I finally got to try a fantastic artisan olive oil from Italy that’s now available in West Virginia, thanks to two of the Charleston sisters whose family makes it. Luisa DiTrapano and Lia DiTrapano Fairless graciously offered to share a bottle with me in exchange for my “professional” opinion. Professional or not, this stuff is fantastic. Made on t...

Classic red and white tabletops checkered 4th Avenue on Saturday as Facing Hunger Foodbank's Italiano! Italian Festival returned for its third year. Italian restaurants from around the Tri-State served meatballs and a variety of famous pasta dishes while people in attendance dined with family and friends, sipped on wine, watched dance performances...

For years, the West Virginia Italian Heritage Festival and the festival’s Pasta Cook-Off have been celebrating the Italian-American traditions and culture that thrive in North Central West Virginia. The Pasta Cook-Off, set for Aug. 26 this year, allows both amateur and professional cooks to compete, said Tyler Terango, president of the festival boa...

Advance tickets are now on sale for three wine tastings that will take place Saturday, Aug. 19 during the third annual Italiano! Italian Festival on Fourth Avenue in downtown Huntington. In the parking lot between the Keith-Albee and Old Village Roaster and the new Fro Yo House, will be a new wine-tasting tent that will feature three separate Ital...

Mia Margherita in Bridgeport specializes in simple, fresh Italian dishes, made from recipes handed down through generations. "It's part of my personal heritage and the areas heritage; it's a celebration of food," said Scott Duarte, owner of the pizzeria. Their star attraction is the coal fired pizza, which is made in front of customers. "That's the...

St. Joseph the Worker Church is gearing up for its Italian Festival and Twilight Golf Tournament next weekend. John Dovec and Walter Ruszkowski are co-chairs of the events, which are sponsored by the church’s pastoral council. The twilight golf tournament will be held July 28 at Mountaineer Woodview Golf Course, beginning at 3 p.m. The cost is $50...

In Italy, a cafe is a place to socialize. It’s a place where people drink coffee, meet others with similar interests and talk about ways to better society. This is exactly what Mario Sommella, a native of Naples, Italy, hopes his new gelato shop, Caffe Romeo, will become in Charleston. “My goal is to try to recreate the authentic style [of] life in...

The 35th-annual Upper Ohio Valley Italian Heritage Festival officially kicked off on Wednesday at the McLure Hotel as nearly 200 festival supporters gathered for a dinner to honor the 2017 Italian-American of the Year, former Ohio Sen. Lou Gentile. “We are very happy to see Lou Gentile honored as Italian-American of the Year for all that he has don...

Whether they are seeking pasta, sausage, meatballs, wine, a bocce game, hours of free entertainment, a petting zoo or pony rides, visitors will find all this and much more at the 35th annual Upper Ohio Valley Italian Heritage Festival, which begins at noon Friday at Heritage Port.   Former Ohio State Sen. Lou Gentile knows how much patrons enjoy t...

TeMa North America plans to build a manufacturing facility in the Burr Business Park in Kearneysville, WV. The 42,000-square-foot plant is expected to create 30 jobs. Italy-based TeMa has sales offices in the United States, but the West Virginia plant will be the company’s first manufacturing operation here.  “We are proud to announce the opening o...