Here's the deal: For someone who enjoys food as much as I do, making a bold claim that this is one of the very best side dishes in Tyler, Texas is a bold claim.

But here's what's even crazier. The dish of which I speak is a SIDE dish. Yep. The peripheral menu offerings. The "thing that goes with another thing." But honestly, this side dish is so good, it stands all on its own.

I'm already a huge fan of Oliveto Italian Bistro in Tyler, Texas. Lots of people think this is a national chain. Actually, it IS a regional chain. However, the owners are from East Texas. And thus, I've decided that makes it a local restaurant.

Whenever I go to eat at this Tyler, Texas restaurant, I have a hard time deciding what the heck to order.

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My most recent go-to is the Rigatoni Rustica. In fact, I love it so much, I wrote about it, too. Check that out HERE. Have you tried this dish? It's the ultimate comfort food on rainy days like we've been having as of late.

I also love their pizzas, Cedar Plank Salmon, and well...everything.

But recently I was looking for something different and I actually wasn't all that hungry. And so, I decided just to order a side dish. The Jalapeno Risotto looked interesting so I have it a go.

OMG, y'all. You know those magical moments when you take a bite of something and you feel actual joy spread through your body? Yeah, it was kinda like that.

So, I noticed some people thought it wasn't quite as creamy as they'd expected, but honestly, that's one of the things I loved about it. Sometimes risotto can be TOO saucy. But this was just right. And the mushrooms, jalapenos, and cheese blended perfectly. In fact, my mouth is starting to water as I type this so, excuse me. I have to place an order.


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