Nuvolari’s is a warm and inviting Italian restaurant, nestled on the Northshore of New Orleans in Old Mandeville. For over 33 years, loyal customers have enjoyed Italian food, friendship and celebrations around our tables. Nuvolari’s menu features traditional Italian fare alongside creative fresh dishes. Dining options include intimate indoor seating with a relaxed exterior patio. Live music on Wednesdays and seasonal wine events keep things exciting. Our wine list is appreciated by both connoisseurs and newcomers, with a diverse selection by the glass and bottle.
Open Table consistently recognizes Nuvolari’s with Most Romantic and Neighborhood Gem awards. New Orleans food critic Tom Fitzmorris gives it four stars. Nuvolari’s– an unhurried culinary experience, just two blocks from Lake Ponchartrain.
History of Nuvolari’s
In January of 1983, restaurant owners Rick Calucci and Paul Murphy along with Mandeville native Wally Simmons, envisioned a New York style Italian restaurant in Old Mandeville. The historic building that once housed the Prieto Dry Goods store was loving renovated. The unique New Orleans-style structure outside was kept intact, while the interior was crafted to create a rich restaurant experience.
Rich hues of wood and soft lighting create an aura of comfortable sophistication. A cozy dining nook is on the right and the full main dining room expands on your left. The main room has staggered levels that allows for a full dining room that doesn’t feel crowded. Beyond the foyer lies a large hand-crafted mahogany bar – perfect for starting the evening or ending a night.
Our namesake - Tazio Nuvolari
Nuvolari’s Ristorante is named for Tazio Nuvolari, a daring race car driver from Italy. His style and spirit represented the attitude that the owners sought to capture in Nuvolari’s Ristorante. Culinary sophistication that started with the first chef, Tim Eihausen, continues today with Chef Tony Hustad. Nuvolari’s is a favorite dining destination for New Orleans residents, as well as repeat local patronage.