500BestSquareZuppa Filippa @ Ristorante Filippo

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The house soup in this well-hidden and excellent Italian trattoria in Metairie is named for chef-owner Phil Gagliano’s mother. So it had better be good, and it is. So good, in fact, that you may well be tempted to have a second helping if you ordered a cup of it. A bowl, as a light lunch entree or as the start of a big dinner, is not a bad idea. It’s a fish soup made with big pieces of fresh local crabmeat, shrimp, and oysters, in a lusty fish broth with a little cream and just enough red pepper and herbs to create complexity without getting in the way of the seafood.

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

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