Avo is a regional Italian restaurant from New Orleans-born chef, Nick Lama, a third-generation Sicilian. “Avo” is an Italian word that translates as “grandfather” or “ancestor“. The name is both deliberate and meaningful. Chef Nick grew up watching his mother and grandmother prepare recipes from the family’s home country. And as a child, he accompanied his father and grandfather to work at St. Roch Market, the historic seafood market his family owned and operated in the Ninth Ward. Both experiences inspired him to open Avo.

Chef Nick has competed on Bravo’s Top Chef Masters series, “Battle of the Sous Chefs“, Top Chef New Orleans series,”Padma’s Picks” and won Gambit’s Emerging Chefs Challenge in 2013.  Most recently, he appeared on The Today Show with Hoda & Kathie Lee. Avo has won numerous awards in the short time it’s been open, including Italian Restaurant of the Year from New Orleans Magazine.

Private Dining

Our dining room is the perfect backdrop for any get-together. From a formal rehearsal dinner to a casual lunch, we can accommodate just about any request. For more information about a private lunch, dinner or group event at Avo, please email info@restaurantavo.com or call 504.509.6550.


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Treasured St. Joseph Day fig cookie recipe from Avo chef Nick Lama

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Review: The New Orleans Advocate

Avo is an ambitious, modern Italian restaurant that feels authentic and personal and at the top of its game.

The Today Show with Hoda & Kathie Lee (video)

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