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North Huntingdon pasta maker wants to branch out with eatery

| Wednesday, Jan. 30, 2013, 9:02 p.m.

A North Huntingdon-based pasta manufacturer hopes to break into the restaurant business this spring.

Steve Salvi, owner of Fede Pasta, applied to receive a special exception from the North Huntingdon zoning hearing board to make room for a retail store and 30-seat restaurant, which will be in an adjacent 1,500-square-foot space in its current building in Banco Industrial Park.

Banco Industrial Park is in a Pedd-1 district, which permits most industrial uses, according to zoning Officer Tom McGuire. Because Salvi's plans are not listed as a permitted use in the district, he must obtain a non-onforming use permit, McGuire said.

The zoning hearing board heard Salvi's case earlier this month and postponed its decision until its meeting Tuesday.

Salvi started Fede Pasta in 2005 in the basement of his home in North Huntingdon. He moved into a 2,500-square-foot space in Banco Industrial Park three years ago.

Fede Pasta produces artisan pastas for wholesale from its Banco Industrial Park location and offers Italian-cooking classes by appointment.

“We sell to restaurants, and we get occasional calls because the name of our company appears on menus and in magazines,” Salvi said. “People want to buy the pasta, so I hope to set up a retail section and offer lunches during the week, and possibly on Saturdays.”

Salvi said he plans to start the restaurant by offering only lunch, but if there is a demand and staffing is available, he would consider adding dinner service.

Currently, Salvi has no plans to obtain a liquor license but said he might consider one later to sell wine.

“I grew up Italian, and you'd always sit there with a glass of wine with dinner,” Salvi said. “Having pasta without a glass of wine is like eating a large plate of (chicken) wings with a glass of water.”

McGuire said Salvi would need to transfer a liquor license from outside of North Huntingdon and have it transferred in, with approval from the township commissioners, state Liquor Control Board and Banco Industrial Park.

Salvi said he hopes to have the retail space and restaurant open in the spring.

Brad Pedersen is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 412-856-7400, ext. 8626, or

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