Last night, the newest addition to City Market, Battistella's had its soft opening. Chef Brian Battistella's restaurant describes itself as "Classic New Orleans and Upscale Southern Cusine" with an "emphasis on local and Southeastern U.S. grown seafoods, meats and vegetables." Their chalkboard features a "Third-Thursday Three Course" special: Cabbage and Black Eye Pea Soup, Cast Iron Drum with local Eggplant Succotash, and Bread Pudding with white chocolate sauce for $25.
Battistella's is a restaurant that relocated from Crabtree Inn as "Battistella's Cajun Kitchen" and replaced Angelo's, a popular Greek restaurant on the corner of Martin and Blount Streets. With a reputation for seasonal ingredients and a rotating menu, the restaurant had a loyal following.
The restaurant is open Tuesday- Sunday at 5:30pm closing at 11pm on Tuesday and Wednesday and 1am on Friday and Saturday. Battistella's will also be serving a traditional New Orleans brunch on Sundays. Lunch is promised later this year - a smart strategy since this corner location is ripe for lunchtime traffic.