The 33rd annual Upper Ohio Valley Italian Heritage Festival wrapped up on Sunday evening. This year was bigger and better than ever before. From the bands to the bocce ball, thousands of people from all around the Ohio Valley seemed to have a great time at Heritage Port.   Wheeling's Mayor Andy McKenzie said the festival means a lot to...

Pietro Fiorentini S.p.A. (Vicenza, Italy) has signed a purchase agreement for a 17-acre parcel in Weirton's Three Springs Business Park (West Virginia). The company is currently manufacturing on a limited scale out of a leased location in Wheeling. While no timetable has been established, Fiorentini is planning a $9 million plant in Weirton. &nbs...

West Virginia has a long history of Italian emigration. In 1910 more than 17,000 Italians were living there, making up 30% of the entire foreign-born population of the State: Italy even had a consular office in northern West Virginia. The majority of the Italian immigrants came from the south: Calabria, Campania, Sicilia. In 1907, the worst mining...

by Darlene J. Swiger   People lined West Main Street in downtown Clarksburg Friday afternoon to watch the 38th annual West Virginia Italian Heritage Festival coronation. The ceremony officially kicks off the three-day festival held each Labor Day weekend.   Friday's ceremony began with the introduction of the festival's princesses, Mi...

by Taylor Deer   At the end of the 19th Century, the first Italians made their way into Clarksburg to find what they called, "big money jobs" in the coal mines but ever since the population has been growing quickly and the atmosphere the Italians bring along is part of what makes Clarksburg so nice, and once a year Clarksburg celebrates it's...

by Victoria L. Cann   On Saturday, bocce ball teams and spectators gathered at Ferguson Memorial Park to participate in the annual West Virginia Italian Heritage Festival Bocce Tournament. "This is the biggest it has been. We have 15 teams this year," said Carl Felosa, festival board member. "It's the best year we've had. We had plenty...

by Ashlie Walter  CLARKSBURG —A basketball coach, a lawyer, a McDonald's franchisee and a councilwoman are among this year's West Virginia Italian Heritage Festival honorees.Joe Retton is the Italian-American Man of the Year, Sharon Flanery is the Italian-American Woman of the Year, John Ebert is the Honorary Italian Man of the Year and Marga...

by Paul Sebert   Many Tri-State residents were saddened last year when Tascali's Decades Pasta Bar & Grill closed after 29 years when owner Darrell Smith retired. There's now a new Italian option in the village of Barboursville. Fratelli's Italian Restaurant opened it's doors in early June in the former home of Tascali's.   "...

By Ashlie Walter The 25th annual West Virginia Italian Heritage Festival Pasta Cook-Off is expected to be fun for both cooks and eaters alike on Saturday in Jackson Square Parking Facility. Cook time is at 9 a.m. and taste and judging begins at noon.   Read more   Source: http://www.exponent-telegram.com  

Flames have significantly damaged an iconic Italian restaurant in Monongalia County. No injuries were reported in the Saturday morning blaze at Colasante's Ristorante and Pub in Westover.   But, there was significant damage to the building. The property included the long-time restaurant, apartments, and office space.   Read more...