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Tomaro's

411 N. 4th St., Clarksburg, WV - (304) 622-0691
Posted By Michael Stern on May 4, 2001 6:58 PM
Clarksburg is a city with a strong Italian heritage and some fine restaurants to match, most notably Julio’s, across from the train station, where there is no written menu; waitresses tell you what’s for supper. (Start with bean soup, then get a plate of pasta!)

One of the most interesting expressions of West Virginian / Italian culture is the pepperoni roll, as made in several town bakeries. A short length of pizza dough baked around sticks of pepperoni scarcely bigger than wooden matchsticks, the pepperoni roll has become popular through much of West Virginia, and you will find versions of it sold in convenience stores, gas stations, and groceries. Tomaro’s makes some of the best pepperoni rolls: modest-size handfuls of silky dough risen and baked around the spicy pepperoni, becoming an irresistible combination of zesty, oily meat and fluffy bread inside the crust.

Tomaro’s has been a family business since 1914. It’s motto: Eat Tomaro’s bread today.

Julio’s is at 501 Baltimore Avenue in Glen Elk. Phone: 304-622-2592
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Italian Loaf

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Posted By Larry Pryluck on June 20, 2009 10:09 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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Italian Loaf
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Posted By Dick Tito on October 4, 2003 11:13 AM
I stumbled across Julio's when I went looking for Tomaro's in Clarksburg, WV. Michael has a brief comment about Julio's embedded in his review of Tomaro's but it really doesn't do Julio's justice. I'm not sure Julio's is exactly what Roadfooders are looking for, but it is one excellent restaurant. The menu during the evening is very upscale, but the the value is extraordinary. There is a sandwich and pasta menu during the day that you can ask for at night, but go for one of the nightly specials. This is a great place with great food. The appetizers are all freshly made with local products and the soup is to die for on a chilly night. There are a number of fish and meat specials that change nightly. Julio's is a little out of the way, but if you're traveling through the Mountain State on Route 79, get off on Route 50 and go into Clarksburg - it may take you a minute or two to find the restaurant but you'll be glad you did.
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