Owned and operated by award-winning Chefs Torre and David Solazzo, Del Porto Ristorante has been a part of the Downtown Covington community for over 17 years. Serving up fine dining, contemporary Italian cuisine, this charming eatery is a weekly spot for many residents across the Northshore.
After meeting in Napa Valley in 1999, the couple eventually married in New Orleans and decided to stick around to become a part of the rich culinary scene in the city. After a few years they began working at Artesia in Abita Springs; the two fell in love with the North Shore and decided to open a small restaurant in the heart of it all. Following a very successful five years in the building that is now Toad Hollow Café, they expanded into their present location on the corner of Boston and New Hampshire.
Although Del Porto is known for its cuisine, they are equally known for their support of local charities, businesses, vendors, and even other restaurants. Chefs Torre and Dave feel that the people in this area have offered them the support and opportunity to follow their passion and provide a great local dining experience. In turn they want to always give back with that same enthusiasm. They support local art festivals such as Spring for Art and Fall for Art and are also currently showing pieces from the Saladino Gallery featuring artist, Inga Clough Falterman, throughout the restaurant. They are participants in the yearly “A Taste of Covington” which benefits the Covington Business Association and they continuously try to support local causes, such as the fundraiser for The Barn at Christ Episcopal School. These Chefs truly recognize the importance of community and team-work locally, but also throughout the service industry as a whole. Just last year, they raised over $7,500 by raffling a wine dinner for the Hurricane Harvey Hospitality Employee Relief Fund.