Plans are in place for this weekend’s Italian Festival, set for Saturday and Sunday, May 13 and 14, at the Southeast Expo Center west of McAlester. “We’re predicting great weather and a huge turnout,” said Bobby Lenardo, one of the Italian Festival Committee members. Everything from food, music, carnival rides and the traditional arts and craft sho...

In 1917 Albert Einstein published his first paper on cosmology, Houdini performed his buried alive escape, Al Capone became known as Scarface after a knife fight and Theresa LaRosa was born. This weekend, the Grove woman will celebrate her 100th birthday – first with a large party on Saturday at St. Elizabeth Catholic Church, and second, she’ll cel...

It wasn't long after Diana Buthion took full ownership of Bellini's restaurant a little more than a year ago that she changed the name of the eatery on the southeast corner of NW 63 and Pennsylvania to Bellini's Underground. She'd heard from enough patrons that they'd forgotten about the restaurant — or forgotten how to get there. Along with remind...

Johnny Carino's Italian Restaurant is known for its Italian food that has an American-style twist. "We make everything from scratch. That's the biggest thing," managing partner Sarah Jeppesen said. "We definitely take pride in the service that we provide to our guests. Our food is homemade, and we make it daily." The restaurant, which has been in V...

For nearly seven decades, Tony Bennett has been belting our jazz standards and solidifying his status as one of the greatest performers of the 20th century. His resume can certainly attest to that: With over 50 million records sold and 19 Grammy Awards to his name, Bennett’s also somehow found the time to form the Frank Sinatra School of the Arts i...

A popular Italian-American restaurant in the metro is fed up. The owners of Flip's Italian Restaurant say someone has been stealing art off their walls, leaving behind empty space and taking away collections with sentimental value. The owners said they feel insulted.    In a short period of time, four pieces of art have been t...

By James Beaty Spaghetti and meatballs, arts and crafts, lots of music, the aroma of garlic and even helicopter rides — it's almost time for the Italian Festival. Those planning the 45th Annual Italian Festival have already started preparations, cooking up enthusiasm and much more.   Volunteers have been busy preparing Italian dishes s...

By Bill Sherman The bones of Saint Maria Goretti, a popular Roman Catholic saint who lived a century ago in Italy, will be in Tulsa next week, part of a visit to 25 dioceses in 16 states. It is the first time the relic has been in the United States, and only the second time it has been out of Italy. Maria Goretti is the youngest saint in...

by James Beaty   The Santa Fe Line is set to pull into the Italian Festival this week for a performance that will double as a homecoming concert for two of the band's members. While the group has been creating quite a buzz in Texas, the band always looks forward to returning to McAlester. That's because two of its members, Chuck Justice and...

Last month, we told you about a popular Italian-American restaurant in the metro that was fed up because they caught one of their customers on surveillance video stealing art off their walls. This was at Flip's Win Bar and Trattoria.    The good news is the restaurant owners say they got their artwork back... They even posted the n...