Angelo Brocato Ice Cream
214 N. Carrolton Ave.
New Orleans, LA
Web Site: http://www.angelobrocatoicecream.com
Angelo Brocato looks like it would be completely at home in Boston’s North End, Manhattan’s Little Italy or on Arthur Avenue in the Belmont section of the Bronx. But it’s not — it’s on one of the busiest streets in New Orleans’ Mid-city district. The famous ice cream parlor opened in 1905 in The French Quarter, where Croissant D’Or Patisserie resides now. It moved to its current location in the 1970’s.
Shortly after the shop celebrated its 100th birthday, fate intervened. On August 29th, 2005, Hurricane Katrina hit the city and the rest, of course, is history. Sadly, Angelo Brocato was one of the worst hit businesses when the levees broke — over four feet of water poured into the shop and destroyed absolutely everything. Many thought that the place would never be rebuilt, but optimism was high in the Brocato family and announcements were made that the legendary gelato/pastry store and cafe would again re-open.
The trademark neon sign on North Carrolton Avenue.
The Angelo Brocato store, as it was, in June of 2005, just two months prior to its destruction. During that particular visit we went to Brocato’s two times. During the evenings the store was packed, even late at night, and it’s not unusual to have to wait on line even past 10PM.
A selection of gelato treats from the pre-Katrina store.
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After over a year, on September 26, 2006, the store re-opened, to a great amount of fanfare. For the most part, the feel of the store is unchanged, except that they expanded the rear of the restaurant and the tables are more spaced apart, which makes the cafe a lot more comfortable to be in now.
The new counter area.
The new menu boards.
The new gleaming brass Italian Espresso/Cappuccino machine is the centerpeice of the new store. While many mourned the passing of their previous antique coffee machine, which served the store for many years, the new machine serves probably what is the best Italian coffee in the entire city.
Check out the head on that froth!
A view of the Gelato bins.
A Tortoni, a formed gelato dessert.
Cassatta, a type of Spumoni with different flavors in it — Zuppa Inglese, Strawberry and Pistachio, with candied fruits.
A selection of Italian cookies. Brocato’s did a big mail order business prior to the storm, but they are not up to speed just yet.
The plaque above the front door handle, indicating the four foot water line, which will serve as a constant reminder of that fateful day.