September 19th, 2013 by Jill Meredith – Comments (6)
Even with all of the great restaurants in the Tulsa area , every once in a while, it’s really nice to get out of town and try something different. This is especially fun to do on a lazy Sunday afternoon.
Recently my family and I went on a little road trip to Krebs for some authentic Italian food. About an hour and a half drive from Tulsa, it’s a pleasant enough trip without having to go too far.
Located just southeast of McAlister, this little town is famous for its big Italian flavors. While there are several restaurants from which to choose, we picked Pete’s Place on this particular evening.
A large, old house, each table has its own private dining room. While it could be an issue if you’re claustrophobic, otherwise it was quite nice. There are 33 of these little rooms altogether as well as a large banquet room.
Pete Prichard immigrated to the US from San Gregorio Magno, Italy and settled in Krebs to work in the coal mines. When he was 21, he was badly injured in a mining accident and was forced to find other work.
He began producing beer in his home and eventually prepared food to serve with it. In 1925 he officially opened a restaurant in his home - the same one that houses the restaurant today.
Originally, the menu featured Italian classics like spaghetti, ravioli and meatballs and more. Eventually, he expanded the menu to include beef, chicken, veal, salad and lamb fries, a house specialty and one of the most popular dishes.
Many generations later, Joe and Kathy Prichard strive to run the restaurant like it has been for years, priding themselves with top notch food and service.
Everything we tried on the menu was piping hot and delicious. Dinner was served family-style so it was brought to the table in large bowls. It was also all we could eat, so if we wanted more of anything, all we had to do was ask.
All of our meals came with a plan green salad with a wonderful apple cider based vinaigrette. Bright with just the right amount of acid, it really woke up those greens.
We were also served an antipasti platter (which came with our meals) with slices of Muenster cheese, green olives and pepperoncini. The mellow cheese cut the briny, acidic bite of the olives and pepperoncini as well as the salad dressing.
We ordered the Italian Dinner ($16.25) and the Ravioli Dinner ($17.25). The Italian Dinner came with spaghetti, meatballs, ravioli, salad, antipasti platter and bread. The sauce was truly the star of the show here. Rich marinara with just a hint of sweetness from the tomatoes, it was perfect for sopping up with crusty bread or the pasta. Meatballs were tender and well-seasoned.
Photo from Pete’s Place
The ravioli were unlike any I have ever had before. The thick pasta pillows had a good meat filling which was a little hard to taste because of the thickness of the ravioli themselves. I wished there was just a tad more filling so I could really taste all of the flavors together.
Nonetheless, it was a hearty, filling meal. It also came with all of the extras that the Italian Dinner had.
Other dinners include Italian Sausage ($19.75), Ribeye ($31.75), Lasagna ($21.75), and Shrimp Alfredo ($22.75)
Photos from Pete’s Place
Needless to say, we were all too stuffed for dessert, which was really a shame because they had tiramisu, cheesecake and cannolis (all $5.99).
The next time you want to get out of town for just a little while and experience some fantastic Italian food, make the short jaunt over to Krebs and give Pete’s Place a try.
120 SW 8th
P.O. Box 66
Krebs, OK 74554
Jill Meredith – Author
Jill is a foodie and freelance writer who lives in Broken Arrow with her husband, their daughter and some furry family members. She loves spending time in the kitchen developing new recipes and reading cookbooks like novels. Besides writing for TulsaFood.com, Jill also writes monthly food related columns for Oklahoma Magazine and several weekly articles for Examiner.com. She loves sharing her knowledge and has even taught cooking classes.