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Fantastic Italian - Leonardo's Trattoria

ladymako | Jun 3, 2008 10:03 AM

Hi! Long time lurker, first time poster here. I had a fantastic meal last night and really wanted to share this gem of a restrant with all of you.

It located at 709 St. Charles (right next door to Herbsaint). Dispite its location, I think its fairly unknown. Its a small intimate place with brick walls and a large bar. They have a medium sized wine list, all handpicked. Traditional italian food, pastas, veal and chicken, with some seafood. While not a fancy place, it has a homey feel, with large flat sceens on all the wall playing classic italian mafia movies with the sound off (I spotted Goodfellas, The Godfather: Part II, Raging Bull, the Soparanos, and Ocean's 11 when I went). Service was excellent and very friendly.

The food was FANTASTIC!! When I need my traditional italian fix I usually go to Vincent's, but this place blows Vincent's out of the water by a long shot. I went with two other diners and we each got something different and we all were raving about the food. (one of us even got another dish to go to enjoy later!) We got to meet the chef afterwards who seemed flattered by the attention and told us that he focused on classic, simple italian tastes, none of the italian fushion which he finds so much of in this city. Prices were pretty much in line with what we expected, about $100 for four entrees and a mid-priced bottle of wine.

Anyway, bottom line is that this place is incredible and really worth a visit to statisfy your italian craving. I am self-interested because I don't want to see this place shut down for lack of business! I would be interested in knowing what y'all think of the place, if any of you have been there.

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