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The only way I know you can put not-fresh pasta into a cooker and have it come out fully cooked in a few minutes is to parcook it and let it dry again. (But then, I'm not Mark Ladner who knows some sort of magic.) Lots of places go the par-cook, cook, then throw it into boiling water for a couple of minutes and voilà, "freshly cooked" pasta. That's how instant ramen work.

 

Yes, I believe that's exactly what Ladner is doing.

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The only way I know you can put not-fresh pasta into a cooker and have it come out fully cooked in a few minutes is to parcook it and let it dry again. (But then, I'm not Mark Ladner who knows some sort of magic.) Lots of places go the par-cook, cook, then throw it into boiling water for a couple of minutes and voilà, "freshly cooked" pasta. That's how instant ramen work.

 

Yes, I believe that's exactly what Ladner is doing.

 

Me too - though I thought there might actually be some freezing involved - perhaps after par-cooking the pasta?

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The only way I know you can put not-fresh pasta into a cooker and have it come out fully cooked in a few minutes is to parcook it and let it dry again. (But then, I'm not Mark Ladner who knows some sort of magic.) Lots of places go the par-cook, cook, then throw it into boiling water for a couple of minutes and voilà, "freshly cooked" pasta. That's how instant ramen work.

 

Yes, I believe that's exactly what Ladner is doing.

 

Me too - though I thought there might actually be some freezing involved - perhaps after par-cooking the pasta?

 

 

The pasta is imported from Italy and frozen in a factory in the Midwest according to Cuozzo, who loves it. Then again, he raved about Made Nice and Martina (which both also got positive write-ups from Time Out NY and Village Voice).

 

It's funny. On the other hand you have Wells and Sutton, who've been sort of dancing around each other for the past few years, slamming Per Se and both panning Made Nice (not sure if there are other examples). Sutton disliked Martina and Pasta Flyer. Wonder if either will get an NYT review.

 

Also, Sneak, did you happen to try the meatballs? Sutton called them "otherworldly," while Cuozzo says they're "flavorless."

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Pasta imported from Italy is no guarantee of quality: see Barilla.

 

 

Almost all Barilla pasta sold in the USA is made in the USA, not imported from Italy.

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This place is started to sound more and more exciting. Cant wait until they roll out their Nutella desserts lasagna

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Given the premise of this place, the pre-opening publicity and the price point this is turning out pretty much as I expected.

 

In the media there's been some talk about Pasta Flyer being the Shake Shack of pasta. The problem with that is there's a mystique about burgers that doesn't extend to pasta. That mystique made Shake Shack out to be more than it was. Ladner doesn't get the benefit of anything like that.

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Also, Sneak, did you happen to try the meatballs? Sutton called them "otherworldly," while Cuozzo says they're "flavorless."

No, I made the assumption that they'd be as Cuozzo ended up characterizing them.

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(Well, maybe Lamarca makes its own sauces, IDK. But many sauces are cooked in batches in lots of places.)

Oh, I see I was unclear. I don't want to suggest that Pasta Flyer doesn't make its own sauces; I'm sure it does. I just meant that I'm sure they're batched pretty largely.

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(Well, maybe Lamarca makes its own sauces, IDK. But many sauces are cooked in batches in lots of places.)

Oh, I see I was unclear. I don't want to suggest that Pasta Flyer doesn't make its own sauces; I'm sure it does. I just meant that I'm sure they're batched pretty largely.

 

 

 

I'm sure you're right. At their price point that's pretty much mandatory.

 

They may find an audience for this but it's not likely to be us.

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They may find an audience for this but it's not likely to be us.

Do shopping malls still exist in great flyover country?

 

 

You have some treats in store. Visit the Kings Plaza mall at the end of Flatbush Ave. Or even better, pair up a visit to a Staten Island thin crust pizza place with a visit to the Staten Island mall. It's another world.

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