500BestSquareOysters Irene @ Irene’s Cuisine

The simple, lusty, distinctive style of Irene’s cooking is epitomized by this dish. The oyster is broiled on its shell with a scattering of roasted red peppers, pancetta (the unsmoked, lean Italian bacon), lemon juice, and a sprinkling of Romano cheese. It emerges from the oven with an incomparable aroma, the pancetta crisped at the edges and the cheese lightly browned and crusty. It’s entirely different from the thick, smooth sauces found on most baked oyster dishes, and as delicious as any of them.

Irene’s Cuisine. French Quarter: 539 St. Philip. 504-529-8811.

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