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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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