April 12th, 2011 by Brian Schwartz – Comments (0)
Early on a Wednesday evening, TiAmo South Italian Restaurant is already crowded. Families pack the place. Large families. As many as 14 people are jammed around a long long table next to ours. Elegant, courteous waiters, the owner cruising from table to table, chatting with the regulars. TiAmo’s been around a long time. It’s a comfortable place to eat.
We ordered from the long menu, and the waiter asked if we wanted soup or salad. I assumed he’s trying to get us to pay more, but no, it’s included with the entree. (You get a bruschetta and foccacia bread too.) That day’s soup was shrimp and lobster bisque. It was rich and loaded with flavor. Cathe loved her salad, accented with nuts and other goodies. Then our meal came, and a mountain of yummy food was put before me.
This is Veal Tuscany ($19) — not really Tuscan but a chef’s creation — and it’s topped with prosciutto, artichokes, mushrooms and peppers in a peppercorn cognac cream sauce that spills over onto the Angel-hair (capellini) pasta. The veal was tender, and the sauce, though I didn’t detect any cognac or peppercorn flavor, was rich and satisfying. It was, in short, good though not exceptional. Still, I was soon full and satisfied.
What Cathe got was better. Eggplant Parmesan ($13).
I’ve had too many bad Eggplant Parmigianas in little Brooklyn dives to have even considered ordering this. But here it was exceptionally good. The eggplant, not greasy or oil-laden at all, was perfectly cooked and lightly breaded, and the little ocean of tomato and cheese was satisfying rather than overwhelming. I wish I’d ordered that. Betty got Chicken Parmesan ($16).
Basically the same, but with pounded chicken breast subbing for the eggplant. The sauce is rich and lovely and the side of Capellini is a nice accompaniment.
I couldn’t even think of dessert. All in all a good meal and a fine South Tulsa dining destination. I should note that in a few weeks the owners are taking their game to the next level when they open Ridge Grill a few miles to the south. Not Italian, but elegant, upscale and continental with more than a touch of creative whimsy… stay tuned for details.
Ti Amo South
6024A South Sheridan (corner of 61st Street)
Open daily 11 AM to 2 PM and 5 PM to 9 PM (but closed for Saturday lunch)
Brian Schwartz: Author
Born in NYC, age 0, on my birthday. College in Oxford at age 16. Law School in New Haven, Conn. 6 years travel in Africa and Asia. Haven’t done much lately. Still, I’m the only Tulsa member of the little-known Omega Society. www.theomegasociety.com
I speak enough Chinese to order food not on any English menu. Spanish French Italian too (not fluently but food-ently) My favorite restaurant is Jean-Georges in New York. But those NYC chefs would sell their soul to get the produce available from the farms around Inola.
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