Consider the pepperoni roll.
Italian immigrant Giuseppe Argiro invented the treat as a quick lunch for coal miners in the 1920s.
Now almost a century later, the humble snack recently represented West Virginia in a contest of state foods.
The pepperoni roll received more than 53,000 votes, handily defeating culinary contenders like the Philadelphia Cheese Steak and the Boston Cream Pie to become the nationwide winner.
Nineteen percent of West Virginia Poll respondents said they would pick the pepperoni roll as the state food, while 17 percent opted for pinto beans and cornbread.
Ramps were selected by a robust 15 percent, and hot dogs with chili and slaw were preferred by 11 percent.
Six percent of residents said "brook trout" should be the official state food . . . which would make Salvelinus fontinalis both the official state fish and the official state dish.
At least no one suggested eating a black bear or a cardinal.
Poll results show many West Virginians have traveled widely in the state, with 83 percent having visited the state Capitol building in Charleston, 77 percent making a trip to the New River Gorge and 69 percent stopping by Hawks Nest State Park
About half of respondents had visited Snowshoe Mountain, The Greenbrier and Harper's Ferry, but only 35 percent had seen Blennerhasset Island.
All that travel has apparently given residents a grasp of state history.
When asked which state or territory West Virginia broke away from, an overwhelming 94 percent hit the correct answer, Virginia.
Unfortunately, 2 percent said Pennsylvania and 1 percent of respondents believe West Virginia seceded from Ohio.
But keep this in mind before you blame those poor, overworked West Virginia History teachers: 27 percent of poll respondents were not born in the Mountain State. We'll blame them.
But that still would have most of our adopted sons and daughters knowing one fundamental fact. The better Virginia went West.
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