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I went to the new restaurant that wants to become the 'McDonald's of pasta' — and they are onto something big

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  • We tried four different pastas from Pasta Flyer, the new quick-service pasta joint from James Beard award-winning chef Mark Ladner.
  • Ladner is offering pasta that's made in 40 seconds and costs between $7 and $8.
  • We were shocked to find that the noodles and sauces were cooked to perfection and tasted like they were being served at an upscale restaurant.


This past January, James Beard award winning chef Mark Ladner left his position as head chef of an upscale NYC Italian restaurant to open a casual, quick-service pasta joint.

Nine months later, Ladner is serving up $7 to $8 bowls of pasta at Pasta Flyer, which was hailed the "McDonald's of pasta" before it even opened.

And Ladner is just fine with that comparison.

We took a trip to the new restaurant to see how one chef is combining two of the restaurant industry's most tried and true concepts into one revolutionary model.

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Ladner came up with the concept for Pasta Flyer after noticing a general lack of high-quality food offered at relatively inexpensive prices.

"There's no reason why people who aren't wealthy shouldn't be able to have access to good food," Ladner said.

So he opened a quick service pasta restaurant in hopes of attracting not the Instagram-obsessed foodies whose attention most restaurants clamor for, but the "people where food isn't necessarily a priority in their life."

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