Oliveto Italian Bistro’s Tuscan-inspired menu contains dishes with artisan ingredients and 20 bottles of wine under $25. In the kitchen, chefs move around stock pots with sauce made from scratch and cast-iron skillets with citrus cedar-plank salmon. Pizzas are constructed from artisanal dough that is made in-house daily, and the whole-milk cheese layered onto them is melted during a quick tenure in a brick oven. Out in the dining room, patrons can pair pastas and pan-seared tilapia with wines from California and Italy or cocktails infused with fruity flavors. In addition to eating good food, patrons at Oliveto are also fulfilling a good act: a portion of each sale is donated to the Tulsa Sooner Chapter of the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation.
Camille Rutkauskas and her husband, David, glanced at the Tulsa mall's food court and its predictable litany of fast-food options. That's when an idea struck?why not open a place that's the antithesis of all of this? With that, the couple opened Camille's Sidewalk Caf?, a place focused on fresh coastal- and Mediterranean-inspired food, fresh baked goods, and fruit smoothies. With a menu highlighted by made-to-order wraps and paninis with ingredients such as brie, herb-garlic tortillas, and pesto mayo, the couple's vision propelled Camille's Sidewalk Caf? to a franchise with locations in nearly 30 states, as well as Puerto Rico, the Middle East, and the Banana Republic.
Years ago, Angelo Aloisio emigrated to New York City from Abruzzi, Italy, and soon became an executive chef. Inspired by his father, Lou Aloisio opened the original Mondo’s Ristorante Italiano in 1969.
Much has changed since opening day, including the addition of Lou's sons Mike and Rob to his staff. But the Aloisio family recipes, the very ones that made the eatery such a local hit, remain a guiding force behind the menu. It delights taste buds with such dishes as housemade meatballs atop spaghetti and the Abruzzi by the Sea (shrimp, scallops, and mussels over linguini), which offers a taste of the Aloisio family's origins.