Buffettbuster…..I’m familiar with both Julio’s and Wonderbar. Julio’s is a wonderful place, and Wonderbar, for many years was the premier steakhouse in north Central WV. I haven’t been there for years , however and can’t vouch for it now. What really drew me to the place, was not the food , actually, but the atmosphere. Pure 50’s jazz lounge ambience……….it wasn’t hard to imagine the rat-pack hanging out there, even into the late 90’s. The crowning glory was looking out the picture windows and seeing Clarksburg by night…in the perfect shape of a champagne glass, the lights teeming like bubbles. Too cool old skool….
(I’m in Morgantown by the way)
Cheryl……I’ve been trying to "eddyfy" these non -believers of the joys of ethnic foods in our area for years. Some of ’em think our only contribution to italian- influenced cuisine is the pepperoni roll, but there’s soooooo much more, isn’t there? We need to drag them to the Italian Heritage festivals. I kind of attribute our true to the old country preparation of foods to our tendency to have low population change overs and less Olive Garden like influences corrupting the recipes handed down over generations of WV families. Our ethnicity -food purity is one one instance that I think the old joke" West Virginia, Land of 1,000,000 people and ten surnames" could be considered complimentary.[;)]
I never realized until this past weekend just how good of an eating destination Clarksburg, WV is. I read that approximately 40% of the town is of Italian descent. As you drive around the town, you see Italian restaurants one right after the other. It looks like it would take a week to try them all.
When I was eating in Julio’s on Saturday, we started talking with the couple at the table next to us. They said that Julio’s was the second best restaurant in Clarksburg, behind only a steak place called Wonderbar. Anybody familiar with this place?
Thanks for the tip! I will definitely pickup the latest Gourmet to read the article you mentioned. Wheeling is a very easy drive for me so I will have to check these places out. Considering how much I already like Coleman’s Fish and Hocutt’s BBQ in nearby Moundsville, Wheeling is turning out to be quite the Roadfood destination.
It was great to read in the current issue of Gourmet about the little-known Italian food spots here in West Virginia. I was especially pleased to read that Wheeling’s peculiar brand of pizza, DiCarlo’s Original, was included. Thank you, Jane & Michael. But the best Italian to this Wheeling daughter is, however, Figaretti’s. A family-owned bistro-type restaurant, Figaretti’s best feature is it’s award-winning sauce which can be purchased in all our local markets. My pantry only stocks this sauce. Figaretti’s restaurant is at the I70 exit 2 exchange in Wheeling, WV. Highly recommended.
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