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The Circle of Food

September 1, 2012

Raised in Williamson, West Virginia, Joseph and Jordan Hagy’s memories of home are centered around the family’s Sundays at their grandmother’s. Even when they were too small to see into the simmering pots, they appreciated the aromas and food and love were intermingled so strongly. Their dad and uncle cooked, so learning to cook was a normal and enjoyable way to spend time together.

After a year living in the dorm at Marshall University, Joseph moved off campus and rented a house. He soon bought it and his brother and others joined him there. Today that house is the location of La Famiglia, a restaurant in the Southern Italian tradition of Calabria.

Joseph graduated with a degree in political science, completed law school at Appalachian School of Law in Grundy, Virginia and has taken the bar, currently awaiting the results. He believes he will practice family law to some extent but his love for food lead him into researching the way the food system has developed in the United States, so his future pathway in law may become interesting.

Meanwhile, the house was modified to become a restaurant. A door out the back provided a perfect place for a wood fired brick oven for pizzas. They use the oven also to roast peppers, slow cook briskets overnight and other food prep that adds to the complex flavoring of some dishes that are familiar.

La Famiglia serves wood-fired pizza, mezzaluna sandwiches and pastas, with a nice beer and wine list, espresso, gelatos and other desserts. They plan on preparing Pitta ‘mpigliata for Christmas and will be taking orders for this dessert that will remind people of baklava in some ways.

I met Joseph and Jason when they came into the Wild Ramp Market and came back, week after week, to see what fresh produce was available. Purchasing tomatoes, peppers and herbs to supplement the restaurant’s front garden, they have become regular Wednesday afternoon shoppers at the market.

We decided it was time to go taste and see and we had an enjoyable evening sampling the Antipasta Plate and two 10-inch pizzas, the slow roasted brisket and the pesto chicken. The crust is chewy and the flavors are delicious.

Flour for the crust is imported from Italy. Many of the meats are either from New York City or Italy. They make their own mozzarella and the sauce is a long family tradition.  He teased us with a taste of the sauce which we dipped into with some crust pieces. Yum…..go try.

La Famiglia

1327 6th Avenue
Huntington, WV
(304) 523-1008
Hours: T–TR 11am–2pm & 5pm-8pm
F 11am-2pm & 4pm-9pm
Sat 4pm-10pm

Marshall and Big Green ID for 10% discount

6 Comments leave one →
  1. Dubrovniklady permalink
    September 1, 2012 12:21 pm

    Next time I am in town, we are going here!

    • September 1, 2012 10:46 pm

      You visited last year and it was open but I was not aware of it. We got you to a few yummy places tho!

  2. September 1, 2012 9:37 pm

    Looks absolutely yummy.

  3. September 1, 2012 10:30 pm

    This is one place I have been wanting to try out… now I have to go!

    • September 1, 2012 10:44 pm

      I had not been aware of it before the chefs started coming into The Wild Ramp…guess I don;t drive down 6th Avenue that way often! It is worth going there and enjoying!

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