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Pasta Flyer, Mark Ladner's Gluten-Free Side Project, Touches Down in NYC This Month

The renowned chef brings his Kickstarter funded quick-service gluten-free pasta project to Manhattan.

Mark Ladner photo: Krieger

Del Posto chef Mark Ladner's gluten-free, quick-service side project Pasta Flyer is set to make its NYC debut this month with a pop-up on Cornelia Street from December 18-20. After successfully funding Pasta Flyer with a Kickstarter earlier this yearLadner has been touring the East Coast with his pop-up for the past few months, testing the college-heavy waters of Boston, Providence, and New Haven. Now he's brought it back to home turf, ready to serve up gluten-free, shellfish-free, and nut-free pasta, cooked to order ramen-style (though the flavors lean Italian). He's already impressed many gluten-free diners with his pastas at Del Posto (which he has no intention of leaving behind), so it will be interesting to see how this casual version stacks up.

The pop-up will be open for both lunch and dinner, and with Urbani Truffles as a sponsor, attendees can expect a lot black and white truffles on everything. No word yet if tickets or reservations will be available or if it is strictly first come first served basis. The pop-up will take place at 7 Cornelia Street, which, notably, was once the home of the now-shuttered Wong Restaurant. That was supposed to re-open as Vuong in September, but has yet to do so (and it's unclear if it ever will).

It remains to be seen where Pasta Flyer will go from here. Will it be the next Sweetgreen? Or the next Brodo?