500BestSquareFried Calamari @ Sandro’s Trattoria

Fried squid used to be common in Italian restaurants, and frequently found in other kinds of restaurants. No matter where you found it, it was almost always good. Something has happened since those days, and fried calamari of note has become rare. What’s I’m looking for are small, tender Gulf squid, fried lightly and served greaselessly. The greatest of all time were at the now-extinct La Riviera,. Since its demise, Sandro’s Trattoria serves the best. It may also be the best dish in this small, popular Italian cafe, in a strip mall near the interchange of Veterans and I-10.


Sandro’s Trattoria. Metairie: 6601 Veterans Blvd. 504-888-7784.

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