Mosca's had been on my list of restaurants to visit since I saw it reviewed in the New York Times over a decade ago. I had my chance tonight since I was close by. Unfortunately, it was a waste of time and money.
First of all it was so noisy in there I couldn't think straight. The dining room was cold and the toilets opened right onto it. The menus were stained. Not a good sign.
The choice is limited to chicken, one steak, spaghetti, oysters or shrimp. One soup and 2 salads for starters. I was surprised that there was no fish offering at all and nothing typical of New Orleans nor very Italian except for the spaghetti or one of the chicken dishes.
I ordered a small salad and the oysters. My mom the chicken. The salad was so salty I couldn't eat it. The waitress nicely took it off the bill. The oysters were covered with buttered bread crumbs that completely obliterated their taste. My mom's chicken was ok but again salty. The only good things we had were the wine and the cheesecake.
The bill for 2 people came out to $81. I think it was way overpriced for what you get. I'd describe this restaurant as a family restaurant that price-wise wants to compete with upscale restaurants but makes no effort.
One last note: It only accepts cash which given the prices is surprising.