Oklahoma City, Oklahoma might bring to mind visions of onion burgers and barbecue joints, but the city is home to a wide range of excellent Italian restaurants as well. Some of these offer unique Italian food with a Tex-Mex twist and others serve home-style Italian cooking that will transport you directly to the countryside of Tuscany.
© Bella Vista
As a traditional family-owned and operated Italian restaurant, Bella Vista is an excellent place to go if you're looking for old-fashioned Italian comfort food and a casual, welcoming atmosphere. The exterior of the restaurant is deceptively simple, but the food served is as close as you can get to authentic Italian home cooking. Everything is made fresh daily and prepared from scratch in the kitchen, including the bread, salad dressing, pizza dough, and pasta sauces. The meatballs are rolled by hand and slow-cooked for more than four hours, making them one of the most popular items on the menu.
5801 S Western Ave, Oklahoma City, OK 73109, Phone: 405-631-1717
2.Bellini's Ristorante & Grill
© Bellini's Ristorante & Grill
Tucked away at the base of the Waterford Building, Bellini's Ristorante & Grill offers excellent Italian-style cuisine in an intimate setting. The ambiance is a great reason to come here, especially if you sit on the outdoor patio overlooking the beautiful pond with its cascading water feature. The food is just as enticing as the atmosphere – try the chicken marsala, the seafood pizza, or the restaurant's signature lasagna. Lunch is served from Tuesday to Friday during the week and a special brunch menu is offered on Sundays between 10 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. Private dining rooms are available for large groups.
6305 Waterford Blvd, Suite 100, Oklahoma City, OK 73118, Phone: 405-848-1065
3.Cafe 7 Delicatessen and Pastaria
© Cafe 7 Delicatessen and Pastaria
Cafe 7 is a casual deli-style restaurant that serves high-quality Italian-inspired food at a reasonable price. True to its name, the restaurant is open 7 days a week. Most menu items cost around $7 and the team aims to serve customers their food within 7 minutes of their order. The menu offers pizzas, pastas, sandwiches, and salads; all items are entirely customizable and plenty of options are available for vegetarians, children, and gluten-free diners. In addition to the regular menu, daily and seasonal specials are always offered. Please note that this restaurant has two locations: the north location and the downtown location.
14101 N. May Ave, STE 117, Oklahoma City, OK 73134, Phone: 405-748-3354
4.Gabriella's Italian Grill & Pizzeria
© Gabriella's Italian Grill & Pizzeria
Located on the site of a well-known gambling den that burned down in 1949, Gabriella's Italian Grill & Pizzeria is believed by some to be haunted. However, the relaxed, welcoming environment and the delicious food are enough to chase away any thoughts of ghosts. The restaurant's signature wood-fired pizzas are made in a large brick oven that burns nothing but seasoned oak, which lends the crusts a delicious smoky flavor. The menu also offers a wide variety of pasta, meat, and fish dishes. Gluten-free substitutions are available, and family-style dining is offered for large groups.
1226 NE 63rd St., Oklahoma City, OK 73111, Phone: 405-478-4955
© Pizzeria Gusto
Located in the historic Uptown district of Oklahoma City, Pizzeria Gusto was the first authentic Neapolitan pizza restaurant in the city. The restaurant's pizza oven was built by the famed Stefano Ferrara in Naples, the birthplace of the Neapolitan pizza, and many of the ingredients used are imported from Italy as well. Pizza options range from the classically delicious margherita to a lamb sausage pizza topped with chipotle sun-dried tomato jam and pickled shallots. In addition to pizzas, the restaurant also features sandwiches, salads, and a number of small plates that are perfect for sharing.
2415 N Walker Ave, Oklahoma City, OK 73103, Phone: 405-437-4992
6.Moni's Pasta and Pizza
© Moni's Pasta and Pizza
Moni's Pasta and Pizza is named after Moni Kaba, who spent 9 years learning to cook in Italy before moving to America to fulfill his dream of opening a restaurant. He eventually passed on his restaurant to John and Rachel Foster, but it still offers the same classic Italian dishes that it has since the 1990s. Highlights of the menu include the chicken parmesan sub, the baked ziti, the veal marsala, and the build-your-own pizzas that are fired in a brick oven. There are plenty of vegetarian options, and gluten-free pizza crusts and pastas are available.
