The coal mines of West Virginia attracted many immigrants from around the world, including a large number of Italians. And with them came their wonderful, delicious food to the hills of West Virginia. Here are seven of the best Italian restaurants in the state.
Rocco’s – Huntington
Ok so actually it’s in Ceredo, but it’s still a local legend. The food is amazaing. Above is their Chicken Parmigiano: a breaded chicken breast, baked in tomato sauce with melted provolone cheese, served over angel hair pasta. More details and menu at their website.
Muriale’s – Fairmont
This place is a Fairmont institution. Besides endless wedding rehearsals and graduation parties, this place has tremendous food. More details and menu at their website.
Fazio’s – Charleston
This Charleston tradition has been run by Danny Fazio for over 35 years. Try the stakes! More details and menu at their website.
Oliverio’s – Bridgeport/Morgantown
Opened in 1965 in Bridgeport, the restaurant has since expanded to include a location in Morgantown’s Wharf District and a banquet hall in Clarksburg. Forget bread sticks from anywhere else, these will put all others to shame. More details and menu at their website.
Soho’s – Charleston
Forget just being one of the best Italian places in town, this is one of the best restaurants in two period. Any visit to the Capitol City isn’t complete without a meal here. More details and menu at their website.
Minard’s Spaghetti Inn – Clarksburg
This Clarksburg tradition originally opened in Mike and Rose Minard’s home in 1937. Also does anybody remember their jingle? More details and menu on Facebook.
Padrino’s – Beckley
Italian migrants also worked in the Southern coal fields. Beckley’s Padrino’s is known for its amazing pizza. More details and menu on Facebook.