Benvenuti’s Ristorante

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Conceived by chef Anthony Compagni, Norman’s Benventuti’s features old-world Italian cuisine with a twist by utilizing seasonal ingredients sourced locally and internationally, along with organic produce grown nearby.

Pasta is handmade daily and frames entrees like lobster fazzoletti with pasta “handkerchiefs,” asparagus, mushrooms, brandy and saffron cream sauce. The Rustica has baked penne, shrimp, chicken, sun-dried tomatoes, mushrooms, speck and smoked mozzarella in a rosemary cream sauce.

Two pastry chefs create sweet masterpieces for dessert, such as the Bee’s Knees, a 24-carat-gold-dusted chocolate ice cream bar with house-made vanilla gelato, local honey caramel and honeycomb. You can also choose from specialty cocktails and an extensive wine list. 105 W. Main St., Norman; benvenutisristorante.com