Cannella in Bay St Louis really is in a world of its own.
It serves up an almost unheard combination of Italian and German, but, amazingly, Cannella makes it work in a grand way. Come to this out-of-the-way spot prepared to speak English, German and Italian.
Chef Toni Zito is one of the most accomplished chefs I know. Cannella offers a one-in-a-thousand menus where you cannot go wrong no matter what you order.
How's the gyro? Great! How's the butternut squash ravioli? Great! How's the German sausage platter? Imported from Germany and great. How's the German-style smoked ham hock? Unbelievable! Get my drift?
This is a European-style restaurant, so don't expect a polite reception if you want to mix and match the menu, or if you arrive without a reservation in groups larger than six.
Do not be put off by the unusual restrictions, Cannella is at the top of the list for out-of-the-way, funky, in a European sort of style, restaurants. Also expect to see big-name chefs from New Orleans.