Figaretti’s Restaurant Wins Best Italian Restaurant
By SCOTT McCLOSKEY
WHEELING — Figaretti’s Restaurant of Wheeling was recently named the best Italian restaurant in the state of West Virginia by LoveFood.com — and now the readers of The Intelligencer and News-Register also have chosen it as best Italian restaurant in the Ohio Valley.
Tony Figaretti, who still stays very active today in overseeing much of the business, and his son Dino, owner of the restaurant, said they feel extremely honored for all their recent accolades and attribute much of the success of the business to a great product that began with Tony’s grandmother decades ago. That, combined with decades of hard work by many family members, continues today.
While all of their Italian dishes, including pasta and meatballs, Fig’s heaping lasagna and ravioli are always customer favorites. Other very popular selections include the Thursday night prime rib special and Friday night lobster tail special. Grilled chicken or steak salads and Canadian white fish also are popular menu selections that can be ordered for lunch or dinner. They also have a large selection of wine and beer.
Dino Figaretti said he believes that you have to have a “tremendous love” for the restaurant business to make it a success. He said he is extremely appreciative of their customers support over the years, and he will work hard to continue with the success they have earned over the years.
It was in 1944 that Sicilian immigrant Anna Figaretti started making spaghetti sauce for her neighbors and selling it out of her garage. Now more than three generations later, Figaretti’s Restaurant in Wheeling, was recently named the best Italian restaurant in West Virginia by LoveFood. com, an honor that was recognized by U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin who read a proclamation before the U.S. Senate last month recognizing the business and its long-standing tradition in The Friendly City.
Tony Figaretti said there is a tremendous amount of family heritage and tradition associated with the business. He said after his grandmother began selling her own recipe of spaghetti sauce to neighbors and eventually to a few area grocery stores in the early 1940s, her five sons: Jack, Mike, Tony, Joe and Frank all, one by one, eventually got involved with the family business.
The original restaurant was located in Elm Grove where the current Eagles fraternal organization is located. Later, Tony Figaretti opened a new Figaretti’s restaurant in the Clator section of Wheeling. He said after his son Dino took over operations of the restaurant that he pretty much took the football and ran with it.
“He worked hard,” Figaretti said.
“To be successful today, especially in the restaurant business, you’ve got to be there and you’ve got to put in long, long hours,” he added.