Montclair, NJ – You no longer have to choose between Italian or ramen.
pastaRAMEN, a pop-up dining experience at secret locations in Montclair, New York, Miami and Los Angeles, is now making its permanent home in Montclair.
This first-ever Italian ramen shop brings Japanese and Italian cuisine under one roof in a style called “Wafu-Italian,” which directly translates to “in the style of Japanese and Italian” and blends ingredients, textures and techniques from both worlds.
Robbie Felice, chef-owner of the critically acclaimed Viaggio Ristorante and Osteria Crescendo, and Luck Sarabhayavanija, of Ani Ramen and Montclair Hospitality Group, are partners in the new venture. The two longtime friends came up with the idea for pastaRAMEN in 2020 as a way to support restaurant staff during the pandemic and maintain the ability to dine in an intimate setting. Felice, who has worked in multiple Michelin-starred kitchens across the globe, helms the kitchen of pastaRAMEN, while Founder Sarabhayavanija and Montclair Hospitality Group CEO Joey Simons, with almost two decades of experience in hospitality, heads operations.
“The response we received from our pop-ups in Montclair, Jersey City, Miami and Los Angeles was overwhelmingly positive, so when it became clear that there was an appetite for pastaRAMEN and this new type of cuisine, we knew we wanted to give the restaurant a permanent home in New Jersey,” says Felice. “As a chef, it’s incredibly rewarding to get to be creative and give people a dining experience they’ve never had before. Just imagine walking into an Italian ramen shop. That’s pastaRAMEN.”
Felice’s ecletic à la carte menu features umami-rich flavors such as cacio e pepe gyoza, a hand-folded, deep-fried dumpling bursting with imported parmigiano Reggiano and fresh cracked black pepper; mochi ramen carbonara tsukemen, a signature pastaRAMEN standout delicately balanced with limone, sesame, togarashi, parmigiano and egg yolk; tonkotsu ramen with porchetta and crowd-favorite udon alla amatriciana which combines guanciale, tomato, miso, black pepper, chili, scallion and pecorino romano.
The restaurant is BYOB, but pastaRAMEN offers an extensive craft mocktail list, so bring your favorite wine or spirits.
pastaRAMEN, located on 6 South Fullerton Avenue, seats up to 65 guests in an 1800 square foot space. The space, like the food, is a whole vibe, with a bold, pop-art graffitied wall by local artist Victoria Poplaski and another eye-catching mural, by Juan David Henao, that pays homage to the streets of Tokyo. Sleek black leather booths, natural wood textures, dim-lit ambiance and an open kitchen create a mood that echoes pastaRAMEN’s speakeasy-style roots.
pastaRAMEN opens this Saturday. Hours will be Monday to Thursday from 5PM -10PM and on Friday and Saturday, the restaurant will be open until 11pm. 4pm to 9pm on Sundays. Reservations can be made through Resy, and private event inquires can be directed to firstname.lastname@example.org or call (973) 337-6965 to inquire.