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 Café, 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 Café to a franchise with locations in nearly 30 states, as well as Puerto Rico, the Middle East, and the Banana Republic.
After being grown on the owner's family's El Salvador coffee plantation, Topéca coffee is then shipped directly to its coffeehouse downtown in the Mayo Hotel, where it is roasted fresh daily by the roast-master to ensure full flavor and complexity. While the coffeehouse's socially and environmentally friendly practices feed your soul and quench your thirst for justice, Topéca's menu takes care of your more tangible needs. Sample any of the daily roasts with a double macchiato ($2.80) plus a French press full of bean juice ($5 for a medium, $7.50 large), along with an iced latte ($3.20, $3.70, $4.10) for coffee-dessert. If your body requires fuel other than caffeine, let your tongue try on a cinnamon and honey crêpe ($4.95), or have a ham and brie panini with apricot preserves, its contents slipped comfortably between two luscious slices of wheatberry bread and then mercilessly pressed between the scorching sheets of fiery-grill metal ($6.50). Topéca Coffee, named for the original Arabica coffee bean called "Typica," also sells bags of whole-bean coffee for home-brewed delights ($8.99), enabling you to trace the origins of your cup contents no matter where you're drinking it.
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.
The baristas at Nordaggio's Coffee have a passion for Arabica beans. Like sommeliers, they analyze the beans' characteristics before roasting them with vintage apparatus and brewing them into fragrant coffee or steamy lattes. Visitors to the café can choose from an array of blends, including chocolaty Espresso Divino, earthy Nox Atra, or Afroguatran, a blend of East African, Guatemalan, and Indonesian java.
Husband and wife team David and Jinny Enkey man the stations at The Mocha Café, where they rouse dormant sensory receptors with aromatic cups of java brewed with numu beans roasted in Oklahoma City. The independent coffeehouse’s lineup of creamy, flavored lattes and teas funnels down food-chutes alongside crisp salads, fresh pastries, and hand-dipped chocolate espresso beans. Visitors can enjoy their brews at tables adorned with candy-apple-red tablecloths or kick back on vintage couches and admire local artwork, listen to occasional live music, or play board games against neighbors to settle disputes over property lines.