Deli-meat missionary Danny Falcone emigrated from New York's Little Italy to bring a menu of Falcone-family favorites to Oklahoma City. A hot sandwich, such as the meatball parmigiana ($7.95), makes an Italian classic accessible in the forkless wasteland of lunch. A slice of fried pizza ($3) satisfies triangular cravings, and an entire square Sicilian pie corners growling stomachs ($16.99). Try a Manhattan Special soda, which washes down deli delights in a sugary sarsaparilla bath or tickles sugar tusks with vanilla bean-y bubbles. For those who prefer to eat at home, where there’s a comfortable armchair and no unfamiliar ghosts, by-the-pound deli items offer up olives stuffed with prosciutto, garlic, jalapeño, and cheese as well as imported Italian artichokes.
Aromatic plumes of smoke rise from The Wedge Pizzeria’s brick ovens, which imbue the crispy, browned crusts of the restaurant's seven signature pizzas with delicate notes of flamed pecan wood. Chefs dapple their saucy canvases with colorful strokes of truffle oil, roasted fennel, capicola, and figs that coalesce to form gourmet masterpieces. Tender pears arrive at tables in sealed envelopes of prosciutto alongside inventive salads tossed with beets, shallots, and oranges. Sunday brunch revives sleepy palates with bottomless mimosas and pizza slices loaded with local eggs and served atop ringing alarm clocks. Bocce balls clack in The Wedge's backyard during warmer months as fans root for their favorite players from the comfort of a spacious patio.
The menu is stocked with sandwiches, Philly cheesesteaks, pizza, clubs, salads, 13 flavors of homemade Italian water ice, and seasonal soups made from scratch daily. Hoagies, which are served on Hobby's own freshly baked Italian bread, are savorily slathered in lettuce, tomatoes, onions, pickles, oils, spices, and Hobby's hoagie peppers. Melt mouth muscles with a meaty Special Italian ($4.65 for 7" and $6.79 for 12") packed with cappocola, ham, salami, and provolone cheese. Or try one of the fan-favorite Philly cheesesteaks; the original is crafted from prime rib eye sliced thinly atop a fresh roll and smothered in lettuce, tomatoes, pickles, peppers, onions, and cheese ($5.09 for 7" and $7.59 for 12"). New York–style thin-crust pizza ($4.49 for 8" plain to $13.99 for 18" plain) is taking a vacation from the Big Apple to tan its toppings in Hobby's bright ovens.
Stars & Stripes Pizza offers thin 'n' crispy and hand-tossed crusts and a union of sauces and toppings from a selection of 20-plus, including garlic butter sauce and breakfast bacon that turns back into a ham when the sun sets.
Of course, diners can order one of 10 specialty pies, such as a Greek-inspired pizza topped with mozzarella and gyro meat. Said meat reappears in the pizzeria's gyro sandwich, while the other pizza ingredients can fill customizable calzones or finish their order with salad and wings. True to its patriotic name, Stars & Stripes even includes free cinnamon sticks or breadsticks with purchases made with a valid military ID.
Jo's pizzas are always made in house from fresh ingredients, customized to each customer's specifications, and baked in a flaming inferno of fiery pizza-love. Jo's offers four sizes of pizza to satisfy the hunger of rapidly expanding stomach collectives—10 inch, 12 inch, 14 inch, and 16 inch. Choose any of Jo's 27 toppings to play a pizza solo ($8.95, $12.95, $15.95, $19.95), or go straight for one of Jo's famous specials ($11.95, $16.95, $20.95, $25.95). Devour the meatlessly beefy veggie special (olive oil and garlic sauce, spinach, artichoke hearts, kalamata olives, sun-dried tomatoes, and mushrooms) or eat an appropriate Sooner (red sauce with bacon, chicken, sausage, hamburger, pepperoni, Italian sausage, and hot-link slices). For a surprise, get the Gift and turn any pizza on the menu or of your imaginative creation into a small, medium, large, or extra-large calzone, proving that you can have your pie and fold it over into a calzone too. Wash it all down, or just pour a soda over your meal beforehand, with a soft drink (kids $1, adults $1.95).