Domenica, which means “Sunday” in Italian is another John Besh restaurant and is the perfect place for a casual meal and an alternative to the local Cajun and Creole food. High ceilings and communal tables evoke a traditional Sunday supper in a rustic Italian village.

Located in the renovated and historic Roosevelt Hotel, the friendly bar is a lively after work spot and a draw for locals working downtown. Custom brewed beers, an Italian oriented wine list and delicious pizzas and other small plates make it ideal for a quick bite or a light dinner.

Pizza headlines the menu and it is delicious. 17 varieties include traditional margarita, but also spicy lamb meatballs with tomato, ricotta, rapini and mint; wild mushroom with tomato, fontina, bacon, sweet onions and yard egg and duck with porcini, mascarpone, sweet potato and scallions. There is a nice selection of imported and house cured meats, excellent soft and hard cheeses, a nice antipasti selection and nine pasta choices offered in small and large plates. The garganelli with Maine lobster, tomato, burrata and bread crumbs was fantastic. There are a few entrees like wild snapper and wood oven goat and some great desserts like oven roasted peach cake with Louisiana blueberries and salted caramel.


Housed in the CBD’s “beautiful” Roosevelt Hotel, John Besh’s “casual, cosmopolitan” Italian eatery features “heavenly good”, wood-fired pizzas (toppings range from “simple and delectable” to “foodie fabulous”), plus “house-cured meats and sausages” and other “contemporary Italian” dishes, all crafted by “talented” chef Alon Shaya and served by a “well-trained” team; the chic, “high-energy” establishment is “always packed” and “can get a bit loud”, especially during the “can’t-be-beat” happy hour, but “that’s part of the charm.” ZAGAT