It’s the oldest family owned Italian bakery in West Virginia. Founder Carmen Antonio “Tony” Tomaro began producing traditional loaves of bread and walked throughout the community selling his bread from a basket.
“My mother in law said he would buy a sack of flour next door from Shingleton Brothers, make that bag of bread, go sell it and come back and buy another sack of flour, and that’s the way he started out,” said Janice Brunett.
The bakery started making its famous pepperoni rolls back in the mid 1930s, and it continues to this day. Pepperoni Rolls are actually the state food. On an average day, the bakery will make around 60 dozen pepperoni rolls.
“When you’re driving it’s very easy to handle. It’s not messy like a hot dog when you’re driving. You can fix it up, you can put peppers and cheese in it and it’s good,” Brunett said.
The present day Tomaro’s Bakery, now in the hands of fourth generation owners, is located in the same Glen Elk location where it all began. Family recipes are still in use. In addition to pepperoni rolls, the bakery makes and sells Italian bread, different sizes and shapes of round breads, hoagie buns, pizza crust, and dinner rolls. You’ll find their products primarily in the Fairmont, Shinnston, and Clarksburg area. Brunett said the business is growing by enlarging the bakery to increase production without sacrificing the quality.
“It’s feels good you can keep an eye on everything, and it’s going to be better when we open up the back. We’re adding an addition to the back, and all this production area will be move backed there,” Brunett said.
Tomaro’s Bakery seems to be a household name. The Brunett family believes excellent customer service has been important to their family for more than 100 years.
“We’ve had very, very good reviews, and people saying they can’t wait to come back or every time they come back to Clarksburg their first stop is Tomaro’s Bakery,” Brunett said.