No. 2 MCALESTER
Oklahoma’s Little Italy
It wouldn’t be a foodie road trip without a stop in Choctaw Country’s flagship culinary destination, McAlester. Known as “Oklahoma’s Little Italy,” McAlester and Krebs boast some of the best Italian food in the state, and the deep Italian roots to back it up.
Start your visit with dinner at Pete’s Place, a family-style affair that’s been cranking out Italian food for nearly a century. Pete’s does private family dining, meaning you’ll have a whole room to yourself, and plenty of hot plates heaping with hearty Italian fare. Expect bottomless bread, spaghetti, meatballs, salad, ravioli—and then an entrée. We like the fried chicken, or a plate of lamb fries. Pair it with a cold CHOC beer, an Oklahoma favorite brewed onsite. Don’t miss the authentic relics and memorabilia from 1850’s-era Italy!
For something slightly more open and upscale, head to Isle of Capri. Expect the same timeless appeal as Pete’s, but with slightly dimmer lighting. Locals agree: Isle of Capri is a Choctaw Country institution. Be sure to try their famous papas fritas, and finish it off with the white spaghetti—angel hair pasta and peppers—or the extra thick rib-eye steak.
If by some miracle you’ve still got room left in that bottomless pit you call a stomach, you’ll want to give Napoli’s and Giacomo’s a try, too, for the full tour of Little Italy.
No visit to Little Italy is complete without stopping into Lovera’s Italian Market, a classic Italian grocery full of authentic artisan items. Shop for yard long spaghetti noodles, homemade sausages, sauces and cheese, and crusty bread to pair it with for a taste of Little Italy at home.