Awards & Recognition


Sal & Judy’s New Orleans Sicilian Red Gravy, was unanimously voted #1, after a half-dozen New Orleans area chefs tasted  (Blind Taste Test) 11 Louisiana-made jarred pasta sauces on March 8, 2018. Judges said it tasted the freshest and had the best balance of tomato to spice.

Chefs/Judges: Nonna Randazzo’s Italian Bakery, Avo, Vincent’s Italian Cuisine (formerly Compagno’s), Gio’s Villa Vancheri, Meribo, and Del Porto Ristorante


“The Healthiest Louisiana-made Jarred Pasta Sauce”

Molly | The

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Top-Rated Restaurant in New Orleans

Sal & Judy’s ~ One of Zagat’s 13 Top-Rated Restaurants in New Orleans

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Go hungry advise those acquainted with this veteran Lacombe eatery, where chef-owner Sal Impastato serves up huge portions of scrumptious Italian food with a Creole twistalongside pours from a great wine list; although it’s a bit of a hike to get there (the “only drawback”), the special experience” is “worth the drive” – just make sure you bring a pickup truck for the leftovers.”

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“Best Italian Restaurant in New Orleans”

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Customer Reviews

 “This was my first time at Sal & Judy’s. Actually some of the best Italian I’ve had. The crab claws for my favorite. Very different than any I’ve ever had but absolutely spectacular!”


“While traveling we came upon this restaurant accidentally and decided to try it. What a great accident! I had the best Caesar Salad I’ve ever had anywhere. The dressing was so delicious I was tempted to get another! The remainder of the meal did not disappoint us. If we lived down there, we would be regulars!” Newark, DE


“Best food ever. Not one thing they sell is not delightful. N the prices r really GREAT.. Love LOVE this place.”


Everybit as wonderful as the stories you read in the magazines. We drove down from Tennessee for the experience. From the Staff to the Food?, even the restaurant itself an wonderful experience.

Judy C.Google ReviewGoogle Review

Drooling as I write this… Unpretentious place, comfortable setting. Enjoy fabulous food, friendly service and wonderful wine selection. Great place to celebrate any occasion. For 25+ years we have enjoyed this establishment. Get a reservation.. soon!”


“Superior meal, unrivaled service, Excellent experience!. The only thing better than the overflowing plates of fresh seafood, authentic Italian and creole inspired dishes is the service that you cannot find anywhere else. After dining at some of the finest restaurants in New Orleans, I can honestly say that Sal and Judy’s has the most attentive and gracious wait staff among any of the most exclusive restaurants. The signature “Nicholas sauce” is my favorite and can top any dish, though the redfish will always be the best in my opinion. Excellent wine and dessert selection, as well. However, to me, service can make or break a dining experience. Unrivaled service from a professional wait staff who have been there for many years is to be expected on every visit. I am consistently impressed by every dining experience at Sal and Judy’s. They pay attention to detail in every aspect. Make sure to make a reservation!”



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