Ladner has created a gluten-free pasta bowl that "marries traditional Italian culture with Japanese ramen efficiency," and thanks to a successful Kickstarter campaign, he's bringing that pasta on the road in his new Pasta Flyer truck with the eventual goal of opening restaurants in some college-heavy cities. Those restaurants will feature automated ordering kiosks and ultra-fast service, according to the Kickstarter campaign.
The bulk of the menu is an interchangeable selection of pastas, sauces, and proteins. One might order, for example, wheels with spicy tomato sauce, a poached egg, and crispy onions. There are also snacks, salads, and desserts.
Pasta Flyer is currently in Cambridge for a few days, operating on the Harvard campus (in the plaza by the Science Center) from 11:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. today (Monday, September 22) and 11:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. tomorrow and Wednesday. And tonight at 7 p.m., Ladner will give a free, public lecture called "Al Dente: When Plastic Meets Elastic" as part of the Harvard Science & Cooking lecture series.