Trattoria Il Centro

Downtown Oklahoma City

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In a Nutshell

  • Gourmet Italian cuisine
  • Wood-fired pizza oven
  • Bright & colorful ambience
  • Located near Arts District

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Promotional value expires Sep 27, 2011. Amount paid never expires. Limit 1 per person, may buy 2 additional as gifts. Limit 1 per table. Valid for alcohol. Dine-in only. Merchant is solely responsible to purchasers for the care and quality of the advertised goods and services.

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

Customer Reviews

We had eaten there before and the food is very good and the atmosphere and decor are very upscale. I used one Groupon and treated two friends to food there and they were very pleased. I received exceptional service from management and I appreciated them so much. Thank you for asking my opinion and please pass my favorable comments on to them. I wanted to treat another friend but she informed me she and a guest eat there quite often when they dine downtown and go to attractioins at the civic center. Nancy Wilkins
Nancy W. · October 26, 2011
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    Downtown Oklahoma City

    500 W Main

    Oklahoma City, Oklahoma 73102

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