It’s no secret to residents that West Virginia, with its history of Italian immigrants from way back, has some of the best Italian food in the country. That’s especially true in the northern part of the state. If you’re looking to enjoy some great Italian food, try some of these restaurants.
1. Muriale’s Italian Kitchen in Fairmont
Great food and service — TripAdvisor users gave this Fairmont institution mostly excellent reviews. Reviewers say the food is great and so is the service.
2. Rocco's Ristorante in Ceredo
Tripadvisor reviewers rate this place the number 1 restaurant in Ceredo (which is admittedly small, but still). One reviewer in particular said the meal she got there was one of the best she ever had at any restaurant. It’s a Ceredo institution.
3. Minard's Spaghetti Inn in Clarksburg
Reviewers give this place mostly positive ratings. One reviewer said the restaurant "embodies the Italian spirit of vintage Clarksburg. The food is classic Italian, with a home cooked twist."
4. Julio’s Cafe in Clarksburg
One reviewer called it the best food in West Virginia. The meals are pricey, they said, but you get what you paid for.
5. Padrinos Italian Restaurant in Beckley
One reviewer said the food was amazing at this little Italian restaurant.
6. Colasante’s Ristorante & Pub in Morgantown
One reviewer called it a locally owned favorite in Morgantown that serves some of the best pizza in town.
7. Twin Oaks Restaurant in Bridgeport
Reviewers recommend the pizza.
8. Puglioni’s Pasta & pizza, Morgantown
Try it for their homemade pasta. Reviewers say they serve huge portions of pasta and garlic bread.
9. Gino’s Pizza & Spaghetti House
You can find these at 48 locations throughout West Virginia and they’re great. Try the pizza.
10. Pasquale’s in Beckley
Reviewers say this little Italian restaurant has excellent food and a good atmosphere.
11. Leonora’s in Charleston
This Italian restaurant is celebrating a huge birthday in 2015 — it’s been serving for 100 years! A reviewer called it the only place in town to go for true Italian cuisine.
12. Oliverio’s Ristorante with three locations
Oliver's has locations in Bridgeport, Morgantown and one between Bridgeport and Anmoore. One reviewer said even though it’s pricey, the food is “super good." Another recommended the eggplant parmesan.
13. Paterno's At The Park in Charleston
It’s an Italian restaurant overlooking Appalachian Power Park. Could there be a better combination?
One reviewer said it’s the best food in town, too.
14. Fazio's in Charleston
Reviewers say it’s the best Italian place in Charleston and that it has amazing food and service.
15. Figaretti's Restaurant in Wheeling
Reviewers said this locally-owned restaurant serves great chicken parm and that it has great Italian dining and a great atmosphere.
16. Rocco's Little Italy in Huntington
Reviewers rave about the food and the reasonable prices. One person said this is the place he takes out-of-town visitors and that they all rave about it too. One reviewer said they travel a lot and through big cities but they’ve never had Italian food as good as what Rocco’s serves.
Did I leave any great Italian restaurants off this list? Let me know in the comments.