17200 N May Ave, Ste 700, Edmond, OK 73012, Phone: 405-285-5991
7.Oliveto Italian Bistro
© Oliveto Italian Bistro
Oliveto Italian Bistro is a welcoming neighborhood restaurant that serves artisan-inspired Italian cuisine. The menu offers a wide variety of appetizers, soups, salads, sandwiches, pasta dishes, and house specials like chicken parmesan and cedar plank salmon. The pizzas are another menu highlight; the dough is made from scratch every day and the pizzas are baked on the hearth in a wood-fired oven. $2 beers are served Monday to Friday from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. and appetizers and pizzas are 50% off every day after 8 p.m. Plenty of options are available for vegetarians, and the restaurant boasts more than 20 gluten-free menu items.
1301 S. I-35 Service Road, Moore, OK 73160, Phone: 405-735-5553
Conveniently located right downtown, Patrono was designed in the style of traditional Italian restaurants and serves delicious, authentic food in a welcoming setting. The menu offers salads, meat and cheese boards, several meat entrees, and traditional pasta dishes like spaghetti puttanesca and linguine with clams in a white wine sauce. Only the best San Marzano tomatoes are used in the restaurant and many ingredients are imported from Italy, including cheese, olives, salami, and pastas. All of the wines served come from Italy as well, and the restaurant is proud to offer homemade limoncello and fennelcello.
305 N Walker Ave, Oklahoma City, OK 73102, Phone: 405-702-7660
PortoFino's serves authentic Italian food at prices that won't break the bank, and the unique decor is centered around a pool featuring a large model ship. Much of the menu consists of pasta dishes like baked ziti and linguine primavera, but salads, pizzas, cold or hot sandwiches, and chicken or veal dishes are offered as well. The restaurant is also proud of its fresh seafood, and popular dishes include shrimp scampi, sautéed clams with garlic and linguine, and salmon piccata. Lunch is served from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesday to Sunday and specials start as low as $7.
4700 W Reno Ave, Oklahoma City, OK 73127, Phone: 405-601-8869
10.Rococo Restaurant & Fine Wine
© Rococo Restaurant & Fine Wine
With two different locations in Oklahoma City, Rococo Restaurant & Fine Wine is an upscale establishment with an intimate atmosphere. The Italian-inspired menu has a focus on fresh seafood, including specialty items like steamer clams and wild salmon. Much of the menu changes seasonally, but it always offers two of the most popular dishes: the crab cakes and the clam chowder. The unique savory "cookies" are another Rococo specialty; expect to see flavors like smoked salmon, shrimp and spinach, or blue cheese. The menu also offers excellent pasta dishes, various meat entrees, and vegan and gluten-free options. Places to Visiti in Oklahoma
2824 N Pennsylvania Ave, Oklahoma City, OK 73107, Phone: 405-528-2824
© Spazio Ristorante
An excellent destination for authentic Italian food, Spazio Ristorante prides itself on its diverse menu and its freshly prepared food. Offerings include appetizers, salads, pizzas, and pasta dishes like traditional spaghetti with meatballs and lobster ravioli. Diners can also choose from a wide range of chicken, veal, steak, and seafood entrees as well as several vegetarian options. Everything on the menu is made onsite, including the sauces, the pizzas, and the decadent desserts.
10600 S Pennsylvania Ave, Oklahoma City, OK 73170, Phone: 405-378-3375
Inspired by the love of food that owner Lori Burson found while she was studying abroad in Italy, Stella is a neighborhood restaurant that offers excellent food and an enjoyable, relaxed atmosphere. The decor is warm and inviting and the restaurant is centered around the wood-fired brick oven in which the pizzas are cooked. The menu changes with the season, but guests can always expect to see a selection of sharing plates, soups and salads, wood-fired pizzas, pasta dishes, and meat entrees. The restaurant also regularly hosts special events like holiday brunches, wine dinners, and an annual fine dining truffle dinner.
1201 N Walker Ave, Oklahoma City, OK 73103, Phone: 405-235-2200
© The Wedge
The Wedge Pizzeria was the first wood-fired pizza joint in Oklahoma City and all of the high-quality food is made fresh daily. The menu offers an excellent range of appetizers, salads, gourmet brick-oven pizzas, pasta dishes, and desserts. Build-your-own pizzas are also available and guests can choose from a wide range of toppings, including traditional options like pepperoni and mushrooms as well as more unique choices like figs and cashew ricotta. Both indoor and outdoor seating is available and guests are even given the opportunity to enjoy a round of bocce, Italy’s favorite game.
230 N.E. 1st ST, Oklahoma City, OK 73104, Phone: 405-270-0660
14.Venezia Italian Ristorante
© Venezia Italian Ristorante
Opened in 2011, Venezia Italian Ristorante offers authentic Italian cuisine and an excellent selection of red and white wines. The restaurant is family owned and operated, and it gladly welcomes guests of all ages. An incredible selection of menu options is available, including appetizers, salads, hot and cold subs, calzones, pasta dishes, and hand-tossed New York style pizzas that are fully customizable. Meat entrees include everything from chicken to veal to seafood to steak, and the children's menu offers an excellent variety of affordable pasta dishes. All food is prepared from scratch onsite without frozen or premade ingredients.
