Esteemed former Del Posto chef Mark Ladner is finally ready to introduce his fast food pasta restaurant Pasta Flyer to the public.
The new restaurant, located at 510 Sixth Avenue between West 13th and West 14th Streets in Greenwich Village, opens its doors Monday night at 5 p.m. — serving a menu of mix-and-match pasta and sauces.
It’s him and partner Nastassia Lopez’s bid to create the McDonald’s of pasta, i.e. a low-cost restaurant where meals come out quickly. The aim is for diners to receive their meals in less than a minute. Pasta costs as little as $6, and two meal deals are intended to mimic other fast food restaurants. For $9.99, Pasta Flyer offers spaghetti and meatballs, a side salad, and a fountain drink.
The restaurant was supposed to debut earlier this year, but an eleventh-hour problem delayed the opening by months.
Ladner and Lopez are not the first team with a fine dining pedigree to try and make a pasta chain, but Ladner argues that his background means the ingredients at Pasta Flyer are particularly nutrition-packed and flavorful.
Pasta Flyer will be open for dinner from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. starting tonight. Lunch hours will come later. See the full menu here, and stay tuned for photos of the space and more.