Chef Mark Ladner, of Del Posto Italian restaurant in New York City, is taking his gluten-free pasta making talents to the masses with the launch of quick-service restaurants called Pasta Flyer in the Northeast. Chef Ladner has created a patent-pending pasta cooking technique that enables him to serve any combination of al dente pasta, sauce, and a side in three minutes.
Though Ladner does not suffer from celiac disease, he feels everyone is entitled to an equal dining experience and has always taken gluten allergies very seriously. In 2013, he created a gluten-free replica of Del Posto's entire pasta menu, down to the 100-layer lasagna. Chef Ladner has not only embraced gluten-free cooking, but he is on a mission to enable everyone who loves pasta to enjoy an affordable Italian dining experience.
After three years of research and development, Chef Ladner has developed a pasta bowl (think fancy ramen) that marries two of his favorite cultures: rural Italy's unhurried pasta lunch, and urban Japan's quick-service ramen shops. Pasta Flyer delivers handmade Italian-style pasta in the same amount of time it takes to prepare a bowl of Japanese ramen. All of the pastas, five different shapes, will be made in a gluten-free certified facility. Lunch will be served in Bene Boxes, or "good” boxes with gluten-free pasta, salad, protein, and a snack of the day for under $15.
Of course, all of this progress requires financial backing and their Kickstarter campaign needs support from the gluten-free community. The goal is to raise $85,000 by July 5 to enable the project to move forward. Every dollar helps and there are some great incentives for each pledge. Chef Ladner will be launching a pop up tour prior to opening the brick and mortar restaurants. The tour stops will be determined by the highest concentration of backers, not the most financial support, so let's show them that Southerns support their efforts!