Jack Fasciano has settled on a spot for his Angelo’s Wichita Bake @ Home Italian Foods – the former Toni D’s space in Carriage Parkway, 650 N. Carriage Parkway.
He expects to sign the lease sometime this week, he said, but isn’t sure yet when he’ll be able to open.
In March, Fasciano raised more than $40,000 through a Kickstarter campaign designed to give him seed money to start the business. He received donations from all over the world, including from Italy and the Philippines. Kickstarter is a website that allows people to attempt to raise money online for causes or projects.
At first, Fasciano said, the business will serve to-go food only and be open five days a week – Tuesdays through Saturdays. People will be able to buy pizzas, manicotti and lasagna that they can take home and cook. They also will be able to get fresh salads, bread and Angelo’s famous Italian dressing.
The plan, he said, is to begin offering hot lunch in the dining room after about six months in business. He envisions serving pizza by the slice, pasta dishes and salads.
Fasciano says his daughter, Gina, and his granddaughter will help him run the business, and he’s also looking for employees he can train.
Fasciano, whose parents, Angelo and Anna, opened the original Angelo’s in the 1950s, grew up in his family’s restaurant business, which expanded to several Wichita locations over the years. Fasciano closed the last remaining Angelo’s at 1930 S. Oliver in July 2006, ending a 46-year run. But fans of the food have not stopped publicly missing it. Last year, Fasciano started a Facebook page called “Bring Angelo’s Back to Wichita,” which now has almost 2,400 members.
For several years, Fasciano had been preparing a long list of items from the restaurant’s former menu in his home kitchen and serving them, for a suggested donation, to customers.
“My customers, they’re the best people in the world,” Fasciano said. “What they’ve done for me is unbelievable. I’ve got to pay them back somehow.”