Rocky and Carlo’s

Cafeteria | Cajun/Creole | Italian
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You don’t hear much about Rocky and Carlo’s outside of southern Louisiana, but locals know it as a culinary gem. Located out in St. Bernard Parish, it is a spacious eating hall featuring that little-appreciated but essential confluence of local cuisine – Italian-Cajun-Dixie fare. Walk along the cafeteria line and select from a broad hot-lunch menu that includes pork chops with greens, braciola, veal parm, stuffed peppers, muffalettas, fried shrimp or oysters, and gorgeous baked chicken. The blackboard menu also lists wop salad, the locals’ politically incorrect term for garlic-bathed iceberg lettuce with green olives, and many customers come for the excellent po boys and hamburgers sided by sensationally luscious fried onions.

No matter what you eat at Rocky and Carlo’s, the single dish that demands attention is the inconspicuous menu listing, “macaroni.” There is none better. Continue reading

You don’t hear much about Rocky and Carlo’s outside of southern Louisiana, but locals know it as a culinary gem. Located out in St. Bernard Parish, it is a spacious eating hall featuring that little-appreciated but essential confluence of local cuisine – Italian-Cajun-Dixie fare. Walk along the cafeteria line and select from a broad hot-lunch menu that includes pork chops with greens, braciola, veal parm, stuffed peppers, muffalettas, fried shrimp or oysters, and gorgeous baked chicken. The blackboard menu also lists wop salad, the locals’ politically incorrect term for garlic-bathed iceberg lettuce with green olives, and many customers come for the excellent po boys and hamburgers sided by sensationally luscious fried onions.

No matter what you eat at Rocky and Carlo’s, the single dish that demands attention is the inconspicuous menu listing, “macaroni.” There is none better. Very different from typical mac ‘n’ cheese made with elbow noodles, this mountain of baked pasta is built from substantial percatelli tubes that come plastered with orange cheese – tender gobs from the the heart, chewy strips from the top, and crisp webbed bark from the casserole’s edge. Some people get it topped with sweet red marinara sauce or glistening mahogany brown gravy, both of which are very good; but this world-class macaroni needs no adornment whatsoever.

Dishes to try
Rocky and Carlo’s, Macaroni and Cheese
Macaroni and Cheese
Must-Try
Rocky and Carlo's macaroni and cheese is a joy to twirl on a fork -- a fine monomaniacal meal all alone and a good companion for nearly anything else on the menu. In the background on the plate are cups with optional toppings: brown gravy and marinara sauce. Both are good; neither is necessary.
Rocky and Carlo’s, Po Boy
Po Boy
Must-Try
Po boys of all kinds are available from Rocky and Carlo's kitchen. This one is roast beef, saturated with gravy.
Rocky and Carlo’s, Onion Rings
Onion Rings
Must-Try
A single order of onion rings is probably enough for four people, especially if you are eating anything else.
Rocky and Carlo’s, Seafood Gumbo
Seafood Gumbo
Must-Try
One small cup of gumbo contains a meal's worth of shrimp and crawfish, okra, rice and spice.
Rocky and Carlo’s, Italian Salad
Italian Salad
While many menus in Cajun country have changed the name of this dish to 'Italian salad,' Rocky and Carlo's continues to list it by the name its Italian makers have called it for decades: wop salad.
Directions and Hours
closed now
SundayCLOSED
MondayCLOSED
Tuesday11am - 8pm
Wednesday11am - 8pm
Thursday11am - 8pm
Friday11am - 8:30pm
Saturday11am - 8:30pm
Roadtrips
This restaurant is featured in the following eating tours.
6 stops | 48 min total driving
7 stops | 1 hr 49 min total driving
Information and Policies
Seasons
Open Year Round
Meals Served
Lunch
Credit Cards Accepted
Yes
Alcohol Served
Yes
Outdoor Seating
No
Reservations Accepted
No
Delivery Available
No
Takeout Counter
Yes