ON THE LIGHTER SIDE-LIGHTER CHOICES
Marinated Heirloom Tomato Salad ~ 11
Olive, Basil, Sun-dried Tomato and roasted Garlic
(light and savory, the tomato salad boasts flavors of herbaceous basil and succulent garlic alongside zesty lemon)
Goat Cheese and Sweet Pea Tortelli ~ 14
Pork trotter Ragu steamed Goats Milk, citrus crust and mint
(Tortelli- style pasta filled with sweet peas and goat cheese, tossed in a rick pork shank sauce and served with shaved Parmesan and frothy goats milk broth)
Grilled Taleggio Cheese sandwich~ 11
House-made Brioche,with heirloom tomato marmalade , basil
(A delightful and warm melted cheese sandwich accompanied with a sweet tomato spread and raw fresh garlic)
Crispy Fried Panisse~ 13
Roasted garlic and ham hock gastrique, grilled okra, parmesan ,sage
(A crispy on the outside and creamy on the inside chickpea flour cake fried and topped with a decadent reduced ham hock glaze)
Hand made Orecchiette with Spicy Pork Sausage~15
Turnip greens, pickled serrano peppers, fresh ricotta, charred pepper puree
(A spicy pork sausage ragu, highlighted by in-house pickled peppers, envelopes hand rolled orecchiette. The plate is finished with a cooling house-made ricotta cheese and sauteed turnip greens)
Roasted Garlic Spaghetti with Florida Clams ~ 14
Hot suasage, Calabrian Chilies, parsley, spicy shellfish crust
(Local hot sauasgae, combined with Calabrian chiles, tomatoes and briny clams creates a sauce that smothers house made spaghetti infused with roasted garlic and topped with a shellfish crust)
Moroccan Barbeque Chicken~16
Hand Rolled couscous, toasted pumpkin seeds, North African Harissa-spiced glaze, cucumber crema
(Fried dark and white meat chicken confit tossed in house made barbeque sauce with a distinctive North African flavor. Served over couscous with crispy pumpkin seeds and drizzled with cucumber crema)
Pan seared Gulf Fish~17
Muscadine, pecan, mushroom, house made vinegar
(Daily selection of lightly sauteed fish, served with a creamy broth of local muscadines, mushroom reduction and topped with fresh herbs and diced pecans)
PLEASE REMEMBER TO LET THE BARTENDER KNOW OF ANY ALLERGIES.
GLUTEN FREE, VEGETARIAN AND VEGAN OPTIONS ARE AVAILABLE
3835 Tulane Ave., 504-304-4878; treonola.com
People are still surprised to discover Trèo, a sleek den for craft cocktails and contemporary art on a hard-edged stretch of Tulane Avenue. More surprising still is Tana, the independently run kitchen within, which serves some of the city’s most exciting Italian food. It’s the latest from chef Michael Gulotta, who first earned a following for his modern Vietnamese eatery MoPho. Tana’s short menu is remarkable, with the likes of polenta fritters, pork steak interspersed with peaches and blood orange aioli, handmade tortelli bursting with goat cheese and a flank of branzino all turned into artfully composed bar food. In nice weather, the large patio feels like an urban oasis (complete with bocce ball court). Dinner nightly. $$
At MoPho, Michael Gulotta turned his infatuation with Vietnamese cuisine into a modern, chef-led neighborhood restaurant.
Tana’s menu will be based on regional Italian flavors, guided by the time Gulotta spent training in Italy as a younger chef and by his own family heritage.
“I’m from a Sicilian family, but the Sicilian cuisine we have here became heavier,” he said. “In Sicily, it’s lighter, more of a coastal cuisine. I want to go back to that, fresh seafood, well-made pastas and sauces.”
Pastas will be made in house. Tana will serve cheese plates as well. “We want these dishes to be easy to share, something you’re able to dig into, and that pair well with the great cocktails they make there,” Gulotta said.
A New Orleans native, Gulotta runs his restaurant company with his brother Jeff Gulotta and their high school friend Jeffrey Bybee. He said they’d been developing the Tana concept for a while and were looking for the right spot to test it out when the Trèo deal emerged.
Michael Gulotta made his name during a six-year run as chef de cuisine at Restaurant August, the elegant John Besh flagship.
Tana will parallel Trèo’s hours, which are now Tuesday through Thursday, 4-11 p.m., Friday and Saturday, 11:30 a.m.-midnight.
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