New York chef Mark Ladner (exec at Mario Batali's Del Posto) will pop up in Philly next month to introduce the city to Pasta Flyer, the fast casual, gluten-free pasta concept he recently funded via Kickstarter.
While the project is currently in the pop-up phase, according to the crowdfunding campaign materials, Ladner's ultimate goal is to open a number of brick-and-mortar Pasta Flyer locations. The concept will specialize in customizable (and celiac-friendly) pasta dishes delivered to the customer "just as fast as a Tokyo ramen bar" — i.e., in about three minutes. The restaurants will also serve salads, snacks, and "bene boxes," an Italian take on the bento box.
Ladner will be hosted by chef Eli Kulp for a pair of events on Thursday, October 2. From 11:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., you can try a dish (TBD) off the Pasta Flyer menu at High Street on Market. While there's no word yet on exactly what Ladner will serve, expect something that attempts to elevate the usually dismal gluten-free noodle conversation for less than $10. High Street's regular lunch menu (which is notably gluten-full) will also be available.
Later that evening at Fork, Kulp and Ladner will collaborate on a special gluten-free tasting dinner. The five-course menu will run $150 per person (including tax, tip, and wine pairings) and will begin at 5:30 p.m. on October 2. Calling soon to reserve your spot would be advisable.
On October 3, Gluten-Free Philly reports that there will be another pop-up at Drexel University. They haven't yet put out details about the time or exact location, so keep an eye on Twitter if you don't want to miss out.
· Pasta Flyer [Official]
· All Pasta Flyer Coverage on Eater [-EN-]
· All Pop-Ups Coverage [-EPHI-]