Krebs began as a small coal mining camp filled with immigrants with a variety of heritages. When Oklahoma became a state in 1907, almost half of Krebs’ residents were Italian-American and they were transforming the small town into a little piece of Italy. Now, in both Krebs and McAlester, the Italian Heritage surrounds you with good food passed down through generations, authentic Italian shopping and the annual Italian Festival!
The Italian Festival of McAlester has been a long-running annual event for over 44 years, the first event was held in 1971. Each year, visitors come to celebrate the Italian culture by enjoying the flavorsome Italian dishes that are served over two days of family fun, vendors and entertainment. If the May festival is just too far away, come enjoy the authentic Italian foods served at some of the finest Italian restaurants in the state.
GiaComo’s Italian Cuisine of McAlester has been a favorite dining choice, since 1959. Just a short drive away in Krebs, Pete’s Place is known for its traditional Italian recipes, generous portions and the Oklahoma-brewed and nationally-recognized Choc Beer! While in Krebs trying all of this delicious fare, be sure to shop the award-qinning Italian Foods of Lovera’s! Established in 1946, this small, family owned Italian grocery and meat market displays a vast array of authentic Italian foods, from their hand-formed cheeses and salamis, to their olives, pastas and spices. Fill your bags and head home with great memories and the ingredients to prepare some of your own favorite Italian dishes.