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Gabriella's offers a taste of Krebs in historic Oklahoma City setting

Gabriella's Italian Grill and Pizzeria recently opened in the former County Line and Kentucky Club in Oklahoma City.
by Dave Cathey Modified: July 25, 2012 at 6:03 pm •  Published: July 26, 2012

The kitchen resides to the east and bar spans the western wall of the bar area. Both point guests toward the impressive view of tree-laden eastern Oklahoma City and the Capitol dome peaking over the treetops in the south. The bar also has its own exterior entrance to the west, and a patio is outside the southeast corner of the restaurant. The remodel is remarkable.

But Duane isn't the only family member pitching in. Son Mike makes all the sausage from his own recipe, daughter Ashton Gabriella is not only the restaurant's namesake but chief pizza maker, and son Brandon works on the business and marketing side.

This family-owned and operated Italian restaurant looks poised to carve a niche among the city's family-style Italian restaurants. Vicki's four-page dinner menu includes pastas, pizza, steaks, seafood, salads and all the things you expect from an Italian restaurant with tables checkered in red and white. And then there's a few things you'll find you might not expect — like 29 beers on tap.

“My son is a craft beer fanatic,” Vicki said.

Add a rock-solid wine selection and you've got a stop where the whole family walks away satiated and satisfied.

For lunch, the menu is pared down, offering pizza, sandwiches, and salads.

Aside from the house-made sausage and bread, Ashton's pizzas are cooked in a new wood-burning oven built in Italy. And if you don't believe me, ask for kitchen-side table and watch the Muhs clan and crew do their nightly dinner dance.

On a trip for lunch I tried a wonderful sausage soup and excellent pizza. The homemade bread was tasty and the service on point.

Gabriella's is a great new addition to our local restaurant scene, and one of a very few places where you can eat a slice of pizza and get a slice of history on the house.