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 Post subject: CRISTIANO'S - (POP UP CLOSED 7/9/2013) 3.5
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Cristiano’s
Monday nights in Café Martinique on Magazine has been transformed into an Italian eatery by an established proprietor, chef and staff from a very successful Houma restaurant by the same name. A special extract of specialty and unusual items from the restaurant’s complete menu of traditional and special Italian dishes has been purposed for New Orleans. Of course, the beautiful ambience of Martinique, both indoors and tented courtyard, are maintained to enhance the dining.
We tried five of the eight appetizers/first courses: Gnocchi with seared tenderloin and salsa verde – a deliciously unusual combo; Brushetta – a slightly elevated version of similar restaurant’s offings; Risotto – a standard for Italian measurement includes spring asparagus, walnuts and citrus ; Saffron fettucine – with grape tomatoes, torn basil and enhanced with jumbo lump crabmeat; Raviolini al tartuffo – black truffles, fontina cream and the jumbo lump crab enhancement – a must have! Did not try the chargrilled oysters, Capasente crudo – Scallops in chili, lime cilantro; nor, Peppardelle con Agnello – with slow roasted lamb ragu and charred peppers.

We did not sample the two salads – Caprese and cesare but opted rather for the soup – avocado freddo, Chilled with light touch of habenero oil
and the jlcrabmeat enhancement to make it sooo creamy.

We passed on the Yukon gold Patatine Fritte to enjoy a great Side of Pecan smoked bacon flavored Brussel Sprouts with house mustard.

Three of the four Entrees were devoured: Osso Bucco – veal shank au jus over saffron pea risotto and beautiful baby carrots; Vitello – Veal scallopine with prosciutto di Parma. Melted fontina, flash fried sage over cauliflower mash – WOW; Anatra – ciabatta crusted Duck breast over charred lemon risotto with arugula. We only skipped the Pesce – seared salmon with cucumber jalapeno slaw infused with mint oil.
Finally, we delighted in the homemade cannoli whose shell was like butta and the cappuccino gelato with blueberries, topped with mint.

Several martini varieties were followed up by a nice selection of whites and reds.
Needles to say, we shared this feast among five diners and left overstuffed!

Link to food and restaurant pics -
http://www.meetup.com/the-new-deal/photos/14896962/

The best about this pop up is it so good that it will convert to a full restaurant.

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 Post subject: Re: CRISTIANO'S - (POP UP in Martinique on Magazine) 3.5
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Bob, do you know anything about the open hours of Christianos in Houma? Saturdays during the mid day hours is usually the only time we are in the area and they aren't open. How about weekdays? My travelling companion now has a few week days off and we'd love to try it.


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 Post subject: Re: CRISTIANO'S - (POP UP in Martinique on Magazine) 3.5
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Cristiano Ristorante
724 High Street
Houma, LA 70360
985.223.1130


Monday through Thursday 11:00am - 10:00pm
Friday 11:00am - 11:00pm
Saturday 5:00pm - 11:00pm
Sunday By Request Only (?)


http://www.cristianoristorante.com

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 Post subject: Re: CRISTIANO'S - (POP UP in Martinique on Magazine) 3.5
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It's Official! The Christiano's owners have purchased Dick & Jennys, but present plan seems to integrate top dishes of the pop up/Houma eatery to the current menu under the guidance of both D&J and Christiano's chefs. There is a chance in the future for Christiano's to become its own full time location.

I will obtain additional details on June 5th when we next meet on TV.

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