It isn’t Italian food, but a transplant from New Orleans due to Hurricane Katrina set up shop in Clarksburg and is apparently doing well.
Yet another place in Clarksburg I want to try.
Roossy, isn’t it almost anniversary time for the Purple Runza?
Auto Appalachia? Does this mean that it’s a self-fulfilling prophecy… automatically?
I’ll Be Coming ‘Round The Mountain When I Come (To Get Me Some Pepperoni Rolls!), Ort. Carlton in Mountainless-But-Hilly Athens, Georgia.
Do they serve purple Runzas here?[}:)]
Thank you for the explanation of Alto Appalachia. I am from Pittsburgh and I have never heard that term before.
Oh Gawd…………I sound like Hoffmudgeon now? Saints preserve us!
Hey, Red, you beat me to it. [:D]
Mike and Michael,
In the 50’s, 60’s and 70’s, Alto Appalachia was a term coined by the Pittsburgh media and commonly used by the Washington DC and other media for an area that followed what is now 1-79 but then was old US 19, from Morgantown to Clarksburg in north Central West Virginia. A huge amount of Italian peoples settled in the narrow Monongahela River Valley of West Virginia, because of the glassmaking and coal industry. Originally , it was used to describe the plethora of Italian culture and foods along the rivervalley. Unfortunately, in the late 60’s and 70’s it was a term with a double edge on it, because it was then often used, incorrectly, for a surgence of Mafia -related activities in the area. The Wheeling-Weirton areas were included too in the ALto Appalachia designation because of the amount of Italian heritage around the steel and glass making industries there and it’s proximity to Pittsburgh,
And that’s the rest of the story…….[;)]
I don’t think "Alto Appalachia" is term you’d find on a map. I believe our editor made it up as the headline for the story.
Thanks for the reply about Wonderbar. It sounds like a really cool place. On one of these weekends coming up, I plan on going down to explore more of Clarksburg.
I would also be very interested in checking out one of the Italian festivals, so please let us know if you hear anything.
I’ve never heard this region called alto applachia. Anyone else heard this before?
Cherylmaxine, thanks for posting this information. Welcome to Roadfood!
Hey Redtressed, will ya let me know when 1 of the bigger Itialian festivals will be? I’d be interested in driving over to try it out.
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