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“Top 3 Italian Eats in Omaha”

Lo Sole Mio Ristorante
Ranked #4 of 1,346 Restaurants in Omaha
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: US$0 - US$20
Cuisines: Italian
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Good for: Romantic, Groups, Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining, Business meetings, Child-friendly, Kids
Dining options: Dinner, Lunch, Full Bar, Highchairs Available, Parking Available, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Papillion, Nebraska
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22 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
“Top 3 Italian Eats in Omaha”
Reviewed 6 May 2014

Lo Sole Mio is a restaurant that gets a lot of hype in the Omaha area. This is a good thing because if you didn’t already know where it was, you would never know to look for it at its location in a residential area. It serves pretty typical American-Italian food in HUGE portions. So….what are my thoughts? Let find out.
The Restaurant

This little, out of the way spot is fairly unassuming from the outside. There are hints of the interior splendor with the lion statue and Italian roof tiles, but nothing like you will see when you get inside. The interior is very elegant looking with Italian statues, marble columns, and artwork. The tables are a little squashed together and can make it difficult for you or the wait staff to move around easily. I’m pretty sure when this place was built that they had no idea it would end up being this popular. It’s pretty common knowledge among patrons of this place that since they don’t take reservations, you need to be there 5-5:30pm tops to get a table on the weekend.
Service

I was pretty impressed that the service was as good on this visit with how busy it is. The waitress was very attentive and kept things rolling as fast as they were brought out of the kitchen. No manager visit on this occasion, but I would have had only good things to say.
Food

I’ve been here several times over the years and know pretty much what I like and don’t like at this place. Sadly, I think a lot of dishes here aren’t that good, but I do like to get the Tortellini. This bad boy comes in a serving platter and is definitely too much to eat at one sitting unless you are Jabba the Hut. I always get it without the mushrooms (I don’t like them) or the peas (they usually put nearly a whole can on there). I do like to add the prosciutto as it adds some needed saltiness to the garlic bechemel sauce. On this occasion, I actually think they went a little overboard with the prosciutto. I felt like they probably had $8-10 of the stuff on there which would be awesome if it was a sandwich, but the salt started to overpower the homemade tortellini. The sauce is pretty standard alfredo like sauce with the cheese factor toned down and the garlic factor turned up. The tortellini are pillowy soft with fresh tasting, creamy cheese throughout. They are little bites of heaven.

The Italian Egg Drop soup (called something with a S) is also pretty tasty. Almost like a chicken noodle soup that you blended with Egg Drop soup. I also love their table bread with the rosemary/garlic infused olive oil and the roasted garlic they serve with it. The garlic itself spreads like butter and the heat calms the flavor down a bunch so you don’t have to worry about killing any vampires with your breath. The olive oil is very fruity and melds well with the other flavors of rosemary and garlic.
Final Thoughts

Definitely a good place to go in Omaha but I have had better. The value at Lo Sole Mio’s is off the chart as you could probably feed 3 people from one meal. The other sides, salads and soups as well as the bread put this spot above all the chain Italian spots in town. Honestly, it really isn’t that much more expensive them most of them either depending on what you get. They have the ambiance and the service down. Now they just need to make their other dishes a little stronger and you would have a strong contender for the best in Omaha.

  • Visited April 2014
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English first
Omaha, Nebraska
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13 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“Company dinner”
Reviewed 5 May 2014 via mobile

Went here for a company dinner and it was great. Great food. Great service. Great drinks. Not sure about the prices bc it was all paid for. Would recommend this place. Great bread as an appetizer. Only bad thing is the hours as previously stated in one of the comments below.

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Sioux Falls, South Dakota
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11 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“ALWAYS AMAZING”
Reviewed 30 April 2014

When I am in the Omaha area for work, I ALWAYS make sure that I eat at this place at least once during that time. The food is amazing, huge portions, amazing bread and perfect atmosphere. I can't wait to bring co-workers and family into the restaurant when I am in Omaha for personal reasons. From around the country, I have people that go to their hometowns and brag about the quality, taste and portion size of the food here. Overall, some of the best, if not the best, Italian food I have had in the 10 state area that I travel.

  • Visited March 2014
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Omaha, Nebraska
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224 reviews
94 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 45 helpful votes
“excellent food”
Reviewed 6 March 2014

This place had some of the best Italian I've ever had. Only problem is the hours. Three times since my wife and I have tried to eat here to find it closed. Has to be a planned evening out with reservations, that way you know they are open.

  • Visited April 2013
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Omaha, Nebraska
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6 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
“Fantastic place”
Reviewed 5 March 2014

Hadn't been there in years, went last April with a friend. Had a great lunch mid week, fantastic service and the food was exquisite. Omaha has some great Italian restaurants, but this is one of the best!

  • Visited April 2013
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