CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Two pounds of soft, pillowy bread encasing slices of spicy pepperoni.
That's Appalachian Power Park's signature menu item for the upcoming West Virginia Power baseball season, which starts tonight with the home opener against the Asheville Tourists.
"We're marketing it as the largest pepperoni roll sold in West Virginia — until someone proves us otherwise. When they do, we'll make a bigger one," said Nate Michel, the Power's director of food and beverage.
The Vandy Roll, named after a friend of Michel's, will sell for $16 and can feed multiple people. It will be sold with a side of marinara sauce.
Rocco Muriale, owner of Rocco's Ristorante in Ceredo, was tasked with creating the monster pepperoni roll.
"I couldn't believe he wanted a one-pound pepperoni roll at first. I said 'What? A pound pepperoni roll? You've got to be kidding.'
"And I made one, and it wasn't big enough. And another. We went back and forth three or four times. Now, I'm creating a two-pound pepperoni roll to shut him up," Muriale joked.
"Rocco has been great," Michel said. "It's a good-quality pepperoni roll, and I think people will love it. I want fans to get excited."