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If you need a read while waiting for lunch at DiCarlo’s Famous Pizza in downtown Wheeling, West Virginia, check out the large plaque just to the left of the front door.

It tells the whole story of Ohio Valley Pizza, a regional kitchen whose history begins right in Steubenville, Ohio in the late 1800s. That’s when the DiCarlo family left their home of Sora, in Italy, to come to the United States. They opened a small grocery store to serve their fellow immigrants, and the store quickly became famous for its Italian bread. It became so popular that the family converted the entire business into a bakery, making bread as well as cakes, donuts and cookies.

This story originally aired on the August 19, 2022 episode of Inside Appalachia.

This story is part of the Inside Appalachia Folkways Reporting Project, made possible in part through support from Margaret A. Cargill Philanthropies at the West Virginia Public Broadcasting Foundation.