Monthly Archives: May 2015

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;, the young chef is working from a different intersection than the familiar Creole-Italian. “My idea here […]

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New Orleans Most Anticipated Spring Openings & Beyond

Sue Zemanick’s former sous/chef du cuisine of Gautreau’s Nick Lama is a fourth-generation Sicilian, whose family owned and operated Lama’s St. Roch Market, ya heard.  His Uptown restaurant will no doubt dazzle with a menu of family recipes made new again—think burrata and grilled peaches, short rib lasagna and more.  Expect a ‘vintage-industrial’ atmosphere in the […]

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