REVIEW : THINGS ARE POPPIN AT RUSSO'S ITALIAN KITCHEN
October 2, 2013
South Tulsa is quiet. At least in the review "business", South Tulsa area doesn't have much that we know about. Many reviews seem to gravitate towards downtown, Brookside, and the likes. There's a new Italian place in town though that's only been open a couple weeks and it's making some noise already in south side; Russo's Coal-Fired Italian Kitchen. A small franchise from Texas, this casual, fun, family restaurant is tossing out great dishes and tasty pizzas with very fresh ingredients for a fair price.
Located at 89th and Yale, the establishment was already packed in this super lively and bouncy atmosphere. The acoustics were a tad loud, but it wasn't the music or staff, it was the warm and happy buzzing of families seated all around enjoying their food and conversations. That's always ok in my books. The staff and management were running smoothly, quickly, and efficiently from the looks of it. A nice tempo that was rather impressive being this place basically just opened. There was a wait of about 20 minutes and when seated our waitress was immediately on top of things.
A small selection of beers and nice selection of wines on the beverage list. Marshall Brewing on the list. Never can go wrong with that! Tonight though, we chose the house chianti. Not bad at all. Scrolling through the food menu, which is a bit large, my wife chose the eggplant parmesan ($8.95) and I chose a medium sized chicken rustica pizza ($16.95). The kiddo got a large slice of pizza as well. My parents ordered a pizza and pasta too. Plus salads. For those gluten-free folks, they offer plenty of gluten-free alternatives/versions as well.
The eggplant parm was very fresh; eggplant, mozzarella, romano, basil, all served on top of spaghetti with a racy and house-made marinara sauce that just seemed to pop!
The chicken rustica pizza had spinach, roma tomatoes, chicken, basil, feta, mozzarella, extra-virgin olive oil, and fresh garlic. The crust was thin, crisp outside, and nice doughy inside. A very nice balance and consistency, this pizza was awesome! I seriously ate the whole thing. Oh, I feel so ashamed, but it was that good.
They cater a few of their desserts. Two of them they make in-house though; the cannoli's and the tiramisu. Not like I need dessert. I just ate some bread, a salad, and a whole pizza. Go big or go home, I guess. I ordered the tiramisu ($6.95). It's one of my favorite desserts. I just had to. The wife and kiddo split a chocolate explosion cake ($6.95). The tiramisu was extremely pleasurable and just topped off my night. Soft, most, and delicious. It's one of the better tiramisu's I've had. The chocolate cake was great too, though a tad rich for my liking.
Oh man, I was a porker. I didn't care though. It's hardly something I do, but I was stuffed and miserably happy. Everyone else at the table loved their food too. My only complaint, and this is nit picky, is the salads could have been presented a little better and with a bit more care/attention. They seemed just thrown together. Anyway, the manager made his rounds checking on everyone's needs. He got a cheerful earful from us. We were all happy. We will be going back for sure. And soon!
Russo's Italian Kitchen
8941 S Yale Ave
Jeremiah Ramey: Author - www.thealeskitchen.blogspot.com
Lover of craft beer and great food. Eat local and drink local, my friends.