Di Farina Pasta Factory, a popular Italian eatery in Pompano Beach specializing in homemade pastas and sauces, is getting ready to open a gourmet meat shop next door.

Di Farina Meat Shop will be located at 1905 E. Atlantic Blvd., selling high-end prime meats, cheeses, olives and oils. There will be a selection of grass-fed Argentine beef, lamb, pork, wagyu beef, poultry and hams.

Emanuel Fernandez, the owner of Di Farina Pasta Factory (1915 E. Atlantic Blvd.), has run his own Miami-based meat distribution operation since 2008, handling grass-fed, imported and prime meats.

“We have a passion for all things meat and high quality, so we wanted to expand these options to the people of our community,” said Fernandez.

Di Farina Meat Shop will offer fresh and frozen meats. All fresh meat will be cleaned, packed and inspected in another facility prior to arriving on site. The meat shop will also sell items to build a barbecue, such as charcoal, wood and barbecue salt for the meat.

Di Farina Meat Shop will be accessible through the restaurant. The main concept is for patrons to dine at Di Farina Pasta Factory, and then continue to the meat shop to purchase items to take home.

The interior buildout of the 1,200-square-foot space to be occupied by Di Farina Meat Shop began in mid-summer. Fernandez expects to open the meat shop in fall 2022. 

Fernandez owns the building that houses the restaurant and meat shop. Renovation work on the outside façade began early this year and was recently completed, featuring new signage, stone and paint.

The restaurant serves about 70 different types of pasta that are handmade on-site and preservative free. The pastas are available for purchase to cook at home or can be enjoyed in the restaurant with one of the approximately 20 sauces that are made in-house daily.

In July, the restaurant’s pasta-making station, or “factory,” moved into its own 1,200-square-foot adjacent space at 1909 E. Atlantic Blvd., allowing for more seating in the 2,500-square-foot restaurant.

There are plans to demolish a wall in the restaurant and install a glass window to showcase the pasta-making station to diners.

Fernandez expects to spend approximately $255,790 for the addition of the glass window and Di Farina Meat Shop. In July, the Pompano Beach Community Redevelopment Agency (CRA) Board approved a reimbursable Strategic Investment Program grant in the amount of $21,452 to go towards the costs.

Di Farina Pasta Factory celebrated its grand opening in February 2021.

“It’s great to see businesses open and expand like this,” said Pompano Beach Mayor Rex Hardin. “This is what the incentive program is all about – helping folks get up and running.”

In addition to pasta, Di Farina Pasta Factory serves classic Italian dishes made fresh to order, salads, homemade soups and lunch sandwiches. Catering for events of all sizes will be available in the future.

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