Minard’s Spaghetti Inn, the oldest Italian restaurant in Northern West Virginia, is celebrating 85 years in business this month. “(It’s) pretty amazing. We’ve gone through three generations of ownership. What makes it unique is it’s my grandmother’s house. It’s really hard to explain because as kids we would play there. You’d go to your grandmother...

The Italian group, Danieli, has been selected by Nucor Corporation, a leading North American steel producer with a growing international presence, to build a new plant in Mason County, in the state of West Virginia. The order, for automation technology and machinery, is worth more than 650 million US dollars. This is the most significant order in t...

It’s not yet time for the Undo’s Upper Ohio Valley Italian Festival! But one of the very first events to kick festivities off was tonight. The 2022 Italian-American of the Year has just been named, and a familiar face just walked away with that honor tonight. Anthony ‘Herk” Sparachane has just been named as the 2022 Italian-American of the Year. “I...

Where can you go to find the best, most authentic Italian espresso and gelato? You could go to Italy… but you don’t even have to. You can also just head on up the road to Caffe Romeo right here in Charleston, West Virginia! What would you look forward to the most if you were given the opportunity to visit Italy? Maybe it would be seeing for yoursel...

Marion County in north-central West Virginia is a surprising crossroads of Italian cuisine and culture. In the early 1900s, the area was a hub for coal mining, leading thousands of Italian immigrants and their culinary traditions to Marion County. This influx led to delicious cuisine and rich cultural traditions that endure today. Many of these cla...

You’re hungry… you know that much. But maybe you’re not exactly sure yet what you’re hungry for. If that’s the case, should you head out to an area of town that has a different restaurant on every corner so you can delay the decision until the last possible minute? No, you should head to Oliverio’s Ristorante on the Wharf in Morgantown, West Virgin...

The Italian Diaspora Archive Resource Map Working Group has worked over the last year and a half to evaluate the presence, accessibility, and visibility of archival resources in the Ohio, Pennsylvania, and West Virginia tri-state area. Our goal has been to move in incremental steps toward the creation of an accessible, searchable digital resource t...

On Dec. 19, 1921, Gary Zuchelli’s grandfather, Guido Zucchelli, came to America looking for new opportunities. On the same date, 100 years later, his family came together to celebrate just that. “He came over from Pranzo, Italy,” Gary said. “When he was born, the land was under the control of Austria, but it was included in the land given to Italy...

Way back more than a century ago, in the year 1914, a brand new bakery opened in Clarksburg, West Virginia: Tomaro’s Bakery. It brought authentic Italian flavors all the way across the ocean to Appalachia. Decades later, it's the oldest Italian bread bakery in West Virginia, and it still serves up some of the best breads and baked goods to be found...

Ciao from Rome!   Dear Friends, another difficult year comes to an end. Twelve months ago we hoped that by this December we would be out of the pandemic, but that is not yet the case. It's been a tough year, something has improved but we're not out of the woods yet. We can only protect ourselves and hope that in twelve months this nightmare will be...