MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (WDTV) - Puglioni's Homemade Pasta & Pizza in Morgantown, first opened in 1989.
The homemade chicken Parmesan is a local favorite. It starts with deep-fried chicken coated in bread crumbs and Parmesan, on top of a heap of homemade linguine, covered in fresh marinara and melted mozzarella cheese.
"I've been coming here for 20 years; we just really like the food," said long-time customer Gary Dubois.
Another loyal customer, Janice Pride, said, "We love the French fry salad, it's delicious. In fact, we come here probably twice a week."
The restaurant's owner, Brian Bruner, was a loyal customer for years.
Bruner is a chef by trade. His grandmother introduced him to cooking when he was a child. After Bruner attended business school, his grandmother encouraged him to pursue culinary school.
So, Chef Bruner pursued his dream and, along with his wife, bought Puglioni's in 2016.
"It's been one of my favorite restaurants to eat at and being a chef, I wanted to keep its integrity and keep everything the same," Bruner said.
"It's a place where everyone knows you're name; they're just nice people," said Pride.
Everything at the restaurant is made fresh daily, including the pasta. The chefs still use the original recipes from nearly 30 years ago.
Local favorites include the chicken Parmesan, the salads, calzones, and garlic bread.
Puglioni's hopes to remain a Morgantown favorite for many years to come.
"Come in, sit down, have a great time and a good feeling, and leave knowing that we care about our customers just as much as we do our restaurant," said Bruner.
The restaurant adds that they do offer catering services and daily specials. For more information, visit their Facebook Page or call (304) 599-7521.