Little Vic’s

Name of Restaurant: Little Vic’s Gelataria
Location: 1912 Magazine Street, New Orleans, LA 70130

Cuisine: Paninis and Gelato
Date: 11/27/2010
Time: 7:30 pm

What we ordered:
1. Panino Al Tacchino
2. Caprese
3. Stromboli
4. Macchiato
5. A scoop each of Pistachio, Peach-Mango and Coconut Gelatos.

We paid:
$33 or so

Rating:
1. Ambience: 9/10
2. Service: 9/10
3. Food: 9/10

Notes:
1. We were starved after we got back from the swamp tour. We saw Little Vic’s on our way to the hostel and decided to get a snack and some coffee. It was a pleasant surprise. The cute coffee tables. The awesome looking menu on the blackboard. And the made from scratch, fresh-as-ever paninis. Did I mention a free gelato with ever panini? Ummm… Ok… I’d never pay $9 for a panini, but this stuff was just sooooo good. That and the free gelato. Also, the store is owned by Italians, who still run the place, the dude and a lady (who looked like his mum) and they were super-friendly. He seemed to make the paninis with such care and so much love. Sigh! The man also told us that our pick for the gelatos was commendable. Yay!
2. The Panino Al Tacchino was turkey, avocado, mozzarella, tomatoes, lettuce and pesto. Warm and delicious. I like how, sometimes, basic food can taste so wonderful.
3. Z and I weren’t too hungry and I’d thought the coffee would be enough. The coffee and a couple of bites from Z’s panini. Clearly, I was wrong. Because it was all SOOO yum! The Caprese was simple, plain: tomatoes and lettuce, some basil and balsamic vinegar and mozza.
4. The food came with a side, soup or pasta. They had an awesome mushroom brie which G got with his Al Tacchino. Then they ran out. So we got the salad. It was a tad too sour for my liking, Z’s even. But G was more than happy to finish it off.
5. Still hungry after the Caprese, Z and I ordered a Stromboli Panini. He’s vegetarian. We asked the man making the sandwich to sub the grilled chicken with avocados or any other veggies he might have. Grilled red and green peppers, feta cheese, sun dried tomatoes, pesto, lettuce. There’s really nothing else I might need on a sandwich, you know.
6. The bread was made at the store, you could clearly tell. It was extremely fresh, just a little bit of crunch and a sprinkle of salt on the outside… soft, warm and tasty on the inside. And then the stuffing. Nothing short of an orgasm, I tell you. Or maybe we were all just starved out of our intestines and a visit to Little Vic’s on a less hungry day might have resulted in a 6/10 for the food. But I doubt that.
7. The coffee was good. Too hot. But then yes, it gets cold. And one enjoys it.
8. The coconut gelato took me back to Naturals. The mango-peach was surprisingly really yum. The pistachio, I didn’t bother tasting. We went back to the hostel, happy and full and pretty much set for the drunken revelries that the night had in store (or so we thought).

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