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...

An Italian manufacturing company that supports the natural gas industry is setting up shop in the Northern Panhandle. The Italian-based company Pietro Fiorentini broke ground in a ceremony this week to announce the purchase and development of a 26-acre plot in Weirton. Fiorentini has been operating an office in West Virginia since 2013, but the Wei...

The humble West Virginia pepperoni roll, born in the kitchens of coal miners’ wives and perfected in the Italian-owned bakeries of North Central West Virginia, has been featured in Bon Appetit magazine and on the Food Network. It has been the topic of heated retail controversies and state legislation. It’s the centerpiece of annual eating contests...

As someone who has attended the West Virginia Italian Heritage Festival every year of her life, Parkersburg’s Alyssa Oliverio has played several roles in the event over the years. Her newest role will be that of Regina Maria XXXIX. Oliverio was a member of the Minor Court in 1998 and Senior Court in 2014. Along with that, she helped her grandfathe...

The Antonio Meucci Lodge met April 10 at Undo’s, with Vice President Tony LaRosa reading invocation and Carol Truax leading the Pledge of Allegiance, followed by members singing “God Bless America.” President Regina Truax welcomed guest Emily Wagglei. Secretary Rita Orler called roll and read the minutes, which were approved. Linda Pfabe gave the t...

The West Virginia Italian Heritage Festival is always a big part of the community every year, and the first event to kick off festival season is the Spring Gala. The gala will begin at 5:30 p.m. April 29 at Village Square Conference Center. It’s not only the first festival event of the year, but it announces who the upcoming queen is, said Rose Maz...

Tickets are now available for the West Virginia Italian Heritage Festival Spring Gala announcing Regina Maria XXXIX and her court. The event will be held Saturday, April 29 at the Village Square Conference Center on Route 19, Milford Street in Clarksburg. Tickets are $40.00 for adults and $20 for children under 10. The event is reservation only. Pl...