Upshur County residents may have heard rumors that Mama Mia Pie & Pasta, which specializes in authentic Italian food like pizza, pasta and more, is opening a restaurant in Buckhannon. The rumors are true — Mama Mia is coming to Main Street. Robert Behzadi, owner of Mama Mia Pies & Pasta in Elkins, has extensive experience making hand-tossed, stoned...

Vito Destito, formerly of Clarksburg, passed away on January 20, 2019, in Cotronei, Calabria, Italy. He was born in Italy and moved to America in 1958 to work as a carpenter. Vito is survived by his wife, Maria Iaquinta Destito, whom he married on July 19, 1976. He is also survived by his cousins, Rose and Louie Mazza, Giuliana, GJ, and Nico, Ser...

The restaurant formerly known as Bella’s is under new ownership, and will reopen this month as Mangione’s on Main, according to owner Bert Crinks. Crinks and his wife Elaina, who will run the restaurant, are recent transplants from Northern Virginia who’ve been searching for the perfect site in which to open a restaurant. Having spent time in Char...

The local owners of a new Italian restaurant going into the old Paterno’s location at Appalachian Power Park announced Wednesday that their new restaurant will offer three different dining concepts with lots of fresh pastas, sandwiches, soup, pastries and bread, along with a few beloved dishes from the restaurant it is replacing. During a walkthrou...

One order of business for the Hancock County Commissioners at the board’s first meeting of 2019 was to vote 2-1 to replace Columbus Day with Indigenous Peoples Day. The board met Jan. 3. Chairman Antonio Blasi said 13 months ago, the board received 75 signatures “asking us to do this.” Blasi and new commissioner John Wombacher voted in favor of the...

Decades after coming home from Vietnam, a West Virginia native and WVU graduate used his experiences from childhood and service overseas to write a novel. “I never expected this to be published,”said author John Brown. “It was a bucket list item. I was doing it for myself and family.” “Augie’s War” follows Augie Cumpton from the fictional Jewel Tow...

More than 100 years after an explosion in the No. 6 and No. 8 mines in Monongah killed over 360 miners, local residents and officials are remembering the lives and legacies of those who passed and the changes made in the industry in the disaster’s wake. The explosion occurred Dec. 6, 1907, just before 10:30 a.m., killing at least 362 miners in the...

Many in Greater Fairmont believe the holiday season officially kicks off when the Feast of the Seven Fishes takes place downtown. The annual celebration of Italian Christmas tradition returns for its 13th year Saturday. Every year, it features Italian cuisine, music and fun for the whole family. Named a top 20 event for December by the Southeast To...

Great-grandparents from both sides of the Paterno family immigrated from Italy to West Virginia in the early 1900s. Four generations later — five, counting her children — Niki Paterno Kurten says the traditions of those early Italian roots have been carefully preserved. Case in point: their annual Feast of the Seven Fishes. “My family does this eve...

Showcasing the best of North Central West Virginia’s deep Italian history, the Feast of the Seven Fishes is set to provide both locals and out-of-towners with a weekend of rich, traditional Italian fun. This year, the weekend will kick off Dec. 7 with The Festival Cucina, while the all-day Italian street market will take over Monroe Street Dec. 8....