A Family tradition
Our family has been serving traditional Italian cuisine in a relaxed family environment since 1953. Originally from Italy, my ancestors first migrated to the Oklahoma Territory in 1895 to seek work in the coal mining industry. My great grandfather, Jim Giacomo provided well for his family until his untimely death, leaving his wife, my granny Rose, as sole provider for their seven children. Granny cooked pasta, fried chicken, and even brewed a homemade beer, one of the original recipes for Choc, which she sold to people who came to eat in her home. This tradition was continued when her youngest son, Dominic and his his sister Minnie opened the Isle of Capri on Mother’s Day in 1953. The restaurant’s name was inspired by Dom’s time in the Navy where he was stationed in Italy off the island of the same name.
In 2003 I opened the first Gabriella’s Italian Grill and Pizzeria in South Padre Island along with my family and my best friend Alyce. It was a bit of a struggle at first. We had leapt into an entirely new demographic 800 miles from anyone who knew what we were about. But our dedication, our passion to food has made us one of the premiere destination restaurants in South Texas. We were the first restaurant in the Rio Grande Valley to serve traditional wood-fired pizza and have a reputation as one of the premiere restaurants south of San Antonio. In 2009 we said goodbye to Alyce when she succumbed to pancreatic cancer, and after her loss South Padre simply wasn’t the same; It was time for a change. It was time to bring what we’d learned home to Oklahoma City.
Originally built in 1938 as a speakeasy known as the Kentucky Club, the County Line has a long and colorful history–a perfect venue for my family to continue to learn and grow while joining the ranks of Oklahoma City’s wonderful restaurant scene. For nearly 60 years my family has been in the restaurant business and we’ve been delighting appetites with homemade food for even longer. We take great pride in our recipes, which are prepared fresh every day. From our table to yours, we wish to give you an unforgettable dining experience.
Chef Vicki and Famiglia – Duane, Michael, Brandon, Ashton, Tony, and Staff.