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Best Italian

We went on a quest that took us through mountains of pasta, gallons of gravy, plates of pizza, and more Limoncello than can be healthy. Here are the 40 greatest spots to eat Italian food in Green Country.

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Michele Chiappetta and Rob Harmon
Published
September 28, 2019 3:18 AM

America’s insane love affair with its Italian cuisine is as alive and kicking as ever. Green Country’s enthusiastic restaurant scene is evidence of that. If you don’t think Tulsans appreciate Italian cooking, think again. We love it all — pizza out the wazoo; plate after plate of bruschetta; lasagna layer upon layer; spicy meatballs; veal parmigiana — all served with tons of zesty Italian sausage and garlic, garlic and, dare we say, more garlic. Let’s not forget all our favorite cheeses piled on top — provolone, gorgonzola, ricotta, and mozzarella, to name just a few.

Is your mouth watering yet? Well, let us tempt you with what comes after you eat your dinner. We’re talking the good stuff, like cannolis, gelato, and zeppoles. These are desserts we thank the heavens for. And remember, you can top it all off with excellent Italian wine, amaretto, Sambuca or a quick shot of espresso.

So what were our classifications for an Italian restaurant? A prevalence of Italian or Italian-inspired dishes on the menu? Of course. We were OK with pizzerias. We were also good with restaurants that are Italian-inspired. A great Italian restaurant has many of the same standards that make any restaurant great: impeccable service, high-quality food sourced from the finest purveyors, creative-yet-classic preparation and craftsmanship, and an overall experience that leaves you happy and content in the fact that you just ate a world-class meal.

Some of our favorite Italian restaurants made their reputations on outstanding wine lists. Others go beyond Tuscan or Roman cuisine to acquaint diners with the pleasures of culinary traditions from other regions of the boot-shaped country.

What’s certain is that each of these 40 restaurants is a destination worth checking off your list.

Does it get any better than feeling like you just sat down to an authentic Italian dinner on the Lower West Side of New York City? At Mondo’s family-run restaurant, that’s pretty much what you get in Tulsa’s “Lower” Brookside on Peoria.
Does it get any better than feeling like you just sat down to an authentic Italian dinner on the Lower West Side of New York City? At Mondo’s family-run restaurant, that’s pretty much what you get in Tulsa’s “Lower” Brookside on Peoria.

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Andolini's Pizzeria
1522 E. 15th St. | Tulsa
500 Riverwalk Terrace | Jenks
12140 E. 96th St. | Owasso
222 S. Main St. | Broken Arrow

Uniquely and exceptionally crafted pizza and pasta are what you get with every visit to any of the Andolini’s locations. Of course, their outstanding food truck is fantastic as well. The sensational pizzas contain the choicest ingredients, matching an already fantastic dining experience with exceptional service. Mouth-watering garlic knots or fresh bruschetta, for starters, are wonderful in and of themselves. Baked pasta, strombolis, calzones, and more fill the menu to the brim, which is how you’ll always feel at this incredible restaurant.
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Bobby O's Slices + Pies
1502 E. 11th St. | Tulsa

A vital part of Tulsa’s Meadow Gold District, Bobby O’s took an auto shop built in 1939 and transformed it into a lively restaurant that serves up classic pizza. You’ll enjoy huge slices cut from thin-crust 24-inch pies, just like you might in New York City. What makes Bobby O’s stand out is the great variety of toppings to choose from, a plethora of meats, veggies and cheeses from the traditional red sauce, pepperoni and mozzarella to andouille sausage, capocollo, blue cheese, carrots, and more. There are also gluten-free options, calzones, breadsticks, and salads to enjoy. Signature topping combos include the Roasted Root 66 (caramelized onions, Italian sausage, and feta), Homeslice (pepperoni, roasted red peppers, Romano, spinach, and feta), and Queen of Savoy (Roma tomatoes, basil, Romano, and mozzarella).
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Carrabba's Italian Grill
11021 E. 71st St. | Tulsa