201 S Sooner Road, Del City, Oklahoma 73110, Phone: 405-702-7773
Vito's Ristorante was opened in 2004 by Cathy, a passionate chef whose family has been in the Italian restaurant business for generations. Cathy began working in her parent's restaurant when she was only 12 years old, and all of the food served here is prepared using traditional family recipes. The menu offers appetizers, salads, and pasta dishes, many of which are made unforgettable by Cathy's own red sauce (known as “sugo”). There are also a number of classic Italian chicken, steak, and fish entrees, and house specialties include eggplant parmesan and breaded shrimp served over pasta.
7521 North May Avenue Oklahoma City, OK 73116, Phone: 405-848-4867
© Caffe' Pranzo
Caffe' Pranzo first opened in 1996 and it has developed a reputation for providing authentic Italian food at reasonable prices. The restaurant boasts a relaxed, casual atmosphere with a bit of fine dining flair and the food is prepared using only the best quality ingredients. The recipes are left simple to honor their traditional Italian heritage. Lunch specials include salads, sandwiches, and pasta dishes and the dinner menu offers a variety of starters, soups, salads, and pizzas. Traditional pastas are available with your choice of sauce and the restaurant's signature dishes include shrimp picatta, baked tortellini, and chicken portobello risotto. Things to Do in OKlahoma City
9622 N May Ave, Oklahoma City, OK 73120, Phone: 405-755-3577
Opened in 1985, Flip’s Wine Bar & Trattoria is a simple Italian-American restaurant that serves classic comfort food in a friendly environment. Everything is prepared in-house and the menu offers everything from soups and salads to specialty pizzas and sandwiches and calzones. Specialties include lobster ravioli, chicken lasagna, and gnocchi served in a pesto cream sauce, and three-course specials with soup and salad are available with select pasta dishes.
5801 N Western Ave, Oklahoma City, OK 73118, Phone: 405-843-1527
© Italia Express
A well-known institution in the Oklahoma City community, Italia Express Pizza & Pasta is known for its top-notch food and friendly service. The restaurant specializes in traditional Italian cuisine with a modern twist and all dishes are prepared using only fresh, high-quality ingredients. The menu offers salads, pizzas, pasta dishes, calzones, stromboli, and subs. Economical family-style dinners such as lasagna and fettuccine alfredo are also available; these serve four to six people. A wide variety of pasta specials are offered at lunch and delivery is offered during peak lunch and dinner hours throughout the week.
2800 N Classen Blvd #108, Oklahoma City, OK 73106, Phone: 405-702-8072
Located in the trendy Arts District, Joey's Pizzeria prides itself on its fresh ingredients, wide variety of menu options, and excellent food quality. The menu offers a wide variety of appetizers, salads, toasted subs, baked pasta dishes, and pizzas; some pastas can be made gluten-free upon request. Pizzas come with the option of thin crust, Chicago hand-tossed, or deep dish, and guests can choose from the restaurant's specialty pizzas or design their own with up to five toppings. Several lunch specials are available and the restaurant offers a beer and pizza special on Oklahoma Thunder game nights.
700 W Sheridan Ave, Oklahoma City, OK 73102, Phone: 405-525-8503
© Knuck's Wheelhouse
Located in a former warehouse, Knuck's Wheelhouse is a pizzeria that serves pizzas with clever names and creative topping combos. The pizza dough is made with the local Coop Native Amber beer and all sauces and dressings are made from scratch onsite. Guests can also design their own pizza creations by choosing from a wide range of sauces, meats, cheeses, and other toppings. Several appetizers and salads are also available, so expect to see unique options like duck fat truffle fries or pork rinds sprinkled with ghost pepper salt. Take-out is available and can be ordered over the phone or online.
103 E California Ave, Oklahoma City, OK 73104, Phone: 405-605-4422
21.Papa Dio's Italian Restaurant & Wine Bar
© Papa Dio's Italian Restaurant & Wine Bar
Family-owned and operated, Papa Dio's Italian Restaurant & Wine Bar is the oldest family-owned Italian restaurant in Oklahoma. The restaurant is divided into two parts: the fine dining wine bar side and the "family-style" side that offers a more casual experience. Popular menu items include the restaurant's signature deep-fried pizza, baked pasta dishes like lasagna and manicotti, and Dio's famous spaghetti with red sauce and meatballs. The restaurant has been using the same recipe for this since 1979 and their red sauce is so popular that they've made it available for purchase in take-home jars.
