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.
The chefs at the locally owned and operated All American Pizza bake up classic and specialty pies adorned with toppings to please many tastes. Meaty morsels include pepperoni, sausage, bacon, and beef, and pieces of colorful produce include green peppers, black olives, tomatoes, and pineapple. The alfredo-chicken specialty pizza transports sliceholders to Italy, and the hawaiian pizza ferries the salty-tangy combo of canadian bacon and pineapple to taste buds. Calzones keep their cheesy fillings and love of rom-coms hidden inside a golden-brown crust, which dunks gracefully into a side of marinara sauce.