Any day of the week is special at Carrabba’s Italian Grill, but check this out: After 3 p.m. on Mondays, you can have your choice of three different entrées, along with a salad and a dessert for a great price. On Tuesdays, Carabba’s breaks out some of the restaurant founder’s favorite dishes, including the succulent chicken piccata with lemon sauce. Serious yum. Try Wednesday evening’s hard-to-beat deals on pizza and wine. Then, of course, there’s Sunday, where you can enjoy endless glasses of blackberry, peach or red sangria all day for $12.99 when you purchase an entrée.
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Cheri Ann's Trattoria
423 N. Main St. | Broken Arrow

In Broken Arrow’s Rose District, Cheri Ann’s Trattoria awaits your visit. Its charming, colorful building with its cozy seating is reminiscent of what you might find in a little village in Europe, but the meals are what you’d expect anywhere in modern America. The menu is simple and reliable, with choices like spaghetti and meatballs, farfalle with white cream sauce, a house flatbread, chicken parmigiana, and a few other treats you’ll want to try. It’s only open for dinner Tuesday through Saturday, and during the afternoon on Sundays, so be sure to plan your visit carefully so that you don’t miss out.
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Elgin Park
325 E. M.B. Brady St. | Tulsa

You’ll enjoy watching sports to your heart’s content on any one of Elgin Park’s huge televisions, but don’t think that’s all this place is about. The pizza and Italian dishes rival anything else in town. Among our favorites is the white clam pizza, a clam and pecorino delight. The traditional New Haven or barbecue bacon pizzas are just as fabulous. Grab yourself an Italian sandwich with mortadella, capicola, salami, pepperoni, pepperoncini aioli, lettuce, tomato, onion, all on toasted sourdough bread and you will be in heaven. Try any number of local brews and, baby, you’re set.
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Hideaway Pizza
100 SW Frank Phillips Blvd. | Bartlesville
7877 E. 51st St. | Tulsa
1150 N. 9th St. | Broken Arrow
1419 E. 15th St. | Tulsa
5966 S. Yale Ave. | Tulsa
12903 E. 96th St. | Owasso
10461 S. Memorial Dr. | Tulsa
7549 S. Olympia Ave. | Tulsa

A Tulsa favorite of locals, Hideaway Pizza is a staple restaurant when you want reliable pizza and Italian food that sticks closely to American standards. The sauce is made fresh daily, and you can choose from 26 specialty and seasonal pies, meaning there’s something tempting for just about everyone. Fans love the fried mushroom appetizer. Beyond classics like pepperoni and Sicilian pizzas, you can enjoy Tulsa-area specials like the Hurricane, which tops thick crust with Hideaway red sauce, cheddar, mozzarella, regular bacon, Canadian bacon, green bell pepper, jalapeno, and pineapple. Or try some of the baked pasta dishes, like the Bac’n Chick’n Mac’N’ Cheese — an Oklahoma classic if ever there was one.
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Incredible Pizza
8314 E. 71st St. | Tulsa

How much fun can a person have eating pizza and playing games in one place? We’re pretty sure you already know if you’ve tried America’s Incredible Pizza before. Not only do they have a crazy-cool arcade of electronic games, but these guys also have an indoor roller coaster, for goodness’ sake. The entire 150-item food buffet is full of all kinds of American-style Italian food, including their incredible pizza. Special order a gluten-free pizza with all the toppings of your choice and you will thank us. It’s so good. Enjoy birthdays and special events all while eating fantastic pizza and having an absolute blast.
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Mondo's Ristorante Italian
3410 S. Peoria Ave. | Tulsa

Does it get any better than feeling like you just sat down to an authentic Italian dinner on the Lower West Side of New York City? At Mondo’s family-run restaurant, that’s pretty much what you get in Tulsa’s “Lower” Brookside on Peoria. Mondo’s homemade ravioli or baked tortellini are sure to take your taste buds straight back to the old country, or at the very least, the Big Apple. Customer favorites include the hero sandwiches, lasagna, the antipasto (which is generously portioned), and the pizzas, which are wood-fired and tasty. Don’t forget a cannoli for dessert. The filling is authentically Italian in style, and the pastry is filled just before serving so that it retains its crispy exterior. The meal portions are ample and satisfying, just like you’d get from an Italian grandmother. Menu items like salad and bread are included with meals, rather than extras.
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Napa Flats Wood-Fired Kitchen
9912 Riverside Parkway | Tulsa

