Coast Cooking

New restaurant in the Bay, and other restaurant news from across the Coast

Monday is the day I devote this blog to rounding up some of the Coast’s latest restaurant news.

C&C Italian Bistro

Perhaps the most exciting restaurant news in recent days is that Chef David Dickensauge has opened his newest restaurant, C&C Italian Bistro, 111 Main St., Bay St Louis.

C&C is an authentic Italian restaurant that is impressive. It has a gas-fired pizza oven that gets the job done in just 120 seconds.

C&C is not just a pizza place. It has a changing menu that includes house-made pastas, seafood and specialty items, including a great pork chop and a great dish of clams and mussels in a white wine sauce.


Cora’s at the White House Hotel, 1230 Beach Blvd., Biloxi, has a new menu and Chef David Gooch is knocking the ball out of the park.

Check out the amazing crab and corn bisque, a great charcuterie platter, and stunning bananas Foster, to name just a few of the new menu items. Also look for some great seafood offerings.

Ciao, Paola Bugli

This may be just a bit gossipy, but Chef Paola Bugli, Room chef at Stalla, the Italian place inside the Beau Rivage, 875 Beach Blvd., Biloxi, is back from her vacation in Italy.

You can bet her team did not skip a beat while she was gone, but it is good to see her face in the kitchen again.

Bruce Cartwright is now the Director of Beverage at the Beau Rivage, overseeing all beverage operations on property as well as Casino Beverage Service, Pool Bar & Café, Eight75 Ultra Lounge, Coast Night Club, High Limits Bar, Breeze Bar, all restaurant bars as well as banquet beverage service operations.

Vancleave Special

Do you know the story of the famous soft-shell crab po-boy that was invented at Rosetti’s in Biloxi?

It was called the “Vancleave Special,” and rumor has it the name was trademarked and cannot be used without permission.

The only place that has been given permission, along with the original recipe, is the Po-Boy Express, 2422 Government St., Ocean Springs. Who knew?

Bozo’s Grocery Grill

Have you ever been to Bozo’s Grocery Grill, 2012 Ingalls Ave., Pascagoula?

It is a local hangout, but has been making some of the best po-boys for many years. It opened as a store and has evolved over the years to a po-boy shop that also sells fresh seafood.

It recently went through a big remodel, but they are still serving the same great food. If you go during busy hours, expect a line out the door.