Jun 062011

Chef Adolfo Garcia at the grand opening of Ancora Pizzeria & Salumeria on Freret St. Monday evening. (Sabree Hill, UptownMessenger.com)

Passers-by look in the window of Ancora Pizzeria & Salumeria, after stoping to look at The High Hat Cafe next door moments before on Freret St. Monday evening. Both restaurants were opened by celebrated chef Adolfo Garcia and his partners Monday evening. (Sabree Hill, UptownMessenger.com)

Jeff Talbot, an owner of Ancora Pizzeria & Salumeria, stands in front of the restaurants Stefano Ferrara wood burning oven at the grand opening Monday evening. Jeff Talbot, Adolfo Garcia and Josh Smith opened the restaurant together which is described as "affordable and casual" and serves Neopolitan wine, pizza and salumi only. (Sabree Hill, UptownMessenger.com)

A margherita pizza with tomato, fior di latte and basil at Ancora Pizzeria & Salumeria. (Sabree Hill, UptownMessenger.com)

An "anti pizza plate" at Ancora Pizzeria & Salumeria. (Sabree Hil, UptownMessenger.com)

Chip Apperson, an owner of High Hat Restaurant, opens the door and greets customers at the restaurants grand opening Monday evening. High Hat Restaurant, is described as a casual Southern restaurant. (Sabree Hill, UptownMessenger.com)

The grand opening of High Hat Restaurant on Freret St. Monday evening. (Sabree Hill, UptownMessenger.com)

Catfish served with fries, slaw and hush puppies at High Hat Restaurant. (Photo by Andrew Brott for Uptown Messenger)

Gulf fish on shrimp and potato hash at High Hat Restaurant. (Photo by Andrew Brott for Uptown Messenger)

Grilled glazed doughnut and vanilla ice cream at High Hat Restaurant. (Sabree Hill, UptownMessenger.com)

High Hat Cafe and Ancora Pizzeria & Salumeria on Freret St. Monday night. Both restaurants were opened by celebrated chef Adolfo Garcia and his partners. (Sabree Hill, UptownMessenger.com)

  10 Responses to “Opening day on Freret; Adolfo Garcia’s High Hat Cafe and Ancora Pizzeria”

  1. Post K Freretian cuisine consisted of Dominoes Pizza, we have now added Village Coffee, Dat Dog, Cure, Freret Poboy, these 2 fantastic restaurants with Company Burger and Midway Pizza scheduled to open soon, + several others in the works (one with live music…).
    Freret is blessed have Chef Adolfo Garcia, he has managed to recruit/partner with some BIG TIME food talent new to NOLA’s restaurant scene-
    Chip is much too modest/good to admit it, but Adolfo used to work for Him at Chip’s Restaurant Shelby in NYC…
    I know we have something special when the food was as good as it was last eve (opening night).

    • Do you any of the these places have a website to check out their menu (just to tide me over until I go!)? Which one has live music? This is all great news for the Freret Corridor!

  2. To say that Freret Street has attracted Chefs of this caliber speaks volumes of the potential that this corridor has. It is only a matter of time before Freret Street will become destination in a similar fashion as Oak Street.

  3. Do these places already have liquor licensees, or are they BYOB?

    (asking the important questions)

    • JK – I didn’t check their paperwork, but there seemed to be plenty of bottles in the house at both places.

    • Had a bottle of wine with dinner last eve @ Chip’s Restaurant High Hat.
      Everything we tried was spectacular, over the top, FANTASTIC!!!!!
      Was especially fond of the sweet potato salad + many many others.
      All reasonably priced.
      This place will be slammed soon- wonder if they take reservations?…

  4. a definite must go — thank you.

  5. Is this 2 restaurants in the same building? It looks like the building is the old Antoine’s Famous Cakes.

  6. ANCORA: Love the atmosphere…It is fantastic to see how the oven works and the pizzas that come out. Looking for the authentic touches…This is it..The dessert with the fig bread is unbelievably delicious and different…Will be back soon.

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