The sudden onset of hunger pains is the leading cause of unfinished novels, canceled duels, and tied soccer matches. Today's deal employs delicious Italian cuisine to cut down on unfinished business: for $6, you get $12 worth of made-to-order pasta at Pasta Zola in Eden Prairie. The formula for customized-pasta fuel is simple at Pasta Zola: pick a pasta ($5.25 regular, $4.25 small), choose a sauce, and add meats and veggies ($1.99 each) to match your esophageal desires. Artisan pasta crafters can cook up whole-wheat penne topped with an alfredo or sundried-tomato pesto-sauce blend and add smoky bacon, whereas carb laymen can stick to classics such as corkscrews with marinara and meatballs. Construct a pasta palisade with a breadstick and fill your defense’s moat with a fountain drink to make it a meal ($6.99 regular, $5.99 small).
- The pastas are cooked to order and served in Chinese-style takeout boxes. The Thayers went with short-cut, extruded noodles like penne and rigatoni because the shapes worked best in that serving container, as they hold the sauces well, do not become too soft, and are easily stabbed with a fork, Kris says. – Rachel Hutton, the Hot Dish
- I ended up getting whole grain penne, cooked perfectly, with sun-dried tomato pesto alfredo and veggies. The veggies were awesome!!! Very fresh. – mermanda, Urbanspoon
Pasta Zola is a locally owned business to its core. Founders Mitch and Kris Thayer have lived, worked, and dined in the western suburbs of Minneapolis for decades. They decided to put their experiences to the test by building a business from the ground up, and in the process, they've established a place where visitors can do some building of their own, too.
Pasta Zola lets diners customize their pasta dishes. They choose from six different types of pasta, such as rigatoni and whole-wheat penne, before picking from 10 kinds of sauce, such as creamy alfredo or roasted red pepper. Then, instead of shipping uncooked dishes across the globe through an outsourcing program, Pasta Zola has its chefs prepare creations right on the spot. They'll even add extra goodies, including veggies and meats, upon request.
8251 Flying Cloud Dr.
Eden Prairie, Minnesota 55344Get Directions