Country Club Bakery

One of the best

According to Jeanne Mozier in her indispensable guide book, Way Out in West Virginia, the pepperoni roll was invented by Giuseppe Agiro at the Country Club Bakery in Fairmont in 1927. We spoke with one of the top pepperoni-roll makers in town today, who told us that he was quite certain it wasn’t invented until the 1940s, but date notwithstanding, no one disputes the primogeniture of the Country Club; and anyone who’s traveled much in West Virginia knows that the pepperoni roll is the Mountaineer State’s favorite quick-eats snack/meal.

Many of the pepperoni rolls sold in grocery stores and convenience marts in the greater Fairmont area are supplied by Country Club Bakery. For an absolutely fresh and pure taste of this distinctive specialty, we suggest travelers stop at the source and buy a half-dozen or a bag full. They are like handy little sandwiches – a sheaf of spicy pepperoni sticks enclosed in dough reminiscent of the puffy rim of a pizza pie. You can understand why pepperoni rolls used to be a favorite lunch for coal miners to carry with them underground: portable, self-contained, and long-lasting. These are all qualities that make them excellent car-food, too!

What to Eat
Country Club Bakery, pepperoni roll
pepperoni roll
Note how a bit of seepage from the hot pepperoni sticks flavors the fresh-baked roll.
Directions and Hours
closed now
Monday7am - 4:30pm
Tuesday7am - 5:30pm
Thursday7am - 5:30pm
Friday7am - 5:30pm
Saturday7am - 2:30pm
This restaurant is featured in the following eating tours.
4 stops | 21 MILES | 27 min

Early in the 20th century, settlers from Italy came to the north central part of West Virginia to work coal mines, railroads, and farms. Their legacy is a bounty of Italian-accented good eating as well as one dish unique to the state: the pepperoni roll.  Invented by baker Guiseppi Agiro in 1926 at the Country Club…

Open Year Round
Meals Served
Credit Cards Accepted
Alcohol Served
Outdoor Seating

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