New York City: Four Pasta Makers
Quick pasta is on the move, with establishments such as Pasta Flyer, the Sosta, Solo Pasta Bar, and Pasta Wiz in the forefront. It’s a new category of fast food that’s satisfying, economical and produced by a professional chef. NYC is becoming a hotspot for delicious-on-the-go pasta that won’t break the bank or make you late for work.
- Pasta Flyer
Pasta Flyer takes classic Italian cooking techniques, refined over generations, and turns the dial forward to the future. We grow food slow, cook it low, and serve it fast. The menu is simple, focused on five types of noodles (fusilli, rigatoni, gluten-free penne, spaghetti, and fettuccine) and four types of sauces (pesto, marinara, bolognese, and alfredo) along with sides such as spicy broccoli rabe and baked eggplant parm. All menu items are less than $10 and served in less than 3 minutes. The result is authentic Italian pasta dishes, served at light speed.
- The Sosta
Their mission is to bring the simplicity, style and quality of a true Italian experience to New York City. The atmosphere flaunts open space with great lighting and classic marble counters. Walking up, you’re greeted with a neon sign that says “Mangiamo Baby” which generally translates to “Eat Baby”. The menu may be small but is full of tasty bites that range from brunch items to hearty homemade pastas. They showcase local and seasonal produce with a small cocktail menu to complement everything.
- Sola Pasta Bar
The menu features eight pastas, mostly familiar ones like penne all’arrabbiata, linguine with clams, fettuccine Bolognese and tagliatelle with porcini. A few salads, antipasti and desserts are also served. There are 16 seats at the kitchen counter, another 10 at a communal table to one side and 44 at banquette tables along one wall. The chefs do both the cooking and serving. Their mission is to pay exquisite attention to authentic flavors and exceptional Italian cuisine, promoting its simplicity above all.
- Pasta Wiz
The restaurant promises that dishes will arrive from the kitchen between three to five minutes after ordering. As with many fast-casual restaurants of its ilk—order off the tablet and pick up at the counter, there’s no table service—the restaurant employs a mix-and-match method for DIY pastas, in addition to combinations they’ve tested and approved. There are classics including “Magic Meatballs” ($12.95) over organic spaghetti and meat/dairy-free options like the “Vegan Mediterranean” ($13.95) with olive oil, garlic, scallions, olives, sundried tomatoes, zucchini, basil, mushrooms and vegan parmesan cheese over organic spaghetti.