• Diana Brandt

Restaurant opening: Pasta78

Pasta78, the state’s first build-your-own pasta concept, will open its first location in Chandler on Monday, November 2. The fast-casual Italian eatery will give guests the opportunity to enjoy a customized, fresh pasta dish in a casual environment at an affordable price point.

“I am thrilled to be able to share the fresh pasta and sauces that were inspired my father, Chef Antonio Magliozzi, with our guests,” founder Como Magliozzi said. “He has been celebrated for his legendary career as a celebrity chef and restauranteur, and to be able to bring his authentic Italian approach to cooking to a fast-casual concept for everyone to try is an honor.”

At Pasta78, guests will build their own pasta bowl by choosing one of the several homemade, fresh pasta options as well as a house made sauce, protein and toppings.

Pasta 78 will have a rotation of several pastas including a gluten-free option. The primary pasta options will include two long noodle variations and two short noodles, made fresh on-site every day. The restaurant will also serve several homemade pasta sauces including a signature marinara and pesto, as well as specialty rotating options such as lobster cream and the famous Italian tuna red sauce.

A variety of proteins and vegetables are also available to add to the pasta, including meatballs, sausage, chicken, pancetta, grilled artichoke and eggplant, to name a few. From there, every bowl will be topped with Pasta78’s specialty blend of cheeses and fresh basil, then served with a traditional Italian breadstick.

Additionally, Pasta78 will offer several grab-and-go salad options including a mixed green salad, Caprese salad and an Italian tuna salad made from the family’s traditional recipe. Dessert options will include classic Italian favorites such as torta della nonna, cannoli and sfogliatella.

Pasta78 is located at 2780 W. Chandler Blvd. Suite 6, Chandler. The restaurant’s hours will be 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Sunday through Thursday and 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. on Friday and Saturday. For more information about Pasta78, visit pestoeatery.com or follow on Facebook.