Andolini’s Pizzeria has 3 locations in the Tulsa area, plus a food truck. With over 2 dozen pizzas to choose from, plus other Italian dishes, you’ll certainly find something to satisfy your hunger.
In January I began doing stewardship visits with our club seat holders, primarily in OKC and Tulsa. It gets me out of the office, allows me to meet our donors on their turf and put a face with a name, and has provided me with some great feedback. I’ve also been doing quite a few of these visits as lunches, so I can also add a blog post into the mix.
Last week I was in Tulsa, and was meeting Hughla at Andolini’s Pizzeria. There are 3 Andolini’s locations in the Tulsa area, as well as a food truck. We went to the location on Cherry Street, an historic part of Tulsa, home to shopping, dining, and businesses.
Andolini’s is in a very cool old building, as are many businesses in the Cherry Street area. The building is long and narrow, with tall ceilings and exposed brick walls. As you walk in, there is an open kitchen on the right, where you can watch them make pizzas all day. A large bar takes up most of the right wall; the rest of the inside space is seating for maybe 50, and there is patio seating on the side of the building. The building is on the corner, and both front and side of the building are mainly tall windows that let in so much natural light. Along the back wall there is a huge American flag, as well as lots of old pictures. I also learned that the bar is made from reclaimed wood.
The Andolini’s menu is simple Italian fare, featuring appetizers, salads, sandwiches, entrees, baked pasta, stromboli, calzone, pizza, and dessert. Andolini’s doesn’t have a freezer, so absolutely everything is fresh. You can’t beat quality like that.
Hughla has been to Andolini’s several times before, but this was my first visit. We were both hungry, and decided to start with the mozzarella appetizer. You have the option of fried or salted, and we decided on the fried. Well, I think I suggested it and she agreed.
These were really delicious. Freshly breaded and served piping hot. The dipping sauce seemed to be their pizza sauce, which is thick and delicious, with a wonderful depth of flavor. The grated parmesan added another punch of flavor to both the sauce and the mozzarella.
Hughla raved about the pizzas, which come in 3 sizes, and come in 4 different options. Unfortunately there are no personal sized pizzas, so we decided to split a small. For the make-your-own pizzas, the toppings are available at two different price points: The White Label Member’s Toppings, and Black Label Admiral’s Club Toppings. Next are classic pizzas; last but not least are the Purple Label Luxury Pizzas. There are no half sizes or substitutions on the Purple Label. After some back and forth, we selected The Savoy (one of the Purple Labels) because they cook it directly on the stone, which is a more authentic Italian method.
Wow, this pizza was fantastic. Thin crust, big slices, and reminded me a lot of NY style pizza. I’m not normally a fan of thin crust pizza, but this one changed my tune. The pizza sat a few minutes while we finished the mozzarella so it wasn’t screaming hot, but that didn’t detract from the flavor. After this pizza comes out of the oven they drizzle it with olive oil and add the basil. I’ve never done the oil drizzle on pizza at home before, but I’m most certainly going to try that now!
We each had 3 slices, and then I took the last 2 slices home with me. Hughla taught me a great method to reheat pizza. Spray a skillet with a little olive oil or Pam, put the pieces in, and cover. It’s much better than microwaving so the crust doesn’t get tough. I tried it, and it worked! What a great idea.
Will I go back to Andolini’s? No question. I definitely want to try some of the other menu items, including homemade desserts. The food is fresh, I love the atmosphere, and the service was excellent.