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Domenica

This is another understated, or perhaps, under appreciated, Italian place. We enjoyed a pizza (admittedly under-ordered cuisine) and the pork ragu. Both were excellant.

We did not wander far on this limited menu, but were very pleased with the depth of flavors. Best of all, got out for $40, to make up for yeaterday's sins.

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  1. Underappreciated by whom? It gets lots of press, has legions of fans, and the pizza is so popular, the owners are opening Pizza Domenica at 4933 Magazine St. http://www.bestofneworleans.com/gambi...

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    1. re: Hungry Celeste

      I'm going for lunch today! What's your favorite pizza? I've been a dozen times, I just want to hear what other people like.

      1. re: uptownlibrarian

        Spicy lamb meatball, followed by the margherita w/arugula added. The duck w/sweet potato is oh so tasty, as is the white anchovy pie.

        1. re: Hungry Celeste

          Meatball and white anchovy are my favorites. I've never tried the clam, I'm thinking about that for today.

        2. re: uptownlibrarian

          The husband craves the Calabrese.

          1. re: FoodChic

            Ah, I forgot about the Calabrese. I love the capers. When I make pizza at home, it's usually with calabrese salami and capers.

          2. re: uptownlibrarian

            I've never had pizza there just regular menu dishes. They are too big for one, I can never get anyone else to agree on spliting one, and we've always been staying at the Roosevelt so there is no place for leftovers.

            i guess we could get a take-out pizza when we check out and head home.

            Daughter lives close enough so that they use Dominica as their local pizza take-out place.

        3. Wild mushroom is my favorite.

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          1. re: BayouTeche

            Ooh I've never had that one. It might be in the running if I can get my mind off clams and anchovies. I'll report back.

          2. We ended up having four pizzas: Spicy lamb meatball, pizza Enzo, wild mushroom, and prosciutto. All were great, and different enough that it didn't feel repetitive. The restaurant was buzzing with people celebrating and people in town for the game (including Joe Montana, who my friend ran into in the hallway), and the Roosevelt was beautifully decorated as always. Fun afternoon!

            1. Had lunch at Domenica on this past Thursday. First time I was ever wowed by the food. I had the Buratta cheese drizzled with olive oil and herbs served in a bowl with a sesame buttermilk biscuit, Maine lobster & wood roasted tomatoes. It was out of this world!

              We started off with Old Fashions in the Sazerac bar, great drinks, beautiful decorations in the lobby and a great lunch.

              1. We will have to give Domenica a second chance, as it didn't wow us. Maybe after so much hype our expectations were too high. We liked the rabbit-porcini tagliatelle, but the one pizza we tried was inedibly salty--I think it was the "bacon." I realize there is much more on the menu, and our experience sure doesn't seem to be common.

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                1. re: LorenzoGA

                  Oh, give it another try. While I've never been disappointed (and we eat there a lot), some friends once said their pizza was awful. But that was once: they'd been before and have been since; the bad pizza was an anomaly.

                2. I went just before Christmas. The ciabatta with hedgehog mushrooms left me dazed, it was so delicious. For a few months last year when chanterelles were available (the chanterelle pizza was fantastic), I went several times just to order the divinely simple and simply divine spaghetti with chanterelles and butter.

                  I'm also a great fan of the clam pizza and the arugula-prosciutto pizza. And the chicken liver crostini.

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                  1. re: nomadchowwoman

                    Does anyone remember the polenta and meatballs that was on the menu when Domenica first opened? It had one of the best red sauces I've ever had. It was heaven with a glass of hearty red.

                    I always hope to see it on the menu again.

                    1. re: FoodChic

                      Yes. Polenta and meatball were so good. As were the squash blossoms although they were not good at all the last time I had them.

                      1. re: FoodChic

                        Yes, those meatballs were fantastic. And agree w/SF on the squash blossoms, which seem to be on the menu whenever they're in season. Luckily, I never had any that weren't delicious.

                    2. The HH is arguably the best in the city. While the pizza is very good, many overlook the rest of the outstanding offerings to eat on the cheap (not that there's anything wrong with that). Try ordering a variety of small plates, HH special bites, split an entree (pork chop Milanese is terrific). Anyone not exploring the rest of the menu is doing themselves and Domenica a disservice. Likely a better meal than most of the splurge meals planned.