For owner Avis Scaramucci, Nonna’s Euro-American Ristorante & Bar in Bricktown is more than a place to eat.
It is a full experience in the middle of Oklahoma City’s vibrant entertainment district, with food made with care from decades-old family recipes and freshly grown produce straight from her personal greenhouses.
Everything about Nonna’s seems to reflect old world Italy, from the décor to the homemade pastries and cakes to the traditional Italian pasta dishes with a unique twist.
The restaurant serves meatballs, only ground from a prime tenderloin and Italian sausage blend and pairs them with a northeastern-influenced sauce that could come right out of New York.
Customers looking for a standard Italian dish such as lasagna will be satisfied, but those wanting more will appreciate the fresh mild mushrooms that give the dish a little extra. The standard insalata caprese is made with tomatoes and herbs grown at Scaramucci’s Cedar Spring Farms, and the whole-milk mozzarella is flown in from the East Coast.
“There is no way to have fresh produce that is truly fresh unless you grow it yourself,” she said. “We harvest our produce every day for that day’s use. We don’t skimp corners; we use real butter and real whole cream. It is one step above and beyond that our customers truly appreciate.”
At lunch, Scaramucci serves some of the same soups, salads and quiche she had when her restaurant was in south Oklahoma City and served a light lunch in addition to her bakery and gift store, The Painted Door.
“Back then, I had a room that could fit 25 people, and my dream was to fill that room with lunch business,” she said.