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I was in NO from Aug. of 2001-Aug of 2002. I ate at place and I'm trying to remember the name. It was in the French Quarter, near the river (over by the market, I think). It was a old, low-key italian place. I think it was associated or linked with a place famous for its fried chicken (not a chain).

Anyway, I had GREAT oysters on spaghetti there. So much garlic my wife asked where on Earth I had been as I walked into the house (she was about 20 feet away). I also had an unironically named "WOP salad".

Where the heck did I eat?? Is it still there?

Thanks in advance.

(All I remember about the decor was I felt like i was in someone's basement in Maine: the decor dark, wood-ish, and included a lamp with a ship's captain in a S'wester steering a ships wheel. Really)

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  1. Fiorellas?

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    Fiorella's Cafe
    1136 Decatur St, New Orleans, LA 70116

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    1. re: nola79

      YES!! I think it was Fiorellas! Thanks so much...

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      Fiorella's Cafe
      1136 Decatur St, New Orleans, LA 70116

    2. That oysters on spaghetti sounds great! In my opinion, there's no such thing as too much garlic.

      Hope someone can help you ID the restaurant. It's not Fiorella's, since neither WOP Salad nor oyster pasta are on the menu.

      Speaking of which, I'm so happy to hear that a few Italian restaurateurs are still serving WOP Salad in defiance of the deadly PC police (WS is still on the menu at Rocky & Carlo's, too). A New Orleans-Italian creation, it was standard on local Italian menus for at least 75 years. Then, 25 or so years ago, tourists started complaining, and now WOP Salad has been replaced by "Italian Salad" in most restaurants.

      An article: http://www.nola.com/dining/t-p/index....

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      Rocky & Carlo Restaurant & Bar
      613 W Saint Bernard Hwy, Chalmette, LA 70043

      Fiorella's Cafe
      1136 Decatur St, New Orleans, LA 70116

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      1. re: BrooksNYC

        Yeah, O on S was really good. I'm gong back to visit NO in June and wanted to go, and could not remember the name. But Nola79 nailed it.

        Maybe the menu changed--it was 8-9 yrs and a hurricane ago that I ate there. But I do think it was Fiorella's I went to.

        The only other time in NO (or anywhere else) that I had that much garlic was at Lola's
        http://www.yelp.com/biz/lolas-new-orl...
        I have no idea how much garlic that place goes through everyday, but it must be a ton.
        D

      2. Was it Tony Moran's or Carmelo's?

        1. I called Fiorella's and, alas, they no longer serve oysters on spaghetti.
          D

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          Fiorella's Cafe
          1136 Decatur St, New Orleans, LA 70116

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          1. re: Dave Westerberg

            Aw, bad luck! I came across Fiorella's menu yesterday (can't find it today), and while they no longer serve oysters on spaghetti, they do serve linguine with clams.

            That being said, I'd go elsewhere. Fiorella's, which used to have a pretty solid reputation, has gotten dicey reviews the last few years. If you're in the mood for Italian, you might try Eleven 79 (slightly uptown of the Warehouse District), or Irene's Cuisine (French Quarter — reserve a table in the front room).

            Fun, quirky, and more casual than either of the above is Adolfo's (on Frenchman Street in Marigny, upstairs from the Apple Barrel Bar. The room is tiny, so make a reservation. NO CREDIT CARDS, but there's an ATM on the premises.) The Oysters Pernod appetizer is a knockout. The wines are a weak point, but you can BYOB for a modest corkage fee.

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            Irene's Cuisine
            539 Saint Philip St, New Orleans, LA 70116

            Apple Barrel Bar
            609 Frenchmen St, New Orleans, LA 70116

            Fiorella's Cafe
            1136 Decatur St, New Orleans, LA 70116

            1. re: BrooksNYC

              Thanks so much! I think Adolfos sounds terrific. I'll definitely go if I can get a table. When we lived there--just for a year--, we tried lots of restaurants. I LOVED Irene's. I asked the waiter if the duck (Duck Philip I think) was good and he said "I've had it at least once every week for 17 years." It was great.

              Thanks again.
              d