Piccola Gelateria (4525 Freret St., 954-618-8141), a gelato-focused cafe, is now open. Owners Ria and Ross Turnbull began a soft opening Nov. 17 and host a grand opening celebration from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. tonight (Dec. 2).
The cafe specializes in Italian coffee drinks and gelato, with 18 house-made flavors, many of which will change seasonally. Ross Turnbull makes the small-batch gelato in-house daily. There are traditional flavors such as vanilla, chocolate and Nutella and daily creations from a rotating list, including pomegranate sorbet, pistachio, sea-salted caramel, lemon mint, tiramisu and nougat.
The opening menu also includes snacks, such as Italian piadina, or flatbreads topped with savory items including prosciutto, stracchino cheese, arugula and tomatoes. A breakfast version features eggs, rosemary ham, stracchino, tomatoes and arugula. The owners plan to add sweet and savory crepes to the menu.
Piccola Gelateria is open from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. Sunday and Tuesday through Thursday and 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Friday and Saturday. For more information, visit the cafe’s Facebook page here.
• Mid-City comfort food favorite Neyow’s Creole Cafe (3332 Bienville St., 504-827-5474) moved to a new building around the corner from its former location. The much larger spot features new amenities including a long bar, floor-to-ceiling windows overlooking Bienville Street and a patio. Much of the Creole-Southern comfort food menu remains the same, but additions include barbecued shrimp and desserts, such as mini praline cakes.
The restaurant is open for lunch and dinner Monday through Saturday.
• Legacy Kitchen’s Steak + Chop (91 West Bank Expressway, 504-513-2606) opened Nov. 28 in Gretna. The steakhouse comes from the Good Company Food Group, which also owns the New Orleans Hamburger & Seafood Co. restaurants.
The restaurant’s menu features a pecan-crusted filet, a "lobster chop" appetizer and turtle soup.
The group’s expanding restaurant portfolio includes Legacy Kitchen locations on Tchoupitoulas Street and Veterans Memorial Boulevard in Metairie, and a soon to open new concept, Oyster Counter + Tap Room and a New Orleans Coffee & Beignets, both inside the Renaissance New Orleans Pere Marquette Hotel.
Legacy Kitchen’s Steak + Chop is open for lunch and dinner daily. For more information, visit the company’s website here.
• Cafe Anglais, a cafe inside the Windsor Court Hotel (300 Gravier St., 504-523-6000), is now open. The new cafe is part of a recent $22 million dollar renovation at the luxury hotel, which also includes a new lobby cocktail bar and a spa.
The grab-and-go cafe serves French Truck Coffee and light fare and snacks, including a Mediterranean salad with lemon and dill, a quinoa salad with citrus vinaigrette, a chicken salad pita, a prime rib focaccia sandwich and a ham and Swiss cheese croissant. Confections and desserts from hotel pastry chef Shun Li include muffins, Danish pastries, a chocolate pot de creme, yuzu tarts and vanilla panna cotta, among others.
In addition to locally made soft drinks (Fest Cola, Big Easy Bucha) the cafe serves beer and screw-top half-bottles of wine.
Cafe Anglais is open 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. Sunday through Thursday and 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. Friday to Saturday.