Main Street Fairmont and unveiled the new Feast of the Seven Fishes Mural on Monroe Street Friday. Main Street Fairmont Executive Director Tim Liebrecht said the mural is a joint effort of Fairmont State University, the City of Fairmont, the Marion County Commission and the Allegheny Image Factory. “We just have some amazing partners in this and re...

A recent House Resolution would make the pepperoni roll the official state food of West Virginia. The pepperoni roll was first created in Fairmont, around 1927 by Italian immigrant baker, Giuseppe “Joseph” Argiro. In 1987 when the United States Department of Agriculture proposed restrictions that threatened to put the family-owned bakeries of peppe...

When Italian immigrants came to work in the West Virginia coal mines during the early 1900s, their contributions went far beyond the energy sector. They also made a lasting mark on the Mountain State’s culture. One tantalizing example: the pepperoni roll, the ultra-popular if unofficial state food. Similar in some ways to a calzone or stromboli, th...

Celebrating 41 years chartered this past month, the local chapter of the Order Sons and Daughters of Italy in America has spent more than four decades sharing and promoting their heritage and culture. “We were formed on a Sunday similar to this. It was raining,” said Bob Rizzo, one of the original charter members. “We met a state president, who cam...

Benjamin Portaro is closing in on a milestone achieved by fewer than 1% of Americans: He will mark his 100th birthday next month. But it almost ended 76 years ago for the Harrison Countian who was born in Italy, came to Anmoore as a toddler and went on to fight for the United States in the Battle of the Bulge. It was in that desperate fight to stop...

On the outside, they look like a plain hunk of bread. Or maybe a small, uncut hoagie bun. Or an elongated dinner roll. The exterior provides no clue, no tipoff, that meat awaits inside. Cut or bite into a West Virginia pepperoni roll, though, and the smell and flavor of an Italian kitchen come forth. Broken bread reveals sausage. It’s that mystery...

Every December, West Virginians from across the region flock to downtown Fairmont to enjoy the Feast of the Seven Fishes, a festival based on a traditional Christmas Eve meal served by some Italian families. While the festival has become known over the last decade or so for its authentic Italian street market and other holiday festivities, the COVI...

Gruppo Fanti, an Italian metal packaging manufacturing company, plans to open a plant in Weirton, officials announced Wednesday. The new plant will initially create 40 new full-time jobs, and Gruppo Fanti plans to invest $30 million into the Brooke County operation, according to the office of Gov. Jim Justice. “I love when we have firsts in West Vi...

This year’s West Virginia Italian Heritage Festival will be held virtually for the first time in its history, festival officials announced on Thursday. A press release issued by Tyler Terango, Chairman of the Board for the West Virginia Italian Heritage Festival, stated that the 42nd Annual West Virginia Italian Heritage Festival will be held as a...

Italian food meets American taste. The debate on what food can be called American is always a tasty battle of the senses. And while American fare varies, according to Business Insider, the go-to dishes for five states pull from the same cuisine: Italian. And the winners are… The "Toasted Ravioli" for Missouri. This ravioli from St. Louis is doused...