Curbed New Orleans

Once home to Mama Rosa’s Slice of Italy, this Rampart Street building now houses luxury condos

One three-story townhome asks $1.4M

BY MISSY WILKINSON@MISSY_WILKINSON AUG 6, 2019
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Photos courtesy Jennifer Saltaformaggio of Keller Williams Realty. Designed by Deforma Studio of Miami FL

Like the Musee Conti Wax Museum and Gargoyles Clothing store, another business that was not quite iconic, but still evocative of a place and time in the French Quarter, has become luxury condos. The building at 618 Rampart Street, which previously housed Mama Rosa’s Slice of Italy, is now a four-condo development.

Inside this three-bedroom, two-bathroom unit, there’s very little to remind one of the hole-in-the-wall pizzeria that once occupied the space. (The brick walls look the same, and that’s about it.) During its heyday in the 1980s, Mama Rosa’s was known for $5 pies and late-night delivery options that includes beer and cigarettes—it even garnered a mention in People magazine. By the early 2000s, the restaurant’s reputation had declined, and its upstairs launched a second life as a venue for live music, circuit parties, and raves.

 

Rampart Street’s development since then, which includes a new streetcar line, craft cocktail bars, and a revitalized Armstrong Park, has spurred the condo market. This modern development is very emblematic of the new Rampart Street. Its clean-lined, minimalist facade starkly contrasts the neighboring cast-iron balconies.

The 2,160-square-foot condo’s interior is equally sleek, thanks to high ceilings, recessed and pendant lighting, and hurricane-resistant windows that offer skyline views. The townhome’s first floor is devoted to an open living area, dining area, and kitchen. On the second floor, find two bedrooms and a bathroom. The master bedroom suite sits on the third floor and features a balcony accessed by twin sets of glass doors.

At $1,399,000, this condo is one of the spendier units in the development, where prices start at $925,000. Heads up to vendors: the ground floor commercial space is for lease.