A husband and wife team are picking up roots on the West Side and heading north to Hertel Avenue. In 2013 Eric Amodeo and his father in-law Mike Sedia opened up The Pasta Peddler at the Horsefeathers building on Connecticut Street. Not long after that, Eric’s wife Andrea joined in and opened up Blackbird Sweets (see the story here). A little over a year later the two businesses decided that it was time to search for a larger space in order to expand their offerings and accommodate their growing businesses. The search culminated with the two landing a 3000 square foot space at 1547 Hertel Avenue.
“Our businesses are growing, and as a result we have outgrown our current 650-square-foot operation,” said Eric Amodeo, co-owner of The Pasta Peddler. “Our new location will offer approximately 3,000 square feet of retail and production space. We also hope to add lunch and dinner service and an outdoor patio in the future.”
Since 1994 The Pasta Peddler has been setting up at farmer’s markets and selling goods at traditional markets. The business offerings include pastas, ravioli, sauces and cooking products. Pasta Peddler’s customers have found the freshly produced pastas to be some of the best in the region.
In 2004 Blackbird Sweets joined in on the family business wagon, creating a steady stream of sweets that include birthday, wedding and special event cakes, cupcakes, cookies and brownies. The Bidwell Farmers Market was an initial sales outlet, and also Horsefeathers Market.
Today the two businesses operate side-by-side and have found that customers in search of pasta for dinner, will often times grab dessert in short order (and vice versa). The decision to move to Hertel came about when an opportunity arose to grow their businesses together in a stand-alone setting in one of the premiere shopping districts in Buffalo. The addition of a restaurant component means that fans of the two businesses will be able to eat a “from scratch” prepared meal and then follow it up with a “from scratch” delicious treat – all made in-house just the way that mama used to do it.
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