I remember when I was a little girl scrounging up my change so I could walk down Main Street in Marlow to get a slice of pizza from DiCintio’s. My neighbor Jamie and I would do this on a weekly basis. It was just a little hole in the wall pizza joint that sold pizza by the slice. We thought we were the bees knees going out on our own to grab our own lunch without our moms. That was one thing I loved about small town living. I grew up wandering the little town on summer days and my mom didn’t have to worry.
A few years after, Giuseppe’s opened up in the old bank next door. This was all the rage in the area. We really don’t have a wealth of fine dining establishments in my little country town. I remember being impressed as a young’n, but it still impresses me today.
I order (every time without fail) the chicken parmesan. I also get a side of pesto sauce for a dipping sauce for my bread. While I was in high school, I would go here for lunch and grab a side of pesto, a meatball, bread, and salad. Such a great lunch. I love Italian food and try to eat it as much as possible, but Giuseppe’s has hit the nail on the head with chicken parmesan. It is such a simple dish that doesn’t really push any boundaries, but it is that simplicity that keeps me going back every time. My mother orders the light portion of garlic shrimp. This is great. It’s a yummy white wine butter sauce and is packed with flavor. My dear grandmother sticks to light portion of vegetable lasagna. I’m a big fan of vegetable lasagna’s and wish I could find a good Italian market much like Vace which I used to frequent in DC for a good prepared vegetable lasagna. I honestly don’t have the patience to make it! Back on track…
The Italian food here is delicious. Sometimes you have to pinch yourself to realize you are in rural Oklahoma. The atmosphere of the restaurant is great. White table cloths, vintage exposed brick, old original ceiling tiles, mafia type music playing in the background. Like I said, this used to be a bank back when Marlow was a boomtown. It definitely maintains that old west feel. Giueseppe’s has put Marlow on the map. It is a must stop when driving through town. I sometimes tell people where I grew up and they instantly ask me if that is where that good Italian restaurant is. Yes, we are proud of our little hometown Italian restaurant. The only thing left for improvement is the wine list is scarce. I’m a big fan of wine with my Italian food and there isn’t a large selection. And yes, you can still order the pizza here I was so proud to buy as a little tot.
One of my favorite things about Oklahoma is the cultural pockets of our state. Because of the nature of frontierism, we are blessed with rich cultural pockets throughout the state. Giuseppe’s isn’t trying to cook good Italian food, they DO cook good Italian food. It’s a must eat in Oklahoma.
So during my lunch hour the other day, Jed (my co-worker) and I decided to try the talk of the town, Republic Gastropub. I have heard nothing but amazing things about this new Oklahoma City restaurant that opened on March 29th. I just had to try it.
We arrived at the prime lunch hour to the swanky little spot and there was of course a wait (remember…i said talk of the town). We decided to grab a couple of spots at the bar. I was immediately stricken by the LARGE amount of beers on tap (100 on tap…250 bottled!) and the giant tvs everywhere. This bar seems like it would be a great place to watch a game. I wasn’t there to watch a baseball game or the Thunder (PLAYOFFS…YEA!) play, I was hear to try these great burgers I have heard about.
I am a big fan of the slightly “flared” up (think Office Space) or “fancy” hamburger for all you non-movie fans out there. The burgers at this place slightly remind me of Ray’s Hellburger in Arlington, VA. The plus about Republic is that you also get a great, swanky atmosphere with a fabulous atmosphere to go with it.
Jed ordered the Belle Isle Burger. This a burger with grilled onions, sauteed mushrooms, and Jed said “an interesting cheese sauce that surpringly works.” He was pleased. I wanted to try it, but he was being totally greedy and didn’t let me! I ordered the Republic Burger. This burger was SO yummy. This had some bacon yumminess, gruyere cheese, bleu cheese and wait for it…. TOPPED WITH AN EGG. Now I was telling some friends about this burger and apparently it isn’t a rare thing to find a burger topped with an egg. Well it is in Okie Foodie’s world, so I was completely excited about this. It was a great burger. I’m a huge fan of anything with gruyere cheese (well….cheese in general), but this prooved to be an amazing lunch.
I definitely fed into the buzz about this new restaurant at the Classen Curve. It is easily one of the best restaurant atmospheres in Oklahoma City. It makes you want to pinch yourself because no…you aren’t in some swanky restaurant in LA or NYC, you are in the Sooner State. If we continue to produce restaurants such as Republic, we are definitely on the up and up.
I also heard the donuts were amazing. Save room next time because I definitely didn’t!
How about the Thunder!!!! Thunder UP!