There was an Italia Express on May Avenue just south of school, and we ate there a lot. It was excellent, close, and inexpensive. A second location opened in NW OKC, and the May location just shut down suddenly, which was very disappointing. We went out to the other location, and it was also very good, but there was one thing different: the marinara was made with bell peppers (just ruined the flavor). Since the NW OKC location was far from out usual areas, we never went back.
A couple weeks ago, I was driving along Classen, and there was a brand new Italia Express. Raegan and I went there a couple days later.
After we were seated, I asked if they made the marinara with bell peppers, and got a yes.
NOTE: if you run Italia Express, please consider not making your marinara with bell peppers. The stuff is very, very good without the darn peppers. Save some money, and my taste buds, and get rid of the darn peppers.
Regardless, I got a most excellent fettuccine al fredo. It was perfect. ‘Nuff said. Raegan got manicotti, and asked for it to be served with one manicotti covered with marinara, and the other with al fredo (note: she asks for this routinely, and occasionally gets the most scandalized responses that the two sauces will… gasp… touch! That does not bother her, but we’ve had servers and chefs just get all bent out of shape at the request). Regardless, she said it was very good, even if the sauces touched, and she also wished the marinara didn’t have bell pepper in it. We had a starter of garlic bread that was very good, and the iced tea was also.
Our check was around $20.00, and service was very friendly. We will be back. I will try the marsala next time, and the al fredo will still be there.