• Tulsa's best Italian restaurants

    By: Cox Media Group National Content Desk


    For those looking for Tulsa's best Italian restaurant, it's impossible to name just one. Many of Tulsa's Italian restaurants are family-owned and have been operating for generations, featuring recipes that have been lovingly handed down over the years.

    You'll also be able to find an Italian restaurant that suits your mood, whether you'd like to dine in a friendly bistro or enjoy a more upscale atmosphere.

    Here's a guide to the best Tulsa Italian restaurants.

    Villa Ravenna Fine Dining
    6526-A East 51st St. (at the Farm Shopping Center)

    Villa Ravenna is owned and operated by the Orioli family, which has been in the restaurant business for three generations. They serve authentic Italian dishes in an atmosphere that includes décor with vases that were hand blown in Murano, Italy. As the restaurant's name indicates, the restaurant aims for a fine dining atmosphere, and it serves traditional Italian favorites and homemade pastas as well as specials, such as carbonara pasta with seafood and lobster, that are changed frequently.

    Mondo's Ristorante Italiano
    3410 S. Peoria Ave.

    The first Mondo's was opened in 1969 by the Aloisio family, and eight members of the family still work at the restaurant today. The entrees are made from old family recipes, and family photographs grace the walls. You'll find all the traditional Italian favorites here, including manicotti, rigatoni, lasagna and a three-meat pasta combo, all well-prepared and served in generous portions.

    Dalesandro's Italian Cuisine
    1742 S. Boston Ave.

    Dalesandro's is also family-owned, and it's a friendly bistro where the chef/owner is likely to come to your table to say hello. The menu consists of plenty of the owner's grandma's recipes. Popular favorites include the six-layer monster portion of lasagna, as well as the swordfish piccata, which is served on a bed of angel-hair pasta with a white wine and lemon sauce.

    Ti Amo Ristorante Italiano
    6024 S. Sheridan Road
    219 South Cheyenne Ave.

    Ti Amo creates an atmosphere of Old World charm in which you can enjoy traditional and decadent Italian/American dishes. Stuffed and baked pasta dishes are available, in addition to veal, steaks, seafood and pizza. If you can't decide on which pasta dish to order, try the pasta mista, which is a medley of cannelloni, lasagna, fettuccini alfredo and a meatball. Make sure to save room for tiramisu torte or mocha velvet or crème brulee cheesecake.

    427 S. Boston Ave.

    Tavolo has the feel of an urban Italian restaurant with a cozy, casual atmosphere. It's known for its house-made pasta and is popular with diners who are planning to enjoy a show at the Performing Arts Center (PAC). Tavolo is located near the PAC and has a special tasting menu for patrons to enjoy with plenty of time to arrive before their shows. Reasonably priced lunch specials are available, including Italian dishes such as gnocchi, crispy chicken Marsala and grilled chicken Alfredo as well as Italian sandwiches. The dinner menu features pasta and risotto dishes to which you can add your choice of chicken, shrimp or Italian sausage.

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