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....

Women of different nationalities are honored by the Progressive Women’s Association of Harrison County at least three times a year, and Friday was the Italian Americans’ turn. The Progressive Women’s Association honored 11 women of Italian heritage during a Women of Distinction Luncheon in the Uptown Event Center in downtown Clarksburg. Honorees...

For many Americans, Columbus Day is no longer a day for celebration. But for Italian Americans, the federal holiday holds special meaning, since it is the only federal holiday honoring a person of Italian descent. Despite his poor treatment of native residents in the New World, Columbus did put Italians on the map for his discovery of a new route t...

Charleston author and Gazette-Mail wine columnist John H. Brown will conduct a book reading and signing event at the Mountain State Forest Festival in Elkins next Friday. Brown’s debut novel — Augie’s War — was published in May and follows a young West Virginian who is drafted and sent to Vietnam. Augie Cumpton escapes the horror of war by flashing...

If you are someone who believes eating good Italian food can be a religious experience, the churches of Nitro are ready to answer your prayers. How so? They’re teaming up to host a $10 all-you-can-eat “Italian Feast” dinner from 4-6 p.m. this Saturday at St. Paul’s United Methodist Church at 2008 20th St. in Nitro. Proceeds from the event benefi...

It’s the day she’s waited her whole life for. Bridgeport’s Miranda Lang was officially crowned the 40th Queen Regina Maria on the steps of the Harrison County Courthouse Friday as the coronation kicked off a weekend full of Italian traditions and celebrations. Lang, the daughter of Bridgeport Mayor Andy and Lisa (Queen) Lang, was announced as the l...

More than 100 golfers hoped for a hole-in-one Wednesday during the annual West Virginia Italian Heritage Festival golf tournament at Bridgeport Country Club. The turnout was the highest in the fundraiser’s history of more than 20 years, according to Eric Spatafore, tournament co-chair. “We had 27 teams and we’re completely sold out,” Spatafore said...

By providing decades of rich history, food and culture wise, West Virginia Italian Heritage Festival kicked off it’s 30th straight year of the annual pasta cook-off. From chefs, to tasters and even little helpers – people from all over the state came together Saturday morning to enjoy a great pasta meal. “You know, we get 7 to 800 people here today...

From Clarkburg’s Orlando Columbo in the 1940s and ’50s to Pittsburgh’s Joe Negri in the ’60s and ’70s to Morgantown’s Mark Cappellini today, there is a strong tradition of Italian jazz musicians in the Mon Valley, who have made significant contributions to the region as performers and educators. Mark Cappellini’s Jazz Italiano, a project to pay tri...