This petition from the succession of Angelo, alias Antoine, Alciatore summarizes the estate that he left following his 1877 death in Marseille. A detailed twelve-page inventory filed in the succession papers indicates that the Alciatore restaurant adjoined a twenty-two room lodging house; those chambers now house the myriad of individual dining rooms that form the present-day Antoine's. Alciatore's death certificate, also filed among the papers, shows that he was born in Alassio, a town on the Italian coast, not too far from the French city of Marseille.

[Civil District Court #30896]

Thank God the French got here first.

Can you imagine what New Orleans might have been had the Pilgrims gotten off at Pilottown instead of Plymouth?

It's frightening . . . we might have been burning witches instead of cafe brulot; or preaching to the quadroon beauties, instead of dancing with them; or spending eons eating boiled beef and potatoes, instead of ecrevisse Cardinal, or pompano en papillote, or gumbo.

[Phil Johnson, "Good Old Town." In The Past as Prelude: New Orleans 1718-1968.
Ed. Hodding Carter, p. 233.]