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Tommy's Italian-American Grill

5516 W. Memorial Rd.
Oklahoma City, OK
(405) 470-5577

Tommy's on Memorial Rd. east of MacArthur

Writing restaurant reviews has been a good discipline for me, requiring me to analyze different food and to put them on some type of objective rating scale. Of course I know it is an inexact science, but I am very sure about the things I like.

Back in the days when my restaurant visits were for the sole purpose of enjoying the food, one of the places where this was most easily accomplished was at the old Tommy's in Northpark Mall (at N.W. 122nd and May). The owner of Tommy's also opened Bellini's (which is now under different ownership), but the concept of Tommy's was a little more downscale than Bellini's. I enjoyed both restaurants, but somehow the food at Tommy's was more appealing to my tastes, and I particularly thought the the pizza was unmatched in the city for flavor and quality.

The new Tommy's on Memorial Road (just east of MacArthur) opened in May 2014. The outdoor patio was not yet open at this time, and it does seem as if they have been starting slow, with a "soft opening" taking place in advance of the official one. It is a somewhat casual restaurant where one would feel comfortable dressing up, and the service certainly seems to be on par with the city's other upscale Italian restaurants.

Tommy's wood fired oven
Tommy's wood fired oven

Tommy's has built a wood fired oven for the pizzas, and the large pizza menu leads me to believe that this is a large part of their business. I really think that the prices of the pizza and other menu items will put Tommy's on many people's list as a "go to" place for frequent dining with family or friends. They were not trying to sell me drinks, appetizers, or other items which frequently run up the cost of a meal; instead it just seemed that everything was good quality and you could pay a little more if you wanted to go that way.

Complimentary bread
Complimentary bread

The meal started out with complimentary Bread, and I thought it was about as good as I find in other upscale Italian restaurants. I do not know if they give free refills because I was not able to eat all of what I had.

House salad
House salad

Salads cost extra, including the House Salad I ordered. The salad was fresh, but to me it seemed "busy" with so many ingredients it really did not have a distinguishing flavor. I do not remember the salads being particularly notable at the old Tommy's, and probably the same is true here. It is a good filler, though, if you do not think the dinner will be enough for your appetite.

Margherita pizza
Margherita pizza

I was very anxious to try the Margherita Pizza, which I remember as being one of the best I have had at the old Tommy's. This one was as good as I remembered, with excellent cheese and crust (the components of a pizza which I many times find lacking at restaurants). The toppings did not seem any better or worse than at most Italian restaurants, with the exception that it had a rather small amount of basil, but what was there was very aromatic and flavorful (thus the pizza overall still rates as one of my favorites).

Pizzas come in only one size (I believe they told me it was 14 inches), and the one I had was just about right for two people provided they both ordered salads (thus my instinct about ordering the salad was correct). The waiter told me that this pizza had a little different flavor that at the old Tommy's because of the wood fired grill (considering how good the crust tasted, I would say this was a very good move to make at the new restaurant).

Other reviews I have seen have said good things about the other menu items, and this is to be expected from the restaurant which is an extension of the original Tommy's and Bellini's. There is a good wine list, but frankly this is something I seldom try. I think the food is good enough to come here for that regardless of the wine.

The salad did not make me think this was one of the city's best Italian restaurants, but the pizza did. I am more than anxious to make further visits to try other items (but the number of customers made me think it would probably not be a good idea to try going on weekends). I am glad it is popular, though, because maybe this will establish a new dynasty for Tommy's rather than just being the latest incarnation of the old restaurant.

RESTAURANT DETAILS

RATING: 23

Cuisine: Italian
Cost: $$$ (but pizza is cheaper)
Hours: Open Daily
Accessible: Yes
Smoking: No Smoking
Alcohol: Beer, Wine

Most Recent Visit
May 12, 2014

Number of Visits: 1

Best Item
Pizza

Special Ratings
Margherita Pizza:
House Salad:



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