Good news for those who feared the once-vibrant New Orleans culinary scene would never recover from the blow dealt to it by Hurricane Katrina. It's bounced back to the point where the people behind the $145 million restoration of the Roosevelt Hotel could convince John Besh to open an Italian restaurant there, even though it wouldn't be the hotel's signature operation. That lead designation was reserved for Sazerac, the Roosevelt's fine-dining option helmed by ...

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