Chef Justin Severino's Salty Pork Bits Now Supplying Restaurants

Salty Pork Bits, the Pittsburgh-based charcuterie company founded by award-winning chef, Justin Severino, is now USDA-inspected to distribute its unique flavors of salami to restaurants, markets, and retail outlets nationwide. Founded in 2018, Severino has been selling his popular meats through an online retail shop (SaltyPorkBits.com) and shipping nationwide. The company started as a monthly salami subscription service, but quickly added a la carte products and a retail store in Pittsburgh before the pandemic.

“While the pandemic was devastating for the restaurant industry, including our Spanish restaurant Morcilla, it helped to accelerate our vision for Salty Pork Bits,” says Severino. “As small business owners, we have been fighting for our livelihoods. We made the difficult decision to shrink the footprint of Morcilla by twenty-five percent in order to expand production of Salty Pork Bits charcuterie and build a USDA-inspected facility on the lower level. Now we can sell directly to chefs, restaurants, and other business owners who have been asking for our products.”

Some of those chefs and restaurants include Michael Solomonov’s Zahav in Philadelphia, where lamb sujuk and lamb harissa now appear on the menu. And Los Angeles chef, Walter Manzke, who serves saucisson sec at his new bistro, Bicyclette.

Severino’s charcuterie program at his first restaurant, Cure, garnered national attention when it opened in the Lawrenceville neighborhood of Pittsburgh at the end of 2012. Both the curing room and the charcuterie program expanded in 2015 when Severino opened Morcilla to national accolades like inclusion on Bon Appetit’s Top 10 Best New Restaurants list, a nomination for Best New Restaurant from the James Beard Foundation, and Severino’s fourth nomination for Best Chef Mid-Atlantic.

Severino is committed to sourcing animals from a select group of producers who demonstrate humane, sustainable farming practices, including Pure Bred, Primal Supply, Iberian Pastures, Footprints Farm, Grand View Farm, and La Belle Farm.

Salty Pork Bits is a chef-driven company, so many of the salami flavors are one-of-a-kind, including Leek Ash & Porcini, Fernet & Olive, and Negroni. Mold is never introduced into the curing room, which allows the flavors of the ingredients to shine through.

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