At the Red Caboose in Clarksburg, you'll find one thing inspires the food more than anything else: Italian home cooking. Owner John Arco's family has run the Caboose for decades now. And since his mother recently passed, he's determined to continue sharing their heritage.
"I'm still keeping the tradition alive... We have just about any Italian dish that you would like."
While you'll find many traditional Italian favorites on the menu, one of the things featured at the Red Caboose is their own creation. It's called the "spa-hoagie", and it's exactly what you think it is: pasta and meatballs on a bun, inspired by a request from Arco's son.
"When I came to work, he said, 'Dad can you make me a hoagie?' I said sure, he said, 'no, no, no, spaghetti and meatballs, just whatever.' So I came over, got a hoagie bun, cut it open, put spaghetti and meatballs, sauce and cheese, melted it in the oven, sold thousands of them," Arco said.
It's not just the food that keeps people coming back to the Caboose on a regular basis. Arco said even though they have a bar and game room, they cater to families and friends alike, and those who come are always made to feel at home.
"Johnny and the girls have always made us feel welcome. We love the people here, and it's like coming home here, it's good!" said Caboose regular Georgianna Dye.
In an area like Harrison County, there's plenty of places to find Italian food, but Arco said for classic Italian cuisine, there's only one place to go.
"A lot of people do very good at it, but if you want very good, traditional Italian, Calabrese Italian food from Italy, you've got to come to me," said Arco.