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Sal & Judy's Restaurant Review: Few restaurants would brag that their menu hasn’t changed much since 1974, but at Sal & Judy’s, that’s just the way its many loyal customers like it. Chef Sal Impastato arrived in America in 1960, and began stirring his 15-gallon pots of real Sicilian fare. This casual, homey place is across Lake Pontchartrain, about a 40-minute drive from New Orleans, and specializes in Creole-Italian cooking with Impastato’s solid Sicilian foundations. Trout Belle meunière is stuffed with seasoned bread crumbs, and the whole artichoke is heartwarmingly good. The most popular dessert is simplicity itself: Baci (kisses in Italian), a layering of vanilla ice cream, roasted almonds, a dash of Amaretto and whipped cream. The wide-ranging wine list hits many corners of the globe, including, of course, Italy. Check out the Saracco Moscato for dessert or as an apéritif. Prices are low, portions are huge and service is country-style friendly.