Nonna Mia (#295, 4/5/14) – 72
With my new Mid-City neighborhood, I have opened up a whole new region of restaurants. My first stop since the move was at Nonna Mia Cafe on Esplanade Ave. It’s walking distance to my house and seemed like a good stop for a late Sunday lunch. And we were right about that!
The food was excellent, though perhaps a little pricey for a casual Sunday – need to keep in mind that they have small plate options for many of the meals. They have a wide-range of foods: pasta, salads, paninis, pizza, calzones, etc. So probably by avoiding the more expensive items on the menu, I could have avoided the meal being a little pricey. Regardless, I went for the tortellini, which was outstanding. And it looked very cool, fun mardi-gras style. Also saw a salad, the lobster ravioli and a huge chicken sandwich. All were well reviewed by my group. For food, I’ll give it a 37 out of 50. High score!
The atmosphere was also good. I didn’t explore the inside seating much, but they have a great outdoor patio which we enjoyed a lot. I’ll give it a 22 out of 30 for atmosphere.
The service was decent, though it featured a common theme of New Orleans restaurants, the waitress may have been lost for a bit. So we waited awhile for the check, but no big deal. The food came out reasonably fast and no issue with drink refills. I’ll give it a 13 out of 20 for service.
Final score = 72. Nicely done.