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Bellini’s is located at 6305 Waterford Blvd – Suite 100, Oklahoma City (map). They are open seven days a week. Contact them at 405.848.1065 or visit their website. Reservations are available by phone.

I’ve been searching for a great Italian restaurant in Oklahoma City, and I’m still searching. I’m not saying Bellini’s is bad, it’s actually quite good, but its not great.

Maybe it was the 20 kids having a “Sweet Sixteen” celebration in what should be a quiet and reserved upper-scale Italian atmosphere, or maybe it was the fact that they brought me chicken rather than veal, or perhaps the very lofty expectations for said veal, but I’m still searching for that “great” Italian experience in Oklahoma.

Bellini’s has a reasonably diverse menu and can range from quite pricey to quite reasonable in price. Wood-fired pizzas topped with everything from shrimp to barbecued chicken, apparently inspired by the California pizza movement, can feed 2 people for under 15 bucks. There are also steaks that can set you back upwards of $30. I chose to try something from their specialty menu. These are dishes that are typically highlighted by the chef as the best they have to offer. Veal Marsala is a favorite of mine so I thought I would see how their marsala sauce stacks up against the other marsala sauces I’ve had in my day. To me, great Italian food is defined by its sauces. In fact, I’ve become quite the saucier myself and find myself being tempted often to cook up a big pot of cream-based sauce to eat alone with an artisan loaf of some sort. Thankfully, for the sake of my arteries, I have managed to resist this temptation.

The Caesar salad was very good, the bread was fantastic, and the Marsala sauce was….eh…not bad. I like my marsala sauces a little thicker, and I also like a more rustic and bold mushroom like a porcini or morel (my favorite). Bellini’s used your average button mushrooms. The Veal cutlets were served on top of a bed of noodles that were well past “al dente,” and the cutlets were a bit thicker than I’m used to in a marsala dish, which caused them to seem a bit tougher than I had hoped. I kind of wish I had kept the chicken dish that they brought by mistake the first time because it looked fantastic. I may have also set Bellini’s up for disappointment because I have had some fabulous veal dishes that would be very hard to top.

Ambiance is quite nice, or would be were it not for the 20 sixteen-year-old kids next to us. The patio is particularly nice overlooking a pond, and would be a nice way to enjoy a cool evening. I’ll be sure to give Bellini’s another shot and try a different sauce on another occasion. For the price, Bellini’s provides a great atmosphere and food selection. In fact, you would have to visit one of the city’s nicer, and much pricier, steakhouses to get a better all around dining experience and you would spend twice the money.

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This article was posted by Andrew Littleton on Wednesday, October 10th, 2007. It is filed under:

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  • Rena Parker says:
    October 27th, 2007 at 7:08 pm   

    I like Bellini’s OK, but I am interested in trying a new Italian Restaurant on NE 47th and Lincoln. I will let you know what I think or maybe you would like to check it out for a review.

  • Christi Waller says:
    November 21st, 2008 at 4:28 pm   

    Mmm. Bellinis’ bread is very good. Soft with that great yeast aroma that says slather me in butter. But in the spring of 2007 or there-a-abouts, Bellinis did some outdoor rennovations and to pay for it, increased their prices and altered the menu items to smaller portions with a decline in quality. Fortunately, the rennovations to the patio are very nice, making it one of the best in town, and with a frozen bellini in your hand on a warm day, it can feel like a mini vacation.

  • AJ says:
    October 7th, 2010 at 6:02 pm   

    I have been here a few times, and I don’t feel like I can say anything but that they make wonderful drinks and have a nice little patio. Their French 75 is perfect all the time. When I get it elsewhere, it tastes like straight lemon juice.

  • Karen Karch says:
    December 20th, 2010 at 9:30 am   

    Saturday evening, 12/18, was my first and my last experience at Bellini’s. My fiance and I had the worst experience ever there. It started off when I ordered a glass of wine and when I received my glass, it had water stains all over it. My wine glass should have been polished, not have water stains like what you can expect at Applebees or Chilis. Our server was occupied with a large party (8-10 people) and neglected to take care of us. My fiance ordered the veal. When he received it, he did not get a steak knife, he had to cut the veal with his butter kniffe. I don’t know if Bellini’s expected the veal to be so tender you could cut with your fork and that’s why he didn’t get a steak knife, but it wasn’t that tender, he needed a knife. Half way through his meal the server came by and we finally got a steak knife. The server’s comment was “Yeah it must be hard cutting it with your butter knife.” We got told that Bellini’s is almost “fine dining” and to dress nice but jeans are ok. The atmosphere was nice and everyone was dressed nice but there was one teenager wearing his basketball shorts and then another lady came in wearing a professional sports jersey. We were concerned about how to dress but I guess we could have shown up in our pajama pants and still got waited on – apperance obviously doesn’t matter at Bellini’s. We ordered dessert and I ordered an after dinner drink. We got the turtle brownie and I got told from the server “Your drink will be out in one minute, we have a new bartender and she is slow.” We finished our poor excuse for a dessert and sat there for what seemed like 10 minutes and here comes my after dinner drink. The dessert was horrible, it was a piece of brownie, not warm with a scoop of icecream on it. I’ve had way better brownies from a box of Betty Crocker brownie mix. I told the server I didn’t want the drink anymore and he told me “Take a sip, I am taking it off your bill anyway.” We felt completely neglected from the server, our meals, drinks and dessert came out slow. The food wasn’t anything spectacular. I had the Greco pasta and we got the Artichoke dip for an appetizer; none of it was anything to brag about. The Greco pasta was rather spicy and after I finished and the server came by he said “Yeah that Greco pasta is pretty spicy.” Perhaps you should have warned me before hand instead of making that coment after I was done. The server just came off very sarcastic. You would think perhaps a manager would have came by after finding out I didn’t want my drink because it took too long, but there wasn’t a manager to be seen. I will never go back to Bellini’s. I would have rather taken my $100 and gone to Louie’s, where I know I would have gotten outstanding service and better food.

  • chad says:
    April 1st, 2011 at 3:18 pm   

    OMG Karen! people in shorts! how atrocious. I can’t believe you kept your food down. Your entire post seemed a bit snoody.

  • connor says:
    November 25th, 2011 at 4:58 pm   

    Karen, how can you complain about something being spicy when it says twice in the description that it is spicy?

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