Photo by Adam Milliron.

Justin Severino is going whole-hog with Salty Pork Bits, his online charcuterie business.

During the 2019 holiday season, he opened a pop-up retail location at 2018 Smallman St. in the Strip District to sell his award-winning meats. The temporary business was such a success, it’s now a permanent fixture in the neighborhood.

The 200-square-foot space operates Saturdays and Sundays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., offering an expanded selection of charcuterie and related products.

Shoppers can choose from hand-crafted salami, pate, bacon, guanciale, pancetta and whipped lardo.  They also offer frozen, uncooked sausages in a variety of flavors, such as hot and sweet Italian, breakfast sausage, bangers, bratwurst, chorizo, morcilla and boudin noir.

Photo by Adam Milliron.

Severino makes all of the food at Morcilla, the award-winning Spanish restaurant he co-owns with Hilary Prescott Severino. His online incarnation of Salty Pork Bits offers a monthly subscription model.

Last summer, the four-time James Beard Foundation Award nominee opened Larder of East End, a casual, counter-service eatery located inside East End Brewing Company’s Larimer facility. He’s also got a quick-service cafe near North Park in the works.

Kristy Locklin

Kristy Locklin is a North Hills-based writer. When she's not busy reporting, she enjoys watching horror movies and exploring Pittsburgh's craft beer scene.