While some chefs might be happy with four stars from the NY Times, Del Posto's Mark Ladner has been working on another venture: A gluten-free pasta bowls to be served in "family-friendly, ready-to-eat ramen shop setting." After a successful Kickstarter and a food truck tour of colleges, he's opened a Pasta Flyer pop-up restaurant in the West Village today. And it's really delicious!
There are three pastas to choose from—elbows, screws and tubes—and three sauces—marinara, pesto and porcini cream—along with toppings like meatballs, egg and bacon. Plus, there's a brown rice lasagna:
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We tried the pesto spirals, tubes with marinara and meatballs and lasagna. The pasta did not seem gummy, like some gluten-free pastas tend to be—tubes were hearty and lasagna was rich. The pesto spirals were a particular revelation, firm and flavorful. (Ladner has said he once served Jean-Georges Vongerichten gluten-free pasta at Del Posto without telling him, and Vongerichten couldn't tell the difference.)
The pop-up, located at 7 Cornelia Street, is open for lunch today, Friday and Saturday (11:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m.), plus dinner on Saturday (5 p.m.-8 p.m.). They are investigating whether they can open on Sunday. Tomorrow, you can also add grated black Urbani truffles to your dish for an extra $10, and on Saturday, there will be grated white Urbani truffles as a $20 add-on.