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THIS RESTAURANT IS CLOSED La Riviera Restaurant Review: HURRICANE KATRINA: this establishment is currently closed. For a New Orleans Travel Update as well as resources, information and help click here. Butter, cream and tomato sauces flow freely from La Riviera's kitchen. Founding owner Goffredo Fraccaro, the Genoa-born chef whose spirited, pan-Italian menu has long made La Riviera one of the New Orleans area's most popular sources of pasta, veal scaloppini and deftly sautéed seafood, is no longer financially invested in the business; he does, however, still show up a few times a week to coach chef Aldo Marcon. Suburban baroque best describes the look of the several dining rooms, with their fancy wallpapers and gilt-framed paintings of the northern Italian coastline. Tuxedoed waiters dashing around the tables and bar add to the festive air. A signature dish is crab meat ravioli, subtly delicious in their elegant sauce of cream and Parmesan. Its only rival among La Riviera's regulars may be the sauté of jumbo shrimp with wine and hints of paprika and mint. The sauces lavished on the veal piccata and Marsala are classically correct, and this is one restaurant where ordering the excellent spaghetti with meatballs is nothing to be ashamed of.