Angelo Brocato

Ice Cream Parlor
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Angelo Brocato is a neighborhood ice cream parlor. Originally located on Ursulines Street in the French Quarter when the French Quarter was a residential neighborhood, it moved to its current location in Mid-City shortly after we first came across it when writing the first edition of our book Roadfood. The place on Carrollton Avenue retains all the old-world flavor of the original and, most important, it still makes what just might be the world’s best cannoli.

The crispest imaginable cookie shells are filled when ordered, thus retaining their fresh, brittle crunch. Continue reading

Angelo Brocato is a neighborhood ice cream parlor. Originally located on Ursulines Street in the French Quarter when the French Quarter was a residential neighborhood, it moved to its current location in Mid-City shortly after we first came across it when writing the first edition of our book Roadfood. The place on Carrollton Avenue retains all the old-world flavor of the original and, most important, it still makes what just might be the world’s best cannoli.

The crispest imaginable cookie shells are filled when ordered, thus retaining their fresh, brittle crunch. Unlike so many lesser cannoli, which suffer because the filling is so refrigerated that its taste is lost, these are filled with just-right-sweet ricotta that is barely cooler than room temperature, thus blooming with flavor. The traditional way to fill them is vanilla ricotta at one end and chocolate at the other (although single-flavored ones can be requested). Once filled, the ends are dipped in ground pistachio nuts and the elegant tubes are topped with a dusting of powdered sugar and cinnamon. Pastry paradise!

Excellent gelato also is a specialty: dense, custard-rich, bright with flavor that ranges from Amaretto to Zuppa Inglese. Other menu highlights include strudels and babas au rhum, eclairs and cream puffs, Napoleons and sfogliatelle.

Such a nice place to visit. Seating is on wire-back ice cream parlor chairs under spinning overhead fans. The staff, in my experience, radiate the joie de vivre of people who realize that they are part of an enterprise that is a New Orleans cultural treasure.

Dishes to try
Angelo Brocato, Cannoli
Cannoli
Must-Try
If there are fresher, crisper, more creamy cannoli than these, we've yet to meet them.
Angelo Brocato, Gelato
Gelato
Must-Try
Zuppa Inglese gelato is not high-proof but it is reminiscent of egg nog: creamy-rich and opulent, here dotted with chocolate nubbins.
Angelo Brocato, Baked Alaska
Baked Alaska
Must-Try
Originally created by New York's swank Delmonico's in the 1860s to celebrate the United States' acquisition of Alaska, baked Alaska always has maintained an air of old-fashioned luxury. It is a felicitous cool combo of ice cream, cake and meringue.
Directions and Hours
closed now
Sunday10am - 9pm
MondayCLOSED
Tuesday10am - 10pm
Wednesday10am - 10pm
Thursday10am - 10pm
Friday10am - 10:30pm
Saturday10am - 10:30pm
Roadtrips
This restaurant is featured in the following eating tours.
7 stops | 1 hr 49 min total driving
Information and Policies
Seasons
Open Year Round
Meals Served
Credit Cards Accepted
No
Alcohol Served
No
Outdoor Seating
No
Reservations Accepted
No
Delivery Available
No
Takeout Counter
No
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