TULSA — Tuck Curren, chef and owner of Biga Italian Restaurant in Tulsa, has a love of food.
A self-taught success, he has been in the industry for more than 30 years, including working in restaurants throughout college.
“The type of food I wanted was best created by myself,” Curren said.
He opened Biga nine years ago. Curren said he wanted to have a restaurant that had the feel of Italy while showcasing true Italian cuisine in Oklahoma.
“I try to cook from all 21 regions of Italy” he said.
To Curren, Italian cooking is all about fresh, simply prepared food.
Curren explained the best way to achieve that is by using seasonal and fresh foods in his cooking.
“We uses as good food as we can possibly get,” he said.
Curren gets much of his produce from farmers markets in Tulsa and has built a great relationship with producers and purveyors throughout the state. When the winter months set in, Curren receives a lot of produce from a farmers market in Dallas.
The food he receives is in direct correlation to the available market. He said that as the market grows for more organic and stainable produce, so will his supply in his restaurant.
“Every good chef wants to get the best product to serve” said Curren.
Curren takes a lot of inspiration in where food comes from.
“Most great food comes from poverty,” he said.
He explained how many sauces originally were created to cover up fowl meat. The sauces tasted so good they eliminated all traces of the poor quality of meats. Now, those sauces are used to enhance some of the highest quality products available.
Curren learned to cook by studying many of his 400 cookbooks. He often practiced cooking with his wife and learned many techniques from restaurants where he worked. Now he oversees a very successful restaurant of his own, more than capable of making any Italian proud while introducing true Italian cuisine to new customers.
Biga is a quaint restaurant with a maximum occupancy of around 70 people. The menu changes seasonally, featuring what is available. Curren also creates a list of specials that changes every two weeks. Biga is a neighborhood restaurant and Curren wants customers to be able to enjoy their favorite dish without seeing it disappear from the menu too quickly.
It is a fine-dining, white-table-cloth but affordable restaurant for everyone to enjoy. It is perfect for any special occasion but enjoyable on any day of the year.
Dishes include traditional Gnocchi with a thyme cream sauce and fontina cheese and Chicken Breast stuffed with goat cheese, walnuts, and dried cherries.
Dishes range anywhere from $13 to $25.
5 to 10 p.m. Tuesday to Saturday
5 to 9 p.m. Sunday
Closed on Monday