Dear Wafu 和風 Italian,
You are influenced by the original 1950s Wafu pasta concept at a Tokyo restaurant, Kabenoana, meaning “hole in the wall.” You were initially born as an invite-only experience in changing luxe settings, an unforgettable omakase meal was the centerpiece. We brought you to New York, Miami, Los Angeles, weaved you in and around our hometown, New Jersey. The culinary world praised our speakeasy omakase experience, and now pastaRAMEN brings a reimagined form to the streets of Montclair, New Jersey.
pastaRAMEN, the first-ever Italian Ramen shop, is a perfect marriage of Japanese and Italian culture and cuisine. You are sensational and sacred. You are a blend of meticulous techniques and deep flavors. You strive for an umami-rich taste, as strong as the love for an Italian grandmother's rustic cooking. Your passion for uniting ramen and pasta, and miso and parmigiano-reggiano is what leaves us speechless. Your only rule is to be a mystery of whether you are Japanese or Italian.
We have already shown you off to the country, and are excited to reintroduce you as an elegant Italian Ramen shop. Our James Beard Nominated rising star Chef, Robbie Felice, is dedicated to quality ingredients and traditional techniques. Chef invites guests to imagine being in Japan, dining at an Italian restaurant with a Japanese Chef preparing an Italian meal. This is the essence of you; Wafu (和風) means Japanese-style, and you are Japanese-style Italian. You are what gives guests the experience of a WTF sense of wonder at what’s being served.
Our dream of you being the next big thing is here.