Carla Pesono is an award-winning journalist who joins WGNO as the co-host of Good Morning New Orleans at 5-7 a.m. and anchor for WGNO News at 11 a.m. She comes to New Orleans from Baton Rouge, where she covered news, weather and traffic for WVLA Local 33 News.

Carla also is the weekly host and producer of “Carla’s Menu,” where she showcases local hidden gem restaurants in the area. Catch a new segment every Tuesday on GMNO at 6am.

Previously, she worked at KSN16 in Joplin, Missouri as the Morning Co-Anchor/Weather/Reporter.

Carla created a similar restaurant segment in Joplin called “Four State Finds” and “Carla’s Kitchen” in Baton Rouge. She also produced a live cooking segment called “What’s Carla Cooking?” on KSN Local News Today.

She’s originally from Buffalo, NY and earned a Broadcast Journalism for TV degree at Columbia College Chicago.

Carla loves the culture Southeast Louisiana has to offer, like food, fishing and festivals. She also enjoys fitness, cooking, playing volleyball, painting and volunteering with her therapy dog, Teddy.

Follow Carla on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram @carlapesono

Recent Articles
  • Carla’s Kitchen: Southern Charm Bistreaux & Bar

    Carla's Kitchen: Southern Charm Bistreaux & Bar

  • Carla’s Kitchen: Marie’s Kitchen

    Carla's Kitchen: Marie's Kitchen

  • Carla’s Kitchen: Poke-Chan

    Carla's Kitchen: Poke-Chan

  • Carla’s Kitchen: Bergeron’s Boudin and Cajun Meats

    Carla's Kitchen: Bergeron’s Boudin and Cajun Meats

  • Carla’s Kitchen: Satsuma Cafe

    On this Carla’s Kitchen, I take you to a place tucked away on Dauphine Street in the Bywater neighborhood, Satsuma Café.

  • Carla’s Kitchen: The Kolache Kitchen

    NEW ORLEANS – The Kolache Kitchen is a fast-causal restaurant located on Freret Street. Houston, Texas native, Will Edwards, opened this location in 2019. He has two other locations in Baton Rouge. Kolaches are a Czech food that was brought to Texas in the 1800s and became a very popular food item across the state. Traditionally they are sweet, but the savory kolaches gained popularity. The dough is similar to a sandwich loaf or dinner roll but sweeter. It’s then […]

  • Carla’s Kitchen: Piece of Meat

    Carla's Kitchen: Piece of Meat

  • Carla’s Kitchen: Ice Queen

    Carla's Kitchen: Ice Queen

  • Carla’s Menu: Balestra’s

    NEW ORLEANS – On this Mardi Gras edition of Carla’s Menu, Carla Pesono takes you to Belle Chasse to check out Balestra’s Bakery. Balestra’s Grocery Store has been around for nearly 60 years, but its only 3-year-old bakery is being put on the map all because of its king cake creations by bakery and deli director, Amy Boudreaux. Balestra’s won Three king cake awards this past king cake fest—Best Non-Traditional and Best Presentation for its “Lemon Blueberry Chantilly” king cake. […]

  • Carla’s Menu: Piccola Gelateria

    NEW ORLEANS – On this Carla’s Menu, I take you on Freret Street to a little gelato shop, Piccola Gelateria. Owners, husband and wife, Ria and Ross Turnbull, met in Boston, Massachusetts and have called New Orleans home for the last 6 years. Ross is a European trained chef and learned to make gelato in Bologna, Italy 38 years ago. All the machinery is imported from Italy–Even the espresso machine and gelato cases. Just about every ingredient they use is […]

  • Carla’s Menu: Copper Vine Wine Pub

    NEW ORLEANS – On this Carla’s Menu, I’m taking you downtown to Copper Vine Wine Pub. Owner and restaurateur, Kyle Brechtel, wanted to add a wine pub at the corner of Poydras and O’Keefe streets to add to his other concepts. This building was originally home of Maylies’s, open back in 1876 and closed in 1986. Brechtel kept the original bar and woodwork, adding a beautiful wine garden, and full-service restaurant. This casual but elevated vibe allows you to come for […]

  • Carla’s Menu: Fharmacy Nola

    NEW ORLEANS – On this Carla’s Menu, I’m taking you to a hole in the wall comfort food joint in Mid-City, Fharmacy Nola. Chefs and owners Nhat and Chien Nguyen are serving up comfort food with their twist. Menu Items Featured: Dr. Tan Burger Lemongrass Chicken Tacos Wings Vietnamese Sausage Chicago Style Combo Fharmacy Nola is located at 2540 Banks Street. Open every day from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Closed on Sundays. Follow Carla Pesono on instagram and Facebook

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