Former Locanda chef to soon open Pasta Supply Co. in Inner Richmond

If you love pasta, you’ll be delighted with a new store in Inner Richmond that will eventually become a mini pasta factory, pasta and pasta retail store, and restaurant. Pasta Supply Co. is the brainchild of chef Anthony Strong who honed his pasta-making skills in Italy with the help of Italian grandmothers, as SFist reports. Strong has transformed an old furniture store at 236 Clement into the pasta mecca of his dreams. According to Tablehopper, the new store will open for retail on March 25.

Photo credit: Pasta Supply Co/Kickstarter

Strong is using a campaign on Kickstarter to help raise funds to get Pasta Supply Co fully operational and has done much of the space work himself. “We started this project, and I did the entire design and build to save money when building during a time of inflation, thank goodness for DIY videos on YouTube. But we need a little more trail to cross the finish line, staff up, pay for major ADA and electrical upgrades, and start off on the right foot,” Strong writes on his Kickstarter page.


Photo credit: Pasta Supply Co/Kickstarter

After chef positions at restaurants like Pizzeria Delfina and Locanda, Strong never lacked for business ideas in the food industry. He launched a delivery-only restaurant concept in 2017, then opened his restaurant Prairie in 2018, which ended up closing in the summer of 2020 due to the pandemic. Less than a year later, he launched SuperStella Van, where he says he “found a vintage VW camper van named Stella, rebuilt it with a private dining area to seat 4 people, and hosted dinner parties behind the Ferry Building”.

Anthony Strong and his “Stella” van | Photo credit: @superstellavan/Instagram

Fast forward to today, and Strong’s vision for Pasta Supply Co. is as clear as day. “We create a casual and engaging space, a pasta playground, a mini-factory behind a large display of freshly made pasta and everything needed for everyday pasta making or for special occasions at home. House. Our dining room will be small and cozy,” Strong says on Kickstarter. Once the restaurant opens, it will seat around 40 diners and will serve four or five rotating pasta varieties daily, vegetable options and, of course, wine. There’s no word yet on an opening date for the restaurant side.

Photo credit: Pasta Supply Co/Kickstarter

As for the retail space, Tablehopper reports that Strong will offer “30 different homemade pastas and 12 sauces.” It should be open from March 25 from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.