10712 N May Ave, Oklahoma City, OK 73120, Phone: 405-755-2255
22.Revolve Pizza Kitchen
© Revolve Pizza Kitchen
Named in honor of its two custom-built revolving brick ovens, Revolve is a casual counter-order style restaurant that specializes in gourmet pizzas. Diners choose everything from the crust to the sauce to the toppings, but several delicious signature pizzas are available as well. All pizzas are fired in the open kitchen's brick oven, and the process only takes a few minutes. Pastas and salads are also available and these are fully customizable as well. Happy hour takes place from 3 p.m. until 5 p.m. Monday to Friday, and kids eat for free every Wednesday after 5 p.m.
5500 W Memorial Rd, Oklahoma City, OK 73142, Phone: 405-792-2858
Established in 2001, Sophabella's is an excellent place to enjoy authentic Italian-American cuisine. The extensive menu offers everything from baked gnocchi to Italian chicken roulade and the food menu is complemented by a wine list consisting of more than 80 different wines. Many dishes are made from family recipes and all pastas, sauces, doughs, and desserts are made fresh from scratch. Nightly specials are offered throughout the week, such as all-you-can-eat spaghetti and meatballs on Tuesdays. Two semi-private dining rooms are available for special occasions and the patio makes for an excellent outdoor dining experience.
7628 N May Ave, Oklahoma City, OK 73116, Phone: 405-879-0100
24.Tommy's Italian American Grill
© Tommy's Italian American Grill
True to its name, Tommy's Italian American Grill serves authentic Italian-American food in a comfortable, welcoming space. The restaurant is open for lunch and dinner every day and guests can choose from a wide variety of appetizers, salads, pasta dishes, sandwiches, meat entrees, and traditional wood-fired pizzas made in a brick oven. The weekends bring the opportunity for brunch, with special menu items like pecan-encrusted French toast and a five-egg Italian omelet. Private spaces are available for special events and, if it's a nice day, guests can dine outside on the patio or the rooftop.
5516 W Memorial Rd, Oklahoma City, OK 73142, Phone: 405-470-5577
25.Upper Crust Wood Fired Pizza
© Upper Crust Wood Fired Pizza
Decorated in an earthy Napa Valley style, Upper Crust specializes in delicious thin-crust pizzas that are baked to perfection in their two wood-fired brick ovens. Diners can choose from one of the options on the menu or customize a pizza to their liking by choosing from a wide range of sauces, cheeses, and other toppings. Gluten-free crusts are also available. In addition to pizzas, there is a selection of Italian-inspired starters, soups, salads, sandwiches, and meat entrees. Special combo deals on pizzas and alcohol are offered every day between 4 p.m. and 6:30 p.m.
5860 N Classen Blvd., Oklahoma City, OK 73118, Phone: 405-842-7743
25 Best Italian Restaurants in Oklahoma City
- Bella Vista, Photo: Bella Vista
- Bellini's Ristorante & Grill, Photo: Bellini's Ristorante & Grill
- Cafe 7 Delicatessen and Pastaria, Photo: Cafe 7 Delicatessen and Pastaria
- Gabriella's Italian Grill & Pizzeria, Photo: Gabriella's Italian Grill & Pizzeria
- Pizzeria Gusto, Photo: Pizzeria Gusto
- Moni's Pasta and Pizza, Photo: Moni's Pasta and Pizza
- Oliveto Italian Bistro, Photo: Oliveto Italian Bistro
- Patrono, Photo: Patrono
- PortoFino's, Photo: PortoFino's
- Rococo Restaurant & Fine Wine, Photo: Rococo Restaurant & Fine Wine
- Spazio Ristorante, Photo: Spazio Ristorante
- Stella, Photo: Stella
- The Wedge, Photo: The Wedge
- Venezia Italian Ristorante, Photo: Venezia Italian Ristorante
- Vito's, Photo: Vito's
- Caffe' Pranzo, Photo: Caffe' Pranzo
- Flip's, Photo: Flip's
- Italia Express, Photo: Italia Express
- Joey's, Photo: Joey's
- Knuck's Wheelhouse, Photo: Knuck's Wheelhouse
- Papa Dio's Italian Restaurant & Wine Bar, Photo: Papa Dio's Italian Restaurant & Wine Bar
- Revolve Pizza Kitchen, Photo: Revolve Pizza Kitchen
- Sophabella's, Photo: Sophabella's
- Tommy's Italian American Grill, Photo: Tommy's Italian American Grill
- Upper Crust Wood Fired Pizza, Photo: Upper Crust Wood Fired Pizza
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