500BestSquareChicken Spiedini @ Ristorante Filippo

“Spiedini” is more or less the Italian word for “shish kebab.” It isn’t a common dish around New Orleans, but its’ so good one wonders why more places don’t serve it. I myself am wondering why chef-owner Phil Gagliano at this good little Metairie trattoria doesn’t keep it available consistently. It’s on the menu, but it’s out as often as it’s on. When it’s on, however, the thick slices of chicken get wrapped around a stuffing a lot like the one used for Italian-style oysters. It smells like a million lira.


Ristorante Filippo. Metairie: 1917 Ridgelake. 504-835-4008.

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