Oak Oven Restaurant

Oak Oven is a neighborhood restaurant with high standards, and no pretense. Set in an old Popeye’s, it is — in our opinion — the epitome of what local dining could be. Food is well made, sustainably sourced, and locally grown. • 6625 Jefferson Hwy, Harahan, LA 70123

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Go for: Wood fired, Italian cuisine in a casual dining room

When Oak Oven Restaurant opened, chef Adam Superneau had a mission, and a vision.

He wanted to bring simple, rustic Italian cuisine to the burbs, and that he did. Oak Oven Café (OK it’s not the name, but I always call it that, because it has that feel) is a small, well apportioned dining room, featuring an excellent menu, and top-notch service.

Oak Oven is the kind of place that’s casual enough for a family meal, and romantic enough as your go to date place.

Come here on a Wednesday night; come here on Friday — it’s just the same. Local folks having a good meal, at fair prices — and it’s one big notch above your standard neighborhood fare.

Like any proper New Orleans’ Italian restaurant, Oak Oven’s menu is influenced by the Sicilian heritage of its founders. Their ancestors began arriving in New Orleans in the 1870’s and melded into the fabric of the Crescent City. Oak Oven’s cooking celebrates this fusion of Sicilian, Italian and New Orleans culture.

Oak Oven features an Italian-made wood burning oven, and the Neapolitan style pies that come from it are among the best in the city. There’s an ambiance here that is created by the dancing flames, the intimate dining room, and the minimalist decor.

Ingredients are fresh, sourcing is quintessential, and the wine list is just right.

Scott McCrossen