By PAUL SEBERT
HUNTINGTON – The Mulberry Street Meatball Company is the second Italian restaurant in Huntington owned and operated by the Hagy family.
Located in the former home of The Peanut Shoppe, the restaurant is best known for serving up sandwiches with Italian flair. Ralph Hagy owns and operates the restaurant with his wife, Terri, as well as his sons, Jordan and Joe. The restaurant will mark its two year anniversary this October.
“We had been running La Famiglia for three years when we decided to open a second restaurant. We felt there was a need for place to serve lunch downtown,” Ralph Hagy said.
He said La Famiglia offered lunch at that time but that it was hard for some downtown workers to leave their offices, get to the restaurant, park, eat and get back to work during the lunch hour.
“So we decided to move the lunch to where it was more convenient for our customers,” he said.
The restaurateur was hoping to locate on 4th Avenue and discovered the location of the former Peanut Shoppe was available.
“My friend Dennis Johnson owned the Galleria, and he wanted to put some kind of restaurant in that space. Most of the condos there are rented to Marshall med students, and he wanted something that was close for them to grab lunch.”
Mulberry Street uses what’s called a staging kitchen to get its sandwiches delivery to hungry students and downtown office workers.
“We come to La Famiglia every morning and prepare everything for lunch before we take it to Mulberry Street. That includes our meatballs, sausage, pasta salads and soups.” Hagy said. “We also usually run a different special from day to day.”
The signature sandwich is the Mulberry Street Meatball.
“It and the restaurant are named from Mulberry Street in Williamson where I learned to cook with my mother and father,” Hagy said. “It’s our famous homemade meatballs, slow-cooked sauce and mozzarella cheese on fresh baked bread. We also make our own sausage for our sausage sandwich according to an old family recipe.”
Also on the menu is the Cosenza, a slow-roasted chicken sandwich topped with citrus aioli, arugula and provolone; a cheese panini with mozzarella, provolone and fontinella cheeses; and the Porchetta, a slow-roasted pork sandwich.
“We have a homemade soup each day,” Hagy said. “One of our most common is our tomato bisque which we make with imported Italian San Marzabo tomatoes. We also make our Italian chicken soup. Our pasta salads have been in big demand as the spring season starts.” Hagy said.
He said the specials change from week to week, and folks should expect to see a spring mix salad, more pasta salads and fresh fruit cups coming soon.
The Mulberry Street Meatball Co. and Deli is located at 941 4th Ave. next to the Keith-Albee Performing Arts Center. It is open 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday through Friday and closed on weekends. Cash and all major credit cards are accepted. For carry-out orders and more information call 304-529-3354.
If you go: Mulberry Street Meatball Co. and Deli:
TYPE: Italian deli
ADDRESS: 941 4th Ave., Huntington
PAYMENTS: Cash and all major credit/debit cards
HOURS: 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday through Friday
MORE INFO: Call 304-529-3354
(Reprinted by permission from the Huntington Herald-Dispatch)