STEUBENVILLE - Vice President Joe Biden enjoyed a chicken parmesan dinner Wednesday evening and the company of the Joe Staffilino family at the Naples Spaghetti House in Steubenville.
Biden and his staff arrived shortly after 5 p.m. and soon took the trip from his hotel to the restaurant where he was greeted by co-owners Susan Delatore and her children Tim and Lisa Delatore.
"I have heard a lot about this restaurant from Ted Strickland. I love Italian food and I'm hungry," Biden told the Delatores.
Photo by Michael D. McElwain
Joe Staffilino Sr., right, owner of Staffilino Chevrolet in Martins Ferry, greets Vice President Joe Biden Wednesday at Naples Spaghetti House in Steubenville.
"We are honored to have you here," replied Susan Delatore.
Biden and former Ohio Gov. Ted Strickland joined the Staffilino family after Biden greeted several surprised patrons eating dinner in the restaurant. The Staffilino family at the restaurant included Joe Staffilino Sr., president of Staffilino Chevrolet in Martins Ferry; Donna Marie Staffilino, wife of Joe Sr.; Joe Staffilino Jr., general manager of Staffilino Chevrolet; Angela Lee Kessler Staffilino, wife of Joe Jr.; Anthony Staffilino, Joe Jr.'s son; and Cassie Wamsley, Joe Jr.'s stepdaughter.
Following his two-hour stop at Naples, the Biden campaign caravan traveled to Cara Place in western Steubenville where he spent 35 minutes at the Joe Staffilino Sr. home before greeting some neighbors.