Upon entering Irene’s, a French Quarter based Italian restaurant, three or four well dressed servers greeted us. We felt very welcome and at ease. Irene DiPietro herself was walking through each dining room.
Irene’s is only open for dinner so we showed up for an early dinner because we didn’t want to wait in a line. Upon our exit there were 10 people (locals and tourists) waiting outside the restaurant. If you do not have to wait more than 30 minutes, Irene’s is worth the trip.
Irene’s has multiple dining rooms. The tables are packed quite tightly together and I could hear our neighbor’s conversations. My dining companion asked for her seat to be adjusted because it was wobbling and another tables server seemed a bit sassy, but was willing to help.
I started my meal with a caprese salad with well seasoned tomatoes, mozzarella, arugula, pumpkin seeds and onions $5.50.
My friend had the ricotta and spinach raviolis with red sauce and seemed quite pleased with her choice $7.50.
We shared the Bananas Foster Bread pudding, suggested by our enthusiastic, New Orleans born and raised waitress, it was unbelievable. The bread pudding was served with warmed bananas and rum caramel sauce, vanilla ice cream and whipped cream.