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2900 Chartres St. (Press St.) Send to Phone
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Classic Italian cuisine comes to the Bywater neighborhood with Mariza.
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Mariza Restaurant Review

: The Bywater neighborhood has been slowly evolving into a destination for homeowners and businesses for the past decade. Mariza fits in nicely with the artsy vibe in the area, offering classic Italian dishes in a fully retrofitted nineteenth-century building that also houses the Rice Mill lofts. The restaurant is the brainchild of chef Ian Schnoebelen and maître d’ Laurie Casebonne, who also own a restaurant in the Bienville House hotel in the French Quarter. Schnoebelen's menu at Mariza doesn’t pretend to be innovative, but rather stays true to its authentic Italian intentions. That ideal is apparent in the well-seasoned, fall-off-the-fork pork tenderloin, as well as with the finely textured gnocchi. A raw bar and house-cured meats extend the concept. The wine list is heavy on Italian small-producer offerings and some welcome dessert selections. Finish with the panna cotta, of course, although that chocolate terrine you see on the next table may vie for your affections. Exposed brick walls and oversize art round out the intimate urban atmosphere.

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