 2009 12:23 PM

                  Ugh. I was very excited about this place, read a bunch of great things about it, am totally fine with weird atmosphere and lousy lighting, went with friends who had been in years past, and it was DREADFUL. Like someone else mentioned, hacked up pieces of chicken. Did I want the backbone on the plate???? Not necessarily. The baked oysters were way overdone with burnt bread crumbs, the crab salad was like something from 1972. I saw the James Beard award on the way out. That must have been a VERY different meal ! Go to Irene's Cuisine in the Quarter for some yummy Italian inspired fare!!

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                    Suzy Wong RE: piglet3000 Dec 11, 2009 01:47 PM

                    re Creole Italian,

                    Bacco in the French Quarter
                    http://www.bacco.com/index.php

                    And while very different from Bacco, Tony Angello's in Lakeview is certainly true N.O. style Italian.....

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