Napa Flats is casually elegant, warmly sophisticated, and ideal for a night out with friends or loved ones. Located on the east bank of the Arkansas River, across from the Jenks Aquarium, the scenery provides diners with a peaceful view. There’s even an outdoor seating area which features lush landscaping and an up-close outlook onto the river. Owner John Crancer actively walks the dining room floor to make sure his customers are happy. That adds up to impeccable service, a beautiful and comfortable dining area, and delicious pizzas, pasta and more. Most dishes feature something baked or seared in the kitchen’s wood-fire pizza oven and grill. Pair anything with a fabulous Chianti, pinot noir, Prosecco or other Italian wine, and you’ll be golden. The Angus steaks at Napa Flats are grilled to perfection and served with delicious garlic mashed potatoes, roasted green beans, and Argentine-style chimichurri sauce.
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Naples Flatbread Kitchen and Bar
201 S. Denver Ave. | Tulsa

Want sandwiches done a notch above the average deli? Head on over to Naples, which serves up delightfully inventive flatbreads with Italian flair. Try some cheesy Alfredo bread or Italian chili for starters, and then explore the flatbread menu, which features options like the Spinarti (spinach, marinated artichokes, caramelized onions, blistered grape tomatoes, ricotta, mozzarella, and balsamic glaze). They also serve pizzas, calzones, salads, paninis, burgers, mac ‘n’ cheeses, and pasta dishes.
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ol'Vine
3523 S. Peoria Ave. | Tulsa

In the heart of Tulsa’s Brookside District, ol’Vine offers California-inspired, seasonal food prepared on a wood-fire grill, all in a pleasantly open, bright dining room sandwiched between two of the best patios in town. It’s a surefire recipe for a great dining experience. Every recipe on the menu is influenced by owner Don Jones’ approach to cooking, meaning you get “layers of flavors” in every bite. Customers can expect fresh takes on classic Sonoma dishes like citrus and garlic chicken, tomato bisque, and pasta primavera, as well as wild mushroom gnocchi, wood-grilled Angus filet, and salmon tamales served with sweet corn relish. Customers can mix and match the main dish of their choice with selections from a sizable list of tasty sides, so that every time you sit down, you can craft the meal of your choosing. The wine and drink selection has been carefully curated by Jones and his team to pair well with meals.
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Prossimo Ristorante
1550 E. 15th St. | Tulsa

The mood is intimate, making Prossimo Ristorante a perfect spot for a date night or special family gathering, and the food is all made to order. The emphasis on high-end service and preparation is beyond fabulous. No matter what you order, know that the chefs use authentic cooking methods. The menu provides a tour of Italy, with meats, fish, and veggies inspired by the country’s Amalfi Coast. Before you dig into the entrée selections, you need to try the tableside fresh mozzarella. In addition to beautifully presented and tasting pasta dishes, including duck confit ravioli and spaghetti with Sunday gravy, the Cherry Street destination has plenty of options from land and sea. For those looking for something not found in many of the area’s Italian restaurants, check out the grilled octopus with sausage or giant prawn with jalapeno pesto. Meat dishes include veal chop parmigiana, pork chop marsala, and roast chicken verde.
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Roni Peppo's
Osage Casino Hotel | 951 W. 36th St. | Tulsa

Next time you take a trip out to Tulsa’s Osage Casino Hotel for some gaming or a concert, why not make time for a meal at one of their restaurants? When you’re craving pizza, visit Roni Peppo’s. It’s fun for the whole family. Design a custom pizza with your choice of regular or gluten-free crust topped with a variety of options in cheeses, sauce, meats, and veggies. You can also choose from soups, salads, and sub sandwiches. And you can fit in plenty of fun before and after because the casino has so much to offer.
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Slice
Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Tulsa | 777 W. Cherokee St. | Catoosa

