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Nov 10, 2009 06:12 PM

Mosca's questions

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?

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

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  1. 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.

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

    2 Replies
    1. re: jamy

      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...

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

        1. 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.

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

          6 Replies
          1. re: uptownlibrarian

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

            1. re: unocal

              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.

              1. re: uptownlibrarian

                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.

                1. re: unocal

                  Before trekking across the Huey P, be sure to check the traffic schedule: 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.

                  1. re: Hungry Celeste

                    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.

                    1. re: hazelhurst

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

          2. 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. 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.)