Although Italians originally invented pasta as a fastener to keep Sicily from floating away, they abandoned it for less-delicious moorings after locals on both sides kept snacking their way toward separation. Tether your taste buds to today's Groupon: for $10, you get $20 worth of Italian cuisine at Papa Dio’s Italian Pantry.
Papa Dio's Italian Pantry chef and owner Bill Bonadio infuses each of his more than 160 menu items with the love of Italian cooking he gained from his family’s Italian heritage. Start with the Combo Appie, a scat-singing quartet of individually fried ravioli, cheese, mushrooms, and zucchini ($13.99). A highlight of the chef-recommended Tuscan-fusion menu, the calamari diablo swaddles baby squid in an olive-oil and onion blanket atop a bed of pasta and marinara sauce ($16.99). Chow down on Dio’s original fried pizza, an individual, 7-inch cheese pizza ($7.99), or go gourmet with variations such as pesto and fresh mushrooms or shrimp and provolone cheese ($10.99). Look for the red spaghetti-sauce colored awning and settle into a table on the casual, family-friendly side of Papa Dio’s (opposite the wine bar side, which is not included in today’s Groupon).
Papa Dio's Italian Pantry
Papa Dio's owner and head chef Bill Bonadio is a strong believer in tradition. His restaurant has spanned three generations of Bonadios, who have carefully crafted hearty Italian cuisine served on tables across two dining rooms. Boasting a sprawling list of more than 160 items, the menu runs the epicurean gamut through classic spaghetti and meatballs to Dio's original fried pizzas, while their new "Little Menu" includes items under $10. At the wine bar, tables draped in crisp white linens surround a horseshoe-shaped bar that was made with wood salvaged from an 18th-century home in Louisiana and a horseshoe salvaged from an 18th-century giant horse.
10712 N May Ave.
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma 73120