Oklahoma State and NC State will be making NCAA history this upcoming collegiate wrestling season. In January, both programs will be traveling overseas to faceoff in Italy, the first NCAA dual to be held outside of North America. The two teams will wrestle January 5 in Naples."We're excited for the opportunity to wrestle in Italy this season," said...

Papa Gjorgjo is moving back to Main Street — but this time, the Italian restaurant is moving further east. The restaurant is relocating from its current home at 1600 N. Mississippi to the space formerly occupied by The Quart House, 802 E. Main St. The northern location will close its doors Sept. 18 so owners George and Gay Veliu can begin moving to...

Sonja and Mark DeJacimo say they have enjoyed attending the Italian Festival in McAlester since its beginnings. “We’ve always experienced the Italian Festival ever since it started,” Mark DeJacimo said. He’s looked forward to seeing who’s been selected as the Festival Re and Regina each year.  “You’d see people you know,” he said. This year though,...

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...