3 Fleur
Average check per person $15-$25
BreakfastNo Breakfast SundayNo Breakfast MondayNo Breakfast TuesdayNo Breakfast WednesdayNo Breakfast ThursdayNo Breakfast FridayNo Breakfast Saturday
LunchNo Lunch SundayLunch MondayLunch TuesdayLunch WednesdayLunch ThursdayLunch FridayNo Lunch Saturday
DinnerNo Dinner SundayDinner MondayDinner TuesdayDinner WednesdayDinner ThursdayDinner FridayDinner Saturday

Fausto’s

Metairie 2: Orleans Line To Houma Blvd: 530 Veterans Blvd. 504-833-7121. Map.
Casual.
AE DC DS MC V
Website

ANECDOTES AND ANALYSIS
There are times when one must have this kind of Italian food. The smooth, sweet red sauces on pastas in many configurations are comforting. The rest of the menu is even better, such that you can start with the idea of eating like a child, but upgrade once your brain re-engages with your palate.

WHY IT’S NOTEWORTHY
Here is the finest current example of the Sicilian-inspired, New Orleans-style Italian menu, executed by a pair of brothers who, with other members of their family, have run such restaurants around town for decades. If there’s a dish you recall from an Italian restaurant a long time ago, Fausto’s probably still prepares it at least as well as the version in your head. Casual, unpretentious, inexpensive, Fausto’s outperforms expectations.

WHAT’S GOOD Everything here rings the bell of familiarity. Lots of pasta, veal and chicken, abetted with generous flows of smooth, herbal red sauces, garlic, olive oil, and mozzarella cheese. The prices belie the portions, most of which bring more food than you really ought to be eating. The seafood side of the menu is unusually strong, and makes the most of shrimp in particular.

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BACKSTORY
Brothers Fausto and Roland di Pietro and their family have run many Creole-Italian restaurants over the years, going back to Renata’s in the 1970s. This one opened in 1990, and collected a big following with its early-evening dinners and very ample portions. They have a family connection with Irene’s.

DINING ROOM
The look is that of the neighborhood Italian cafe, with an striking mural depicting scenes from all over Italy. A loyal clientele keeps the small, crowded dining rooms busy at lunch and in the early evening. Later, things tone down, and the little bar may be busier than the dining room.

FULL ONLINE MENU

Lasagna.

Lasagna.

BEST DISHES, DESCRIBED
Starters
Eggplant carrozza (mozzarella, marinara)
Calamari fritti (fried, garlic butter, marinara)
Stuffed mushrooms
Arancini (rice balls stuffed with beef, peas, mozzarella) minestrone
Caesar salad
Mozzarella and tomato caprese salad
Greek salad
Sicilian salad (with olives)

Arancino.

Arancino.

Eentrees
Frutti di mare (shrimp, crab claws, mussels, calamari, oysters and fish with garlic and seafood stock reduction)
Veal scaloppine Rolando (artichokes and mushrooms)
Panneed chicken breast, lemon caper sauce
Vitello Vittorio (crabmeat, garlic, olive oil)
Fresh Gulf fish Vittorio
Lasagna
Manicotti (pasta tubes stuffed with ricotta, marinara)
Veal saltimbocca (mushrooms, prosciutto, mozzarella)
Chicken or veal Sorrentino (eggplant and mozzarella)
Fettuccine carciofo (shrimp, artichoke, olives)
Grilled shrimp Luigi
Shrimp Calabrese (broccoli, garlic, olive oil)
Rigatoni Nocerina (scallops, shrimp, sun-dried tomatoes)
Pesce Siciliana (lemon herb sauce, shrimp, capers)
Pesce amandine
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Desserts
»Tiramisu
Lemon ice
Italian ice creams

Parmesan-crusted redfish.

Parmesan-crusted redfish.

FOR BEST RESULTS
Avoid the early evening hours, when the inexpensive specials draw a big crowd and the cooking is a shade less careful.

OPPORTUNITIES FOR IMPROVEMENT
The tables are a shade to close to one another. Entree portions are unfinishable. The wine list could be more varied.

FACTORS OTHER THAN FOOD
Up to three points, positive or negative, for these characteristics. Absence of points denotes average performance in the matter.

  • Dining Environment
  • Consistency +2
  • Service+1
  • Value +2
  • Attitude +1
  • Wine & Bar
  • Hipness
  • Local Color +1

 

SPECIAL ATTRIBUTES

  • Romantic
  • Early-evening specials
  • Open Monday lunch and dinner
  • Unusually large servings
  • Quick, good meal
  • Good for children
  • Easy, nearby parking
  • Reservations accepted

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  1. Clyde on December 12, 2014

    Noticed the parm. crusted redfish @ Fausto’s and looks good. At what restaurant is the redfish w/pecans mentioned in the subject?
    Thanks,

    • Tom Fitzmorris on December 18, 2014

      It’s redfish with pecans from N’Tini’s. It ran as a special, as reported in the Dining Diary.

      Tastefully yours,
      Tom Fitzmorris

  2. Phil Doolen on December 13, 2014

    Since this is one of my favorite restaurants, I offer the following comments. First, in the first paragraph of this review, you describe the red sauce as being ‘sweet’. Not so. At least not in comparison to such places as Venezia, Tony Angello’s or Peppermill and others. Having been to Italy many times. Fausto’s red sauce compares favorably. In the appetizer category, the escargot is absolutely delicious! Also, as I’ve commented before, I fail to see how you can give Impastato’s four beans and Fausto’s three. In my view, no comparison. And, finally, bring on the large portions. I never leave anything, but my wife always brings something home to be enjoyed later. I am not in the ‘smaller is better’ category.
    Keep up the good work. I love your reporting style.

    • Tom Fitzmorris on December 15, 2014

      All of your puzzlement can be explained by noting the fact that you and I are not the same person.

      Tastefully yours,
      Tom Fitzmorris

      • Jeff on January 24, 2017

        I have to agree, I don’t think that large food portions should ever be in a negative category such as “opportunities for improvement.” In fact, it’s quite the opposite.

  3. diane on April 6, 2018

    after staying away from Fausto’s for several years we choose to o back because of your raving reviews.
    We will not be returning anytime soon.
    We have had better Italian salads in many restaurants. My husband did enjoy the Italian sausage with pepper.
    I had the fish Sicilian, nothing to rave about, very mediocre. The accompaning pasta bordelaise was tasteless….no seasoning.

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