This is the place to go for pasta, pepperoni rolls, and everything in between.

Every restaurant on this list could be called a Clarksburg culinary institution. Something about the town, with its cliques of older Italian gentlemen, food-centric Italian-American culture, and legion legacy food establishments makes its food scene unlike any other in the state. When you have a hankering for pasta like your grandmother made, Clarksburg will deliver—and then some. Don’t worry, we won’t tell Nonna you prefer this food to hers.

Julio’s Cafe
Everything about this establishment is classic old-school Italian, from the mural of Venice to the tin ceiling to the truly first-class pasta fagioli. It’s been a Clarksburg staple since 1967, and it’s currently run by the third generation of restaurateurs in the family. 501 Baltimore Avenue, 304.622.2592

The Fifth Floor
This spot is smack dab in the middle of downtown Clarksburg, but still manages to feel tucked away. From a side street you go down a hallway, ride an elevator to the fifth floor, and find yourself in a room with exposed brick, high ceilings, and a long bar lined with top-notch liquor. All the locals know this is the place to come for a great martini and killer views of Clarksburg, plus soups, salads, and paninis. The food is light, unique, and always delicious. 134 South 3rd Street, 304.326.5555


The Wonder Bar
Stepping inside this place is like stepping into an old Humphrey Bogart film, filled with the red-carpeted walls and white-linen tablecloths. It serves the kind of steaks Bogart would have appreciated, too: tender, grilled to perfection, and topped with bubbling hot blue cheese sauce. 1012 Wonder Bar Road, 304.622.1451,


written by Shay Maunz