Dalesandro’s bustling bistro is somewhat of a hidden gem on Tulsa’s Boston Avenue. Tucked in nicely next to Burn Co. Barbeque, FarmBar and Tacos X Mezcal, this Italian mainstay is in good company.
Dalesandro’s small menu means one thing: the chefs here know exactly what they’re doing, what tastes good and what their diners want. Begin with an antipasti – the carpaccio, caprese and asparagus are all smart choices. Or get a Caesar salad for the table.
Classic entrées won’t disappoint, ranging from linguine with basil, garlic and tomatoes; to pollo arrosto, with half a grilled chicken, angel hair pasta and red sauce. Other must-tries include the stuffed shells, with a blend of three cheeses and homemade Italian sausage, as well as the carbonara, with cream sauce and two kinds of bacon, plus peas and Romano cheese.
The star of the show is the swordfish piccata. Enjoy an eight ounce, hand-cut filet of swordfish, breaded with herbs and fresh Parmesan cheese, sautéed in butter, baked and served over angel hair pasta with piccata sauce.
Those with a sweet tooth can finish off with the chocolate gateaux – made with Belgian Callebaut chocolate.
Dalesandro’s also offers an impressive wine collection, by the glass and the bottle, as well as a reserve collection, beers and a full bar. The spring/summer cocktail menu is in full effect. Try the lemon basil prosecco with vodka, fresh muddled basil and lemon juice; or the ‘Rozay Spritz,’ replete with rosé, vermouth, muscato simple syrup and soda water over ice. Pro tip: Dalesandro’s has one of the most relaxing and visually pleasing patios in Tulsa – utilize it!
1742 S Boston Ave., Tulsa; dalesandros.com; photo by Stephanie Phillips