• Rolled pastry with salad on the side:
  • Cocktail in tall glass
  • Restaurant interior, tables ready for guests

The Italian Barrel

About us

The Italian Barrel features fine Northern Italian cuisine from award-winning chef Samantha Castagnetti. Whether you’re coming or going, at home or traveling, everyone loves to come together for an authentic Italian meal and bottle of wine, while nestled in our cozy corner of the beloved New Orleans French Quarter.


The Italian Barrel prides itself on serving elevated Northern Italian cuisine out of the comforts of a cozy corner in the world-famous Vieux Carre. A meal at the award-winning Italian Barrel is not just a lunch or a dinner, it’s an experience that cannot be replicated anywhere else.

Verona, Italy-born and raised Owner & Chef Samantha Castagnetti creates flavorful, authentic dishes that she grew up eating in Italy, and now cooking masterfully in the French Quarter of New Orleans. Chef Samantha believes in serving only the finest, freshest, highest quality food she can find, whether that’s sourced locally or across the globe. At The Italian Barrel, we believe that the best dishes can only come from the best ingredients. Stop by and enjoy classic Italian cuisine as you’ve never had before. Join us!