Finally! I will be able to get a fresh pepperoni roll in the Eastern Panhandle!
Where I grew up in Harrison County, everyone ate pepperoni rolls. They sold them at gas stations, at the concession stands at Lincoln High School football games (where you could get them served hot, split open, and loaded with sauce and cheese), and they even served them what I swear was once a week in the school cafeterias. The biggest debate was "sliced or stick"? Some people liked them with piles of sliced pepperoni, while some preferred stick pepperoni. I like mine with stick pepperoni, and sometimes with hot pepper cheese.
When I went "off to college"--45 miles up I-79 to WVU--it was still easy to find a good pepperoni roll. So naturally, I assumed you could find one anywhere in West Virginia. Boy, was I wrong!
When I moved to the Eastern Panhandle, I was simply heartbroken to learn that finding a good pepperoni roll was nearly impossible. None of the local bakeries made them. So, every time I go home to visit my Mom & Dad in Lumberport, Mom has a bag of pepperoni rolls waiting for me. I bring them back and freeze them, thawing them out one by one when I get a craving. My wife (who is a McDowell County native) doesn't quite get it. But my kids do.
I was as pleased as I could be to learn that now "about 10 locations in Martinsburg, including Wal-Mart and a variety of convenience stores," will be carrying "the five different varieties of Rogers & Mazza’s Pepperoni Rolls." The bakery sells both stick and sliced pepperoni rolls.
If you don't know what a pepperoni roll is, go to the bakery's web site and order some, www.pepperonirolls.net.
Now, my kids will be able to enjoy pepperoni rolls in their lunches, too.