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Tomaro's

411 N. 4th St., Clarksburg, WV - (304) 622-0691
Posted By Larry Pryluck on 6/20/2009 10:09:00 PM
I stopped at Tomaro's on a Monday afternoon, easy-off-and-on from US-50. The aroma was wonderful; the scent of fresh bread is one of my favorites. The loaf of bread was pre-bagged in paper and still warm, with the great hard crust* and substantial, chewy moist interior described in the original writeup. The pepperoni roll was also warm, full-flavored and not greasy.

I was disappointed, however, in that they didn't have anything in the way of sweets, and also disappointed that they use calcium proprionate as a preservative; I think a good local bakery should not have to. But on the whole, well worth the stop.

*My old dentist tells a wonderful story about stopping at an Italian bakery somewhere in West Virginia hoping for a good loaf of bread. As the Italian baker said he didn't have anything with a crust, he picked up a loaf of bread and started beating the counter with it, saying in his accented English "I tried to bake real Italian bread with a crust, but everyone here thinks it's stale. So they don't buy it. All they want is that soft-a, white-a s@#+!" I'll have to send him to Tomaro's.

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3 - Overall: Excellent - Worth a Detour
Overall: Excellent - Worth a Detour
Italian Loaf
pepperoni roll
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We tore open this pepperoni roll to show how the twigs of meat are enclosed in the bread and how, as it bakes, oil from the pepperoni seeps out and into the soft fibers of bread all around.
"We tore open this pepperoni roll to show how the twigs of meat are enclosed in the bread and how, as it bakes, oil from the pepperoni seeps out and into the soft fibers of bread all around."
Michael Stern





We had no cutting board and no knife, and nothing to sandwich between slices, so we simply gnawed on this hard-crusted loaf as we drove around exploring Clarksburg. It is everything a great Italian bread should be, and it is available with different degrees of hard crust, from barely brittle to wickedly crunchy.
"We had no cutting board and no knife, and nothing to sandwich between slices, so we simply gnawed on this hard-crusted loaf as we drove around exploring Clarksburg. It is everything a great Italian bread should be, and it is available with different degrees of hard crust, from barely brittle to wickedly crunchy."
Michael Stern


The pepperoni roll is the unofficial state snack of West Virginia. Here is a trio of Tomaro's mini rolls, each a 2-3 bite affair.
"The pepperoni roll is the unofficial state snack of West Virginia. Here is a trio of Tomaro's mini rolls, each a 2-3 bite affair."
Michael Stern


Tomaro's motto is no joke. Lack of preservatives insures that by the next day, one of these great loaves is good only for croutons, pain purdu, or bread pudding.
"Tomaro's motto is no joke. Lack of preservatives insures that by the next day, one of these great loaves is good only for croutons, pain purdu, or bread pudding."
Michael Stern


The retail area inside Tomaro's is quite small, so small that it is not uncommon to find a line of customers outside the door waiting to get in and buy their baked goods. Tomaro's has been an Elk Point neighborhood bakery since 1914.
"The retail area inside Tomaro's is quite small, so small that it is not uncommon to find a line of customers outside the door waiting to get in and buy their baked goods. Tomaro's has been an Elk Point neighborhood bakery since 1914."
Michael Stern



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