We were not able to find just a local pasta place with no major pretensions or basic food at less than $20+/plate. The closest we could was the Mona Lisa in the French Quarter. The linguine bolognese was tasty but not great. My wife found the manicotti to be quite good. Both meals came with a nice small salad with bottled dressings. Our service was quite good but the waitress was clearly overloaded with tables in this small restaurant. Tables seated after we were had a rather long wait for their food. I was disappointed that there was no draft beverages, but bottles of Abita Amber were an adequate alternative. While there was a mix of locals and tourists when we were there, no one appeared to be at all stressed by the overworked kitchen. Actually there was a surprising amount of chit chat among the adjacent tables. This local feel and conviviality gave the Mona Lisa another star in my mind, a very pleasant experience. While the restaurant’s appearance was basic the wall decor was quite interesting, ingenious, fun and a bit eccentric all in one. The wall’s were covered with a very wide array of Mona Lisa pictures. The one that caught my eye in particular was a Mona Lisa from my youth and Mad Magazine. Great fun scanning the wall for pictures you may remember or just find amusing in some way or other. Go for the experience if not for the above average food. Laissez Les Bond Temps Rouler !!!!!
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