Mosca’s

Italian
legendary
Worth driving from anywhere!
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The parking lot is a gravel wreck; the outside is dark and nefarious; in fact, one evening when Stephen Rushmore and I stopped in for dinner, a nearby customer informed us that Mosca’s for many years was the hang-out of the region’s chief Mafioso. If it’s your first time, I guarantee you will think you are lost when you make the drive. And even when you find it, you will wonder: can this two-room joint with the blaring juke box and semi-secret kitchen dining area really be the most famous Italian roadhouse in America? Inside, conviviality reigns; I saw only friendly sorts of folks eating; no one looked like a cast member of The Godfather or The Sopranos.

Aside from the setting and location, the primary thing you’ll notice upon arriving at Mosca’s is the aroma. Garlic reigns. There are whole cloves of it in the painfully tender chicken a la Grande, which is a cluster of wine-sautéed pieces that arrive in a pool of rosemary-perfumed gravy. Oysters Mosca is a veritable festival of garlic, along with olive oil, Parmesan cheese, and breadcrumbs all cosseting little nuggets of sweet oyster meat. Thank God for spaghetti bordelaise, which is little more than a heap of thin noodles bathed in oil and butter and garlic. It is an ideal medium for rolling up on a fork and pushing around in extra chicken gravy or last of the oysters Mosca breadcrumbs to sop up their goodness.

Go with friends: the bigger the group, the more different dishes you can sample; and you do need also to taste Mosca’s crabmeat salad, Italian sausage, chicken cacciatore, and Louisiana shrimp. Everything is served family style.

What to Eat
Mosca’s, Oysters Mosca
Oysters Mosca
Must-Try
Oysters Mosca is an ultra-rich casserole of oysters baked with Italian-seasoned breadcrumbs. The contrast of chewy edge, viscous oysters, and svelte crumbs is textural magic. The flavor and aroma are dizzying.
Mosca’s, Spaghetti Bordelaise
Spaghetti Bordelaise
Must-Try
There's nothing simpler than spaghetti bordelaise -- thin noodles bathed in oil and butter -- and nothing more essential for mopping up juices from chicken a la grande, oysters mosca, shrimp mosca, or Italian sausage.
Mosca’s, Chicken a la Grande
Chicken a la Grande
Must-Try
Here is one of the reasons the menu warns that all food takes fifty minutes to prepare. Chicken a la grande is super-slow sauteed, so each piece turns ridiculously tender and sops in maximum amounts of rosemary-seasoned wine and garlic juices. This is half an order.
Italian Crab Salad
Mosca’s, Pineapple Fluff
Pineapple Fluff
Pineapple Fluff. Everyone orders this once. Does anyone order it twice?
Roasted Potatoes
Mosca’s Sausage
Directions and Hours
Open Today
SundayCLOSED
MondayCLOSED
Tuesday5:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Wednesday5:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Thursday5:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Friday5:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Saturday5:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Roadtrips
This restaurant is featured in the following eating tours.
7 stops | 1 hr 49 min total driving
Information
Seasons
Open Year Round
Meals Served
Dinner
Credit Cards Accepted
No
Alcohol Served
Yes
Outdoor Seating
No
Website

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