This year's Italian Festival will be held a week earlier than usual — this Saturday and Sunday on May 14-15. Italian Festival Committee member Bobby Lenardo said volunteers decided to move this year's festival up a week to avoid conflicting with McAlester High School activities scheduled at the site the following week.   Those organizin...

In Spanish, "mucho gusto" is a common phrase meaning "nice to meet you." In Oklahoma City, Pizzeria Gusto, 2415 N Walker Ave., is an uncommon pizza place whose acquaintance you'll be happy to make.   Owners Chris Lower and chef Kathryn Mathis have taken Oklahoma City's dining scene by storm with a succession of well-appointed, modern fast-ca...

By Mack Burke  Italian ambassador to the Americas Claudio Bisogniero became the first Italian ambassador to visit Oklahoma. Along side Consul General Elena Sgarbi, Bisogniero spoke Wednesday afternoon at the Fred Jones Jr. Museum of Art on the strong diplomatic ties between the U.S. and Italy and a future that he hopes will include a transatl...

by Dave Cathey   The Independent Film Channel's hit show "Portlandia" surmises the 1990s are alive and well and living in the Pacific Northwest, but a new restaurant in far northwest Oklahoma City is betting the decade lives on in the 405 area code, too. While "Portlandia" is known for putting a bird on things, this new old concept will...

If you happen to follow me on social media, you might know I recently had my first book published. The book is "The Culinary History of Pittsburg County: Little Italy, Choctaw Beer and Lamb Fries," (History Press, $19.99), and my editors at The Oklahoman have been kind enough to allow me to tell a little about it and how the project came to fruiti...

Nel mese di aprile la città di Tulsa ospiterà diverse iniziative rientranti nel calendario dell'Anno della Cultura Italiana negli Stati Uniti, a dimostrazione del vivo interesse per l'Italia nello Stato dell'Oklahoma.

When Tommy Byrd opened Tommy's Italian American Grill in 1992, the local dining industry might as well have been Mars compared to what's since popped up to eat on this red-dirted patch of planet Earth.   Undaunted by time's unflinching trigger-finger, Byrd recently took a deep breath and walked away from a lucrative seat within the cozy conf...

OK Mozart will take audiences on a musical tour of Italy for the festival's 31st annual season, taking place June 6-13 in and around the Bartlesville Community Center. The season will feature the return of some OK Mozart favorite performers, including pianist Jon Kimura Parker and the Canadian Brass, along with rising classical music stars violini...

by Ben Luschen   Even 5,000 miles from home, Fabrizio Nava found a bit of his beloved Italy in Oklahoma. Nava, the consul general of Italy based in Houston, is his country's cultural and economic voice in the four-state region of Oklahoma, Texas, Louisiana and Arkansas.   The Oklahoma City Museum of Art opened the "Of Heaven and...

By James Beaty Talk to Karen Condit for a few minutes about her family and it's obvious she's beaming with pride about her Italian heritage. Her heritage includes stories about her grandmother, who, as an 8-year-old child, cared for her three younger siblings while crossing the Atlantic during an ocean voyage from Italy to the United States....