There is no Accio Pepe pasta, no Longbottom Linguine, nor even Expectopatripolini on the menu at Pasta Wiz — a new Williamsburg restaurant claiming to be inspired by J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter series.
Instead, the magic is all in how quickly the pasta is made, owner Alex Dimitrov tells Gothamist. Dimitrov — who also owns Bulgarian, bi-level bar Mehanata on the Lower East Side — promises that all pastas will arrive to the table within three to five minutes after a guest has ordered.
It’s a create-your-own pasta menu that starts at $10 and includes four bases: spaghetti, fettuccine, fusilli, and radiatori. From there, diners choose toppings, like ham, tomatoes, bacon, and mushrooms before deciding on a sauce. Magic Meatballs nod to the concept, while Vegan Mediterranean is rather straightforward: a bowl of spaghetti dressed with olives, sun-dried tomatoes, zucchini, mushrooms, and vegan cheese.
While it’s surprising the restaurant misses out on the opportunity to serve a chocolate frog dessert, the space at 60 North First St. does incorporate a few design nods to the Wizarding World: There’s a sorting hat on the counter.