The Italian Festival In Oklahoma That Serves 1700 Pounds of Meatballs and Sausage

The McAlester Italian Festival has been an annual event since 1971, celebrating the living heritage of the many Italian families of the McAlester area with tasty Italian food, live entertainment, crafts, vendors, and more. This two-day festival is one of the largest in the state and is not only filled with a variety of fun, but they also serve an absurd amount of meatballs and sausage – and it’s the best thing ever.

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The oldest Italian restaurant in Oklahoma still operating today is the beloved Pete’s Place in Krebs. The town of Krebs (next to McAlester) is known as Oklahoma’s Little Italy due to the influx of Italian immigrants that settled in the town in the late 1800s. As a result, the town grew to over 2,000 residents and restaurants began popping up…one of which was Pete’s Place in 1925. After being open nearly 100 years, it still uses many of the same recipes brought over from Italy. If you’ve never had the pleasure of visiting this Italian restaurant that’s been around forever, we recommend putting it on your 2019 dining bucket list.