HOUSE CONCURRENT RESOLUTION 34
(By Delegates Young, Barach, Bates, Booth, Brown, Bruce, Clark, Conley, Diserio, Fleischauer, Fluharty, Forsht, Garcia, Griffith, Hansen, Holstein, Hornbuckle, Horst, Hott, J. Jeffries, Jennings, Kimble, Longanacre, Lovejoy, Mallow, C. Martin, McGeehan, Nestor, J. Pack, Phillips, Pinson, Pritt, Pushkin, Reed, Reynolds, Riley, Rohrbach, Rowan, Rowe, Skaff, Storch, Thompson, G. Ward, Williams, Worrell, and Zukoff)
[Introduced March 9, 2021]
Declaring the “pepperoni roll” to be the official State Food of West Virginia.
Whereas, Often referred to as the “unofficial state food of West Virginia,” the simple-to-make pepperoni roll is more than the sum of its parts, every single bite is filled with soft, warm bread infused with flavor from the freshly cut, delicately seasoned pepperoni; and
Whereas, Philadelphia may have its cheese steak and New York its bagels, the pepperoni roll was first created in Fairmont, around 1927 by Italian immigrant baker, Giuseppe “Joseph” Argiro, and it should be no surprise that it quickly became a daily staple for coal miners and struggling families; and
Whereas, In 1987 when the United States Department of Agriculture proposed restrictions that threatened to put the family-owned bakeries of pepperoni rolls out of business, West Virginia Pepperoni Roll producers contacted Senator Jay Rockefeller who intervened and successfully saved the entire industry; and
Whereas, Today, the humble pepperoni roll is ubiquitous around the mountain state and may be found in restaurants, bakeries, convenience stores and family kitchens, eaten cold or hot, this simple food continues to sustain West Virginians from every walk of life, coal miners, artists, business people and students; and
Whereas, Country Club, Tomarro’s, Chico’s Dairy, Colasessano’s and Nu Era Bakery are only a few names that may not be in business today if the proposed change had been implemented. The pepperoni roll is as popular as ever and is enjoyed everyday throughout West Virginia and the states that our bakeries supply; therefore, be it
Resolved by the Legislature of West Virginia:
That the Legislature hereby recognizes the significance of the “pepperoni roll” in the state and by so doing declares that the “pepperoni roll” is the official State Food of West Virginia; and, be it
Further Resolved, That all citizens of West Virginia to join in recognizing the value and importance of pepperoni rolls in West Virginia; and, be it
Further Resolved, That the Clerk of the House of Delegates forward copies of this resolution to the pepperoni roll bakeries of West Virginia.