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...

Julio’s Cafe, on Clarksburg’s Baltimore Avenue, has long been a staple of the local Italian-American community. For the past 51 years, three generations of the Iaquinta family have prided themselves on serving up some of the finest steak, seafood and authentic Italian cuisine found anywhere in the region. Costanza Iaquinta, the restaurant’s manager...

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...