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...

Piatta, che più piatta non si può. Glaciale con i blizzard dell'inverno e torrida con il sole dell'estate. Coltivata, in buona parte a mais. La pianura del Midwest, che si estende dal Texas al confine canadese attraverso l'Oklahoma, il Kansas, il Nebraska e i due Dakota è la parte degli Stati Uniti che i turisti italiani ed europei conoscono di men...

Fabrizio Nava's first visit to Tulsa to coincided with the much-ballyhooed opening of the Woody Guthrie Center in the Brady Arts District. But Nava, the consul general of Italy in Houston, was in town for a different sort of celebration. The Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Embassy of Italy in Washington, D.C., have designated 2013 as...

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...