Individuals of Italian extraction constitute one of the most important ethnic groups in West Virginia. These Italian-Americans date their connection with the state to ancestors who were recruited during the early years of the 20th century to work in West Virginia’s rapidly developing industrial economy. With more than 17,000 Italian immigrants in t...

Michael Goss is the co-owner of Sirianni’s Cafe, located in Davis, West Virginia, a landmark dining experience in the tourism capital of the state. Sirianni’s pizza has fed hundreds of thousands of hungry skiing and hiking families and enthusiasts over the last 33 years. Opened in 1988 by Goss’s mother, Saundra, and friend Walt Ranalli, the Italian...

Three buildings in Matewan are expected to be renovated over the next few years. Using $1.7 million from the U.S. Economic Development Authority, Coalfield Development Corp. and the West Virginia Mine Wars Museum plan to transform the buildings into a job training center while preserving mine wars and unionization history. These buildings have a hi...

Sixty years ago, a new pizza restaurant opened its doors in a little shop in Huntington. The name? Gino’s Pizza & Spaghetti House. If you recognize that moniker (and if you’ve spent any time in West Virginia, it’s likely that you will), then you already know that the little Huntington pizza shop that opened in 1961 was a resounding success. Gino's...

Pizza. It’s an American favorite, and West Virginia residents are no exception. Did you know that we’re among the top ten states with the most pizza restaurants per capita in the nation? But we only have one Mia Margherita, the first and only independent Coal Fired Pizzeria in West Virginia. There's literally no other pizzeria like it, in West Virg...

As Italian Heritage Month approached this year, I began to think about the events in our nation’s history that played a seminal role in shaping both my identity as an Italian American and my understanding of Italian American history: In elementary school it was the Great Arrival, the period during which millions of our ancestors came to the United...

There's not much guesswork involved with a restaurant named Lasagna, but there is quite a bit of mystery (and marinara). The restaurant opened on Huntington's New York Ave. in August in the space where Riley's used to be, during steamy summer weather, but the restaurant's owners are confident it will find its niche: Lasagna's parent restaurant in N...

The West Virginia Italian Heritage Festival has been canceled for the second straight year. Board Chairman Tyler Terango told WV News that the festival’s board voted unanimously during an emergency meeting Saturday to cancel this year’s festival, which was slated to open Friday at Jackson Square. “This is definitely the hardest decision the boar...

The West Virginia Italian Heritage Festival held their annual bocce ball tournament on Saturday morning in Shinnston. Ten teams competed in the event, with the top team awarded trophies and a feature in the annual Italian Festival parade. The top two teams shared the prize money. Several board members for the festival and the Italian Heritage Queen...

Enjoy the fresh taste of traditional Italian food at Nonno Carlo in Suncrest Towne Centre. Owner Nick DeMedici, whose family emigrated to north-central West Virginia from Italy in the early 1900s, has always had a passion for honoring his heritage through family and food, and created the eatery as a way to celebrate Italian culture. "From the decor...