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

For more information about a private dinner or group event at Avo, please email info@restaurantavo.com
or call 504.509.6550.


The Today Show with Hoda & Kathie Lee (video)

Feast of the Seven Fishes: Christmas Eve Recipes Nick Lama, chef and owner of Avo in New Orleans, shares seven simple recipes that anyone can make this holiday and all year long. “My heritage is not only a huge part of who I am as a person, but it has helped shape me as a […]

News From The Kitchens

I first met chef Nick Lama when we were placed in the same group of judges for the New Orleans Po Boy Festival last November. At the time, he was the chef de cuisine at Gautreau’s, one of my favorite restaurants in the city. Chef Lama recently opened his own restaurant, Avo, at 5908 Magazine […]

The 10 Best New Restaurant Openings in New Orleans

We were sad to see Martinique Bistro close its doors on Magazine, but happy that Nick Lama, a NOLA native and fourth-generation Sicilian, decided to open a gorgeous new Italian spot in its place. The initial menu isn’t huge, but it doesn’t have to be. We trust Lama with everything from his grilled artichokes to […]

From deep roots, chef branches out

Sicilian heritage and New Orleans cooking are so closely entwined that in some settings they’re practically one, and Nick Lama’s family roots reach deep into this tradition. But for his own first restaurant, Avo (5908 Magazine St., 504-509-6550; restaurantavo.com), the young chef is working from a different intersection than the familiar Creole-Italian. “My idea here […]

Chef Nick Lama talks about Avo, his new restaurant (video)

If you know Nick Lama, it’s probably for the young chef’s cooking at Gautreau’s, where he was Sue Zemanick’s chef de cuisine. The Lama name, however, has a long history in New Orleans. The Lamas held the lease on St. Roch Market until Katrina. They ran seafood restaurants around the area. In the video above, […]

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AVO (166444), New Orleans / Louisiana Reservations

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