Grab yourself some pizza by the slice or snag an entire pie for you and your friends at Slice, Hard Rock Casino’s delicious pizza parlor. Ask anyone who’s tried it; this pizza is darn good. The crust has just the right amount of both crunch and doughiness to it. The sauce tastes so fresh, you’d think they grow the tomatoes out back. And the meat and cheese have so much flavor, you’ll have a hard time eating one piece.  
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Tavolo
427 S. Boston Ave. | Tulsa

The freshly made pasta will make you a Tavolo believer. Try it in the linguine and meatballs, one of the most popular dishes on the menu. The fresh pasta adds a hearty texture, and the meatballs must be seen — and tasted — to be believed. Fantastic is a word that can get overused fast when discussing the menu at Tavolo. Crispy chicken Marsala? Fantastic. The spaghetti Bolognese? Fantastic. The flatbreads? Fresh and fantastic. For another dish as beautiful as it is delicious, consider the linguine carbonara. A generous serving of Tavolo’s fresh linguini with pancetta and broccolini in a rich, creamy carbonara sauce surround a perfect, golden egg yolk. It’s like a sunrise you can eat, and every bit as warm and pretty. Another standout menu star is the garlic herb chicken.
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Ti Amo Ristorante
6024-A S. Sheridan Road | Tulsa   219 S. Cheyenne Ave. | Tulsa

Tulsans are quite familiar with Ti Amo’s award-winning cuisine and top-shelf wait staff. Whichever location you choose, the dining experience is just what you can expect from a high-end Italian kitchen. Some of the best bruschetta you’ll ever eat is brought out the moment you sit down, compliments of the house. Try the outstanding linguini pescatore or the delicious shrimp scampi. Any of their perfectly cooked and presented menu items will make your day. With a wine list that complements the menu, this is quite a choice for anyone wishing to have a truly Italian experience.  
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Also Check Out

Andolini's Sliced
114 S. Detroit Ave. | Tulsa

Biga
4329 S. Peoria Ave. | Tulsa

Dalesandro’s
1742 S. Boston Ave. | Tulsa

DaVinci Italian Restaurant
1958 OK-66 | Claremore

East Village Bohemian Pizzeria
818 E. 3rd St. | Tulsa

Francesco's
201 S. Brady St. | Claremore

Gino's
139 W. Shawnee St. | Muskogee

Jimmy's New York Pizzeria
7123 S. 92nd E. Ave. | Tulsa

Johnny Carino's
6364 E. 41st St. | Tulsa

La Roma
6027 S. Sheridan Road | Tulsa

Leona's Italian Restaurant
200 S. Broadway St. | Poteau

Luigi’s Italian Restaurant
104 E. Rogers Blvd. | Skiatook

Luigi’s Italian Restaurant
3822 E. Frank Phillips Blvd. | Bartlesville

Napoli's Italian Restaurant
28 E. Broadway St. | Sand Springs

NYC Pizza
4775 S. Harvard Ave. | Tulsa

Oliveto Italian Bistro
8922 S. Memorial Drive | Tulsa

Pete's Place
120 S. West 8th St. | Krebs

Pie Hole Pizzeria
2708 E. 15th St. | Tulsa

Roseanna's Italian Food
205 E. Washington St. | Krebs

Russo's Coal-Fired Italian Kitchen
8941 S. Yale Ave. | Tulsa

Savastano’s Pizzeria
8211 E. Regal Blvd. | Tulsa

Stonehorse Café
1748 Utica Square | Tulsa

Tucci’s
1344 E. 15th St. | Tulsa

Umberto’s
3147 S. Harvard Ave. | Tulsa

Uncle Vinny's
322 W. Kenosha St. | Broken Arrow

Upper Crust Wood Fired Pizza
9110 S. Yale Ave. | Tulsa

Villa Ravenna
6526 E. 51st St. | Tulsa

Zio's Italian Kitchen
7111 S. Mingo Road | Tulsa
8112 S. Lewis Ave. | Tulsa

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