CHARLESTON, W.Va. (WOWK) – The unofficial staple food of the Mountain State has found new roots in the Lone Star State.
The pepperoni roll is quickly gaining popularity in Northern Texas, specifically in big cities like Dallas and Plano and they are selling like crazy.
They are light, flaky, very filling and are a big sell for us, said Ayad Barzani, owner of Angelo & Vito’s Pizzaria in Dallas, TX who serves pepperoni rolls.
They have their own recipe made from scratch.
“It doesn’t matter whether they’re from North, South, East, whoever tries one time I’m very sure is going to come back to it,” said Barzani.
One mom and pop shop, The Pepperoni Grill located in Charleston makes hundreds of pepperoni rolls a day and sells out quickly.
The demand for the almost heaven greasy goodness is so high they even ship out-of-state freshly made rolls on next day delivery.
Owner, James Wells said, “[the pepperoni roll] is like a heritage, they’ve been making them, you eat them at schools, it’s just like a staple of West Virginia.”
It’s a staple because it was predominantly the lunch of choice for miners in the coal fields.
The pepperoni roll is typically crafted with three major ingredients – dough, cheese and pepperoni. As for constructing it, everyone has their own style.
With the news of the pepperoni roll branching out West, Wells said, “I think it’s a good thing, it just shows the heritage our state and how it’s started expanding nation wide.”
Wells said he’s even considering opening shop in Texas.