Our story begins in the early 1940s when Sicilian immigrants Anthony Marullo Sr. and his wife Annie opened their first restaurant in Grand Isle, Louisiana, serving fish, crabs, shrimp, and oysters caught daily in the Gulf of Mexico. It was here that Anthony Marullo Jr. was born, and taught, at a very young age, how to fish the waters that surrounded their barrier reef home.
Vieux Carré, New Orleans
By 1965, the family was selling their fresh seafood in the French Market of New Orleans, but Anthony JR and his wife Barbara decided it was time to introduce Mamma Annie’s dishes to the “Big Easy”. They purchased the restaurant on the corner of Decatur and St. Phillip, which had been running strong for over 150 years. Their Creole-style seafood and spicy dishes quickly gained popularity with locals and travelers alike. By 1975, the Bar next door was acquired, the restaurant doubled its size, and the Original French Market Restaurant and Bar became a mainstay of New Orleans cuisine.
Today, brothers, Jude & Anthony Marullo III, continue this wonderful tradition. They serve millions of people from around the world with the same pride and respect for their food and continue to use many of the same from scratch recipes that Annie and Anthony Sr. created almost 80 years ago.
We look forward to seeing you, and we hope you become a regular in our Creole family kitchen!