Pioneering Italians were not only the first to put tomatoes in cuisine, they were also the first people to take photographs of themselves pretending to hold up the Leaning Tower of Pisa. Delight in their inventiveness with today's Groupon: for $12, you get $25 worth of Italian cuisine and drinks at Trattoria il Centro, located downtown near the Arts District.
Trattoria il Centro's chef, Christine Dowd, a graduate of the Culinary Institute of America, brings years of experience in the garlicky, pesto-soaked trenches of Chicago and New York to her preparation of each seasonal dish. The menu tips over dinner's domino cascade with seared beef carpaccio ($10.95) and a salad of asparagus wrapped in pancetta and topped with parmesan foam ($9.95) before burying hunger alive beneath filetto con ravioli in a barolo red wine sauce ($28.95). The kitchen’s savants of semolina also hand-make an extensive list of pastas, such as the seafood-stuffed ravioli di mari ($17.95). Trattoria's pizzas—fresh from a wood-fired oven—range from traditional margherita ($9.95) to a quattro stagione ($13.95) with kalamata-olive tomato sauce and an egg sunny-side up.
Although housed in a historic art deco building, Trattoria il Centro has a distinctly urban flair, with trendy lighting, industrial-style floors and high ceilings, and colorful murals and tile work that suggest a subway station in one of Candyland’s hipper neighborhoods. The artistic ambience lends itself well to a dessert of mascarpone cheesecake topped with strawberry-rhubarb compote ($6.95) and chased with wine or a specialty cocktail like the Italian peach bellini.
Trattoria il Centro has been featured in Eat Around OKC. OpenTable reviewers give Trattoria il Centro an average of 4.1 stars, and 14 Yahoo! Travelers give it a 3.5-star rating. Eleven Yelpers give the restaurant an average of three stars.
- Trattoria il Centro — you’ll eat until you explode. I’m not saying the portion sizes are too big. Trattoria il Centro gives a good plate for the money, but it’s not ridiculous. The fact is, the food is so good, I couldn’t stop eating. – Greg Elwell, Eat Around OKC
- This food was probably the most delicious dinner we had in OKC. – kira d., Yelp, 3/10/09
Downtown Oklahoma City
500 W Main
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma 73102Get Directions