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Beef Carpacio with arugula salad.
Beef Carpacio with arugula salad.

So, the Brothers Buthion have officially branched out by purchasing Bellini’s, which opened more than 25 years ago in the Waterford Office Buildings. The longtime owners of La Baguette Bistro in north Oklahoma City dabbled in downtown with Soleil and a second La Baguette before pulling back before full-scale construction turned the area into a war zone.

Mushroom Risotto at Bellini's.
Mushroom Risotto at Bellini's.

Chef Alain Buthion, who was voted Top Chef in Oklahoma City by Readers Choice voters, said he originally intended to maintain the restaurants menu through the end of this year, but after a week decided change was needed. Now, you’ll fined two-page tour of Italy, covering cuisines from all the regions. If you’re wondering why or how a Frenchman would be interested in Italian cuisine, it’s because he did his culinary training right on the Italian border.

Seared ahi tuna with celery root slaw.
Seared ahi tuna with celery root slaw.

The wine list, older brother Michel said, is still under construction. He said he intends to offer the most comprehensive collection of Itailian wines in the state before too long.

I stopped by today for a tasting and was completely blown away by the offerings: seared marinated Ahi Tuna with celery root slaw, creamy lump crab meat, roasted beets and goat cheese, tomato-anchovy pizze (not pizza), mushroom risotto and beef carpaccio with arugula. It’s an inspired menu, and I can’t wait to go back for the braised pork cheeks. The seasonal menu also offers an Osso Bucco that looks formidable.

Creamy lump crabmeat crostini.
Creamy lump crabmeat crostini.

I will have more on this restaurant makeover in January. The bottom line is, the market’s Italian cuisine  just got a lot stronger. The addition of Stella Modern Italian in 2009 bolstered things. Recently chef Jonathan Krell took over the kitchen their for Brian McGrew, who left for the Governor’s Mansion and eventually Cafe 501 on Classen Curve.

Cathy Cummings’ Vito’s Cafe is still king (or queen) of rustic, family style Italian in the style of St. Louis/Kansas City/New York City, and chef Christine Dowd’s Trattoria il Centro, long under siege by the aforementioned jackhammer brigade, is still among the best restaurants in the city, but the new Bellini’s will doubtlessly find a niche for a refined, upscale dinner on the city’s northside.

Bellini’s, 6305 Waterford Blvd Suite 100,  is open for lunch and dinner daily, check their website for details.

Have you been by the new, improved Bellini’s? Let me know what you thought.

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