We are a small family business and we specialize in the production of a wide variety of Italian pork products. Our family is from Parma, Italy, which is where our name comes from as well as our production techniques and recipes. We are located in the heart of the historic Strip District of Pittsburgh, PA. The Strip is filled with an amazing selection of shops run by local artisans and purveyors, and is a favorite shopping spot for Pittsburghers and out of towners.
We use only the highest quality ingredients starting with fresh pork, fresh spices and most importantly time and care. We are USDA inspected daily. We have our own standards that go above and beyond industry standards to ensure each product meets our taste test before it is packaged for sale. When you purchase one of our products, you are guaranteed quality by our USDA seal, but most importantly our family name is represented using our Parma Brand logo. Always look for the Parma Brand Eagle! Our trademark since 1962.
In the early 1930's, on the island of Corsica, just off the coast of Northern Italy, Alessio Spinabelli was a hard working shoe cobbler. He made some of the finest leather boots for high ranking state officials. One day, as an acknowledgement of his shoemaking talents, the Mayor, the Priest, and the Teacher in the town of Ortiporio, invited Alessio to dinner at the Mayor's residence. The wine was good, the meal was fair, but the antipasto was "terrible!" as Alessio boldly told all three men. Naturally, they all took offense and demanded to know how a shoemaker would know anything about the art of making salumi. Alessio being from Parma, Italy, the area known for its mastery in the fine art of dry-curing products, told these men, "Next fall, I will come and kill your three pigs with my own men, I will make and supervise all products, and by Easter you will be sampling real Salami and later, Prosciutto." So the challenge was made, and the three men who happened to be the most influential people in the town did their part of Alessio's request and he set to work creating his own Salumi and Prosciutto. Needless to say, the following Spring there was an entourage of people wanting to sample Alessio, the shoemaker's products. The minute the Mayor, the Priest, and the Teacher tried Alessio's products, they proclaimed he must open his own Salumificio. All three pitched in, one supplied the place, one supplied the license, and the Priest helped with finding the funds. And so, the Spinabelli tradition of making fine Italian specialty meats was born.
During World War II, Alessio and his family had to flee Corsica. The family was separated for a while, Alessio and his wife, Rina, made it to Pittsburgh in 1949. They settled in the Strip District of Pittsburgh and started working two to three jobs each. Late at night, they would make sausage products to take to different restaurants during the day. Luckily, in 1954, their sons, Luigi and Lodovico Spinabelli, were able to come to Pittsburgh. The family continued making products and selling to various places. Luigi was determined to make the family business work here in America and all together they created Parma Sausage Products, which was established in 1954 and Incorporated in 1962. Luigi had the vision and the willpower to work the long, hard hours to establish Parma Sausage in the culinary world.
In the 1980's, Luigi's daughter, Rina, along with her husband, John Edwards, began learning the family trade and continued to grow the business. Staying true to technique, traditions and family recipes, Rina and John led the third generation of family members at Parma Sausage. Introducing new products that were not always "Italian" and showcasing new production skill sets, they mastered the arts of the dry curing process and offered many new and exciting products that have become staples to this day. While growing the business, they grew their own family, having three beloved children, Amy, Erin, and Jacob Edwards. As with the previous generations, the family business was never pushed onto the next generation, instead all three children jumped at the opportunity to be a part of the family legacy.
Throughout the early 2000's, the fourth generation began working in the business, learning the trade, techniques, values, business principles, and coveted family recipes. While growing the family business, the fourth generation began growing as well. Amy introduced her husband Chris Wyatt into the business, who now manages production. They have three children, Gwen, Logan, and Beau Wyatt. Erin, and her husband, Darren Schumacher, manage sales and marketing, and have two children, Dylan and Julia Schumacher. Jacob Edwards continues developing and improving the retail storefront, telling our story and giving tasty samples to tour groups, and offering a friendly, welcoming smile to our customers.
We continue to make our products as Alessio did in Corsica, with great pride knowing the taste test is still the most important way to keep people happy.
Thank you for all of your support and encouragement over the years from all of us at Parma Sausage!
December 2023 Retail Store Hours
Monday - Friday 9am to 3pm
Saturday 9am to 2pm
Closed on Sundays
Closed Christmas Eve Sunday 12/24
Closed Christmas Day Monday 12/25
Tuesday 12/26 - Friday 12/29 9am to 3pm
Saturday 12/30 9am to 2pm
Closed New Year's Eve Sunday 12/31
Closed New Year's Day 1/1/2024
Tuesday 1/2 - Friday 1/5 9am to 3pm
Closed Mondays in January