Photos by Beth Galton
After making his mark and garnering accolades for his work in NYC Batali-Bastianich concepts like Del Posto, Babbo Ristorante and Otto Enoteca Pizzeria, chef Mark Ladner left the group in January to work on a fast-casual concept/his first solo debut, Pasta Flyer, which officially opened earlier this week. It’s the latest quick-serve pasta concept to arrive in NYC, and Ladner already has his eye on expanding Pasta Flyer nationwide.
Lasagna, garlic dots
“It has been a longtime professional and personal dream to make high-quality, Italian cuisine more accessible in America,” says Chef Ladner in a press statement. “Pasta Flyer is at once warm, hospitable and Italian in spirit, but also quick and affordable enough for everyone to enjoy." The chef is trying to do for pasta what Chipotle did with Mexican food, and what Danny Meyer has done for burgers and pizza (with Martina) — offer high-quality ingredient-based gourmet dishes at an accessible price. Made Nice from the EMP group is another recent example of the trend.
Ladner has carefully sourced ingredients from small Italian purveyors – including pasta made with fresh-milled ancient grain – to create high-quality, authentic food. Nothing on the menu is over $10, and pasta is cooked to order in less than three minutes.
Vegetable sides, salad
There are five different pastas (including a gluten-free penne) and four sauces on the menu, which can be mixed and matched, though there are preset options available like organic fusilli with basil pesto sauce ($7), fettuccine with alfredo sauce ($7.25) and whole grain rigatoni with meat ragu ($7.50). Salad and sides like spicy broccoli rabe, fried cauliflower and garlic dots round out the fare, plus a few beer and wine options. Full menu here.
Spaghetti and meatballs, side salad
510 6th Ave. Open Monday to Saturday 5PM–10PM with lunch hours to come.