Almost Heaven Rolls™ from the mountains to the valleys, spreading the love of West Virginia, one pepperoni roll at a time.
Owner, Gretchen Heiskell Darrell, is a proud Mountaineer, born and raised in Morgantown, West Virginia. She grew up watching WVU football and eating pepperoni rolls. After living in Morgantown and Charleston for most of her upbringing, Gretchen moved to Athens, Ohio to attend Ohio University. That is when she realized that pepperoni rolls were neither widely known nor readily available anywhere in Ohio. In 2000, Gretchen began developing her own dough recipe and making pepperoni rolls regularly, from home. Now a mother of three, Gretchen has decided to bring this commodity to Ohio by opening Almost Heaven Rolls in 2020.
History of the Pepperoni Roll (according to Wikipedia)
The pepperoni roll was first sold by Giuseppe "Joseph" Argiro at the Country Club Bakery in Fairmont, West Virginia, in 1927. The rolls originated as a lunch option for the coal miners of north-central West Virginia in the first half of the 20th century. Pepperoni rolls do not need to be refrigerated for storage and could readily be packed for lunch by miners. Pepperoni and other Italian foods became popular in north-central West Virginia in the early 20th century, when the booming mines and railroads attracted many immigrants from Italy. The pepperoni roll bears a resemblance to the pasty and sausage roll, which originated in the mining communities of Great Britain, as well as the Italian calzone.