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Emma Elle’s Italian Kitchen

Travel to far west Oklahoma City, and you’ll find Emma Elle’s Italian Kitchen, serving authentic Italian food and wood-fired, Neapolitan-inspired pizzas. But it’s not just the food that makes this little gem of a restaurant special – it’s also their commitment to supporting the community. Owner Cameron Wilson used his love of pizza as inspiration to create an Italian eatery...

A Seed that Blossomed

There are over a million restaurants in the United States. Each year, the James Beard Foundation chooses the 20 best to compete for its Outstanding Restaurant Award.  This past year, Lisa Becklund and Linda Ford’s restaurant Living Kitchen – il seme’s sister restaurant – was among those chosen. But long before Living Kitchen set the gold standard for farm-to-table dining...

Frateli’s Italian Restaurant

Authentic Italian and generational family recipes grace the menu of Shawnee’s Frateli’s. Pasta dishes, along with seafood and pizza, abound, along with appetizers like sautéed mussels with garlic, crushed red pepper and white wine sauce. Or, perhaps try mushroom caps stuffed with crab in a brandy cream sauce. House specialties include Seafood Siciliana, a mélange of hard shell clams,...

Starting A New Chapter

“It’s a story about moving to another country, starting a new business, surviving the pandemic, rediscovery and adventure. What more could you ask from life?” asks Marco Simonelli. When Tulsa native Amanda Forman moved to Italy in 2017, she didn’t intend to become an olive oil producer and exporter. She’d had a successful career in Tulsa working in her family’s...

Sparrow Modern Italian

Memorable meals at Sparrow Modern Italian often start with signature, handcrafted cocktails or your choice of a variety of Italian wines. Modernized classics from chefs Jeffery Holloway and Joel Wingate include starters like fritto misto with black tiger shrimp, calamari and lemon aioli, or perhaps try house made crispy fried mozzarella with blush sauce. Salads include the Tuscan kale...

Like Coming Home

Doris Matthews, owner of the beloved Tucci’s for 25 years, is a bit like the Mona Lisa. Gregarious, a fixture, seemingly there forever ... yet enigmatic, shrouded in mystery, with more than a hint of glamour. Some of Tulsa’s older denizens know her as the wife of the manager of Southern Hills Country Club. But where was she before...

A Taste of Venice

Thirty miles west of Venice, Italy, is an enormous palace built hundreds of years ago. It’s a castle so grand that monarchs from all over Europe counted themselves lucky to step foot inside, and tourists today feel the same.  If you’d been one of those tourists sixty years ago, you might have seen a gaggle of youths engaged in nautical...

Benvenuti’s Ristorante

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...

Napoli’s Italian Restaurant

Napoli’s Italian Restaurant beckons diners to downtown Enid in a historic building where ambiance and award-winning cuisine mingle to create a memorable dining experience. Lunch, dinner, wine and a full bar are available with a menu boasting time-tested recipes and prepared by chefs with more than a decade of experience. With music and sports television for entertainment, Napoli’s is also...

Fifty Years of Family

Picture it, 50 years ago. Tulsa was the oil capital of the world, and in the working-class neighborhoods that ringed the city, people knew that – with sweat, faith and American ingenuity – anything was possible. American astronauts flew to the moon, after all. In one such neighborhood, near East 61st Street and Riverside Drive, as the lunar module Eagle...