VIP/Sponsor Event

Friday, August 16, 2019

6:00 pm-9:00 pm

Ramada Limited

3094 16th St. Rd.

Huntington, WV 25701

Tickets $50.00

Honoree Awards:

In Honor of the Manilla Family – Longtime Huntington residents and author Marie Manilla

In Memory of Dr. Albert Esposito, M.D. – Founding father of Marshall School of Medicine

In Memory of Joseph I Ciccarelli – Longtime Huntington Police Officer and Chief

Commemorative programs available at event 

For more information contact:

Cynthia D Kirkhart, MS, MBA

304-523-6029 ext. 25 or

Sponsored by:     

DJ Services provided by Chad Midkiff

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2019 Italiano Festival!

Saturday, August 17, 2019

11:00am – 6:00pm

Downtown Huntington on 4th Avenue between 8th and 10th Streets

Exclusive Wine Tasting

Saturday, August 17, 2019

11:30 am -1:00 pm 

2:30 pm – 4:00 pm

Tickets $35.00 

For more information contact: Suzanne Brady 304-523-6029 ext.28 or

Tickets may be purchased in advance or at the event.

Olive Oil Tasting Event

Saturday, August 17, 2019

 11:00 am

1:30 pm and 4:30 pm


Learn about the varieties of olive oil, the differences in tastes and use, as well as the many ways to enhance your cooking & dishes with flavor! Tastings will feature dipping breads & palate cleansers. 


Welcoming Ceremony 12:30 pm-1:10 pm 

Live on the Main Stage:

Brandon & Marissa – 11:00 am-12:00 pm and 2:45 pm-3:45 pm

WVIHF Dancers – 12:00 pm-12:30 pm and 3:50 pm-4:20 pm

The Deacons of DooWap – The Reflections – 1:40 pm -2:40 pm and 4:30 pm-5:30 pm 

Strolling Musicians with Accordian & Violin

Joe and Mark 

Food Vendors

La Famiglia


Backyard Pizza and Raw Bar

21 Club

Chateau d’Italia

Bon Appetit

 Hwy. 55

Le Bistro

Olive Garden

Dang Good Cinnamon Rolls

Keep checking back for more of your favorite vendors!

Manilla Family

According to Manilla family lore, our grandmother Concetta Ferrari escaped an arranged marriage in Novara di Sicilia by selling some of the family jewels and hopping a ship to America. True or not, Concetta indeed landed in the promised land, though we don’t know exactly where. She married Louis Lapelle and had two children: Milio and Tony. The family eventually made their way to Huntington where Louis had his own stonemason business. Louis died young, and more family lore includes the story of how Concetta nursed back to health one of Louis’s employees, Antonio Manilla, another stonemason from the city of Limpidi, in the province of Calabria, Italy. Thus, the romance was sparked.

Concetta and Antonio married and had two children: Serefina, and our father, Charles Manilla.

Albert Esposito, M.D.

Albert Esposito, M.D. was born in Pittsburgh, PA on November 9, 1912.  He received his undergraduate degree from the University of Pittsburgh and his medical degree from Loyola University in Chicago, IL.

He honorably served his country in the U.S. Army in World War II. After his military service, he taught at the Ohio State University.

He married Elizabeth “Bettye” Dodson, the love of his life and lifelong partner in just about everything, in 1946. The couple moved to Huntington in the late 1940s and raised three children:  Bettina, Gregory and Mary Alice.

Joe Ciccarelli

He was born February 9, 1957, the son of the late Angelo J. and Roma M. Ciccarelli. After graduation from Oak Glen High School in New Cumberland, W.Va., Mr. Ciccarelli came to Huntington to attend Marshall University.  He earned his bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice from Marshall University in Huntington, W.Va. He joined the Huntington Police Department in 1977 and completed assignments in the Administrative, Patrol and Special Investigative Bureaus. In 1984, he was appointed as an FBI Special Agent and, after the completion of New Agents Training, was assigned to the St. Louis Field Office. In 1987, Mr. Ciccarelli was transferred to the Miami Field Office and held various investigative and supervisory positions before his return to West Virginia in 1998. 

2015 Italiano! Family of the Year – The Hagy Family

2015 Italiano! Business Family of the Year – Nick Morabito & Family

2015 Italiano! Community Leader of the Year – Fran D’Egidio

2015 Italiano! Business Man of the Year – John Brunetti

2016 Italiano! Italian American Family of the Year – The Leo Imperi Family

2016 Italiano! Italian American of the Year – Ernie Salvatore

2016 Italiano! Italian American Business Family of the Year – Rocco Muriale and Family

2016 Italiano! Italian American Community Leader of the Year – Monsignor Lawrence Luciana

2017 Italiano! Italian American Family of the Year – Aluise/Aloise Family

2017 Italiano! Italian American Community Leader of the Year – Mary Lovisa Neely

2017 Italiano! Italian American Businessman of the Year – Dan Yon

2018 Italiano! Italian American Family of the Year – The D’Antoni Family

2018 Italiano! Italian American Business Family of the Year – The Torlone Family

2018 Italiano! Italian American Community Leader of the Year – Dr. Peter Chirico

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