New N.O. restaurant has a different read on Sicilian flavors and a different approach to wine

Aug 17, 2014 661

by Ian McNulty

A visit to the new Marcello's Restaurant & Wine Bar in New Orleans' CBD can pack in a lot impressions before the food even arrives. The space was, for many years, Le Chat Noir cabaret, and despite its conversion into an upscale restaurant, it may still stir memories of the stage for local theater patrons.

Then there's the approach to the wine program. You browse retail racks arrayed around the room and tote a bottle back to the table yourself, bringing to mind a wine shop more than a wine bar.

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