The annual Pasta Cook-Off has been part of the events leading up to the Italian Heritage Festival for 30 years, helping Italian-American culture come together and thrive in North Central West Virginia. This year’s cook-off will take place Aug. 25, and cooks will begin creating their concoctions around 8 a.m. in Clarksburg’s Jackson Square, kicking...

Minard’s Spaghetti Inn has served generations of loyal customers in the Clarksburg area with its authentic brand of traditional Italian-American cuisine. The establishment has kept its loyal base of local regulars returning time after time to dine on a collection of Italian offerings that has remained largely unchanged for more than 80 years. Maris...

Preparations are underway for Facing Hunger Foodbank's annual Italiano Festival in downtown Huntington. The fundraising event will run from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. on 4th Avenue between 8th and 10th Streets on Saturday, Aug. 18.   At the festival, Facing Hunger will honor the Lewis D'Antoni family as the 2018 Italian American Family of the Year. The Torl...

One of the biggest draws of the Undo's Upper Ohio Valley Italian Heritage Festival, not only this year, but in years pas is the Bocce Tournament. Players from out of state, including places like Pittsburgh, travel to Wheeling to participate. The weekend's competition began with a special needs tournament on Friday morning inside WesBanco Arena.  Th...

The Undo's Upper Ohio Valley Italian Festival kicks off this week in Wheeling, but some of the major preparations are happening across the river. In fact, one of the festival's favorite foods is made at the Sons of Italy in Bellaire, where they finished Tuesday making more than 3,000 pounds of sausage. “We prepare 3 weeks in advance,” Sons of Italy...

Veterans Appreciation Ceremony To Be Held Saturday at Italian Fest. Before the first bocce ball is rolled or sausage sandwich is consumed Saturday at the Undo’s Upper Ohio Valley Italian Heritage Festival, a veterans appreciation ceremony will be held at noon on the main stage at Heritage Port. A committee led by John Looney, director of the Wheeli...

If the fictional city of Jeweltown and its suburbs bear more than a slight resemblance to the Clarksburg area in writer and columnist John Brown’s novel “Augie’s War,” there’s a reason for that. And if the main character — Harrison County native Augie Compton — reminds anyone of Brown, well, there’s a reason for that, too. “I thought I could write...

My American story begins with two Italian brothers and one ticket. Marco was 14; Gaetano 7. The boys came from Segni, a hamlet atop a hill south of Rome. One day in April 1904, Marco took Gaetano by the hand as they began a journey that would take them 110 miles to early twentieth century Naples, then thousands of miles across the Atlantic and end...

Victor Augustine Greco is among those selected to be inducted into the Weirton Hall of Fame as part of the Class of 2018. He has been nominated under the category of public service. This year’s induction banquet will be held 2 p.m., Aug. 12 at Undo’s in Weirton. Tickets go on sale July 1, at a cost of $30 per person, and will be available at the We...

The West Virginia Italian Heritage Festival Spring Gala brought introduced a new royal court Saturday evening. They also introduced the new Regina Maria XL, Miranda Lang. The new title-holder expressed her excitement to be able to take the reigns of the Italian Heritage Festival throughout the upcoming year and be a figurehead for the community.  "...