Tucked away on Cherry Street in Tulsa is a little Italian restaurant that is sure to whisk you away to Italy. Prossimo Ristorante is open seven days a week for lunch and dinner and features gourmet Italian dishes that are some of the best we have ever tasted. Weekend brunch at Prossimo is very popular (partly due to their $2 mimosas) so if you visi...

As soon as a menu was presented to me during a recent visit to Il Seme, I knew the first thing to order was the arancini. Arancini are balls of rice, often made with leftover risotto and filled with cheese (although meats and vegetables can also be used), which have been breaded and fried until golden brown. At Il Seme, they come filled with ground...

It’s a rare thing for a more than 50-year-old restaurant to be a hot spot. But the opening of a new location for Mondo’s has brought with it buzz about the new building in Brookside along with nostalgia about meals eaten and occasions celebrated over the years. Walking into Mondo’s is like walking into a part of the Aloisio family home. It’s always...

Matteo Bernini from Livorno (Tuscany) is the world checkers champion after a challenge against the title holder, Lubabalo Kondlo from South Africa. The challenge in Tulsa, Oklahoma, began on April 25 for the assignment of the world title Gayp, Go as you please or free move. Twenty-two out of 24 matches were played. The Italian Matteo Bernini was al...

If you’ve been by Woodland Hills Mall, you may have noticed there’s a circus in town. It includes trapeze artists, acrobatics and contortion all performed around a unique stage. Cirque Italia travels across the country with performers from all over the world. The entire show happens on a stage filled with 35,000 gallons of water. Water rains down f...

In the list of the great Italian excellences who have found their fortune in America, one of the highest level names is that of Arturo Toscanini. A century has passed since an extraordinary event, an exceptional tour that saw him as a protagonist in America together with what would later become the orchestra of La Scala in Milan.  Today there is a...

Graffignana is a rural Italian city about 25 miles south of Milan. It has a population of about 2,500. But less than two decades ago, it was closer to 2,000, and Thunder forward Danilo Gallinari was one of them. “Everybody knows each other,” Gallianari said about his hometown. “It’s in between hills and trees and a lot of land.” Gallinari’s father,...

Lou Ferrigno may be best known for the title role in the hit television series, The Incredible Hulk, but before that, he was a world-class body builder and more recently, he’s been involved with law enforcement. I had the opportunity to interview him this past weekend at the Wizard World Comic Convention in Tulsa. Ferrigno said he turned to body bu...

A favorite neighborhood restaurant is celebrating a really big anniversary this month. Mondo’s Restaurant is 50 years old this month. Now located in the Brookside neighborhood, it opened in 1969 at 61st and South Peoria. Lou Aloisio opened the restaurant with recipes brought to American from Italy, by his father in 1920. He didn’t call it Aloisio’s...

Un lungo viaggio nell'America profonda alla ricerca dei discendenti di minatori, contadini e pescatori, emigrati più di un secolo fa per dare vita a comunità italiane in ogni angolo dell'enorme nazione che si aprì davanti ai loro occhi dopo lo sbarco a Ellis Island. Si intitola “Italian American Country” il progetto ideato e curato da Paolo Battagl...