Local Dining By BLAKE AUSTYN
QUAINT DISTRICT: Downtown Tulsa’s East Village has been home to East Village Bohemian Pizzeria, 818 E. 3rd St., since winter 2014. The upscale pizza restaurant sits near the corner of 3rd Street and Lansing Avenue in a quaint area of the district.
BLAKE AUSTYN for GTR Newspapers
East Village Bohemian Pizzeria, 818 E. 3rd St., opened in downtown Tulsa’s East Village at the end of 2014.
The district is an upscale, quaint diamond in the rough in downtown Tulsa. The area has recently seen a growth in its offerings with the opening of The Boxyard at 3rd Street and Frankfort Avenue, bringing a much-needed retail and services element to the district.
Further growth is coming with redevelopment nearing completion of the Hartford Building and construction coming soon on Hartford Commons, both to be located just north of the East Village at 1st Street and Greenwood Avenue. The developments are planned to include residential and restaurant and/or retail space.
But, for now, the area, specifically around Bohemian Pizzeria, at 3rd Street and Lansing Avenue, with a trendy Hodges Bend across the street, hanging twinkle lights and a nostalgic telephone booth, offers a nice and calm retreat compared to the frenetic energy that can often be felt next door in the Blue Dome District.
About two months ago, the restaurant expanded its long and narrow, yet cozy, space into the adjacent storefront in order to offer additional indoor seating. The restaurant also features a spacious and unique outdoor dining area, which adds to the restaurant’s seating options.
I remember coming to this restaurant soon after it opened. I enjoyed it then, and with the additional seating options, I was extra pleased with it this go-round.
The menu is mostly pizza-focused, featuring wood-fired Neapolitan-style pizzas. There are also salad options and a list of starters plus desserts.
My friend and I started with the spicy Shrimp Diavolo for our appetizer. The dish featured six jumbo shrimp mixed with slow-roasted tomatoes, calabrese peppers, bell peppers and chili flakes. Pizza bread for dipping accompanied the dish.
We then sprung to share two pizzas, each with about six slices.
My friend was intrigued by the ingredients of Craigie’s Angry Bee pizza: BurnCo’s Canadian bacon, San Marzano tomato sauce, pepperoncinis and calabrese peppers, topped with Fontina cheese and honey drizzle.
I am not a fan of sweet pizzas, so the honey portion of the pizza was not my particular choice. However, the ingredients and flavors paired together nicely, and I am always in favor of local entrepreneurs supporting one another, such as in this case with the use of meat from Tulsa’s own BurnCo.
My pizza choice was the Isle of Capri largely because of the artichokes in the dish. The other ingredients were San Marzano tomato sauce, Prosciutto di Parma, olives, slow roasted red and yellow tomatoes, fresh basil, and mozzarella.
Bohemian Pizzeria offers an extensive cocktail list plus a full bar.
Weekly specials include a weekday happy hour, 3-5 p.m. with $3 off pizzas and $2 off appetizers.
Lunch is served 11 a.m.-3 p.m., with a lunch-sized pizza and Caesar salad for $10.
Bohemian Pizzeria is open Sunday-Thursday 11 a.m.-10 p.m. and Friday and Saturday 11 a.m.-11 p.m.