Pasta Corner: the new adventure of Vincent Benoliel and Matt Pokora

It is done. Although delayed for a few weeks, and still awaiting its official sign, the opening of the restaurant-counter Pasta Corner did take place, Wednesday, December 15 in Los Angeles, within the Original Farmers Market.

Awaited by all fans of singer Matt Pokora, resident in Los Angeles since 2018 where he joined his partner, American actress Christina Milian with whom he is raising his two children, this first restaurant formalizes his association with Vincent Benoliel, another French expatriate in the United States for 21 years, and at the head of Michelina pastry.

Fresh pasta specialist

Matt and I know each other very well, Vincent explains, he’s my best friend in LA and in life. I met him through my friend Gaël Monfils (the French tennis player). We’ve been wanting to partner up for a while. In Los Angeles, apart from the concept of Eataly, no one has really launched into this niche of dough. Our plans were a little delayed by the Covid crisis but we were lucky enough to be able to open in just four months, a record for the Original Farmers Market. »

Opened in the heart of the market, instead of a sandwich specialist, the Pasta Corner counter has therefore specialized in fresh dough, ” the one we make on site, in front of the customersexplains Vincent, that we offer in bulk to take away, in all varieties – penne, lumache or tagliatelle -, and accompanied by our homemade sauces. »

Around the counter, the first customers, most of whom came by chance or for the love of pasta, had the choice between a dozen recipes. ” The specialty of the house is the spaghetti with the wheelcontinues Vincent, pasta that is cooked directly in a giant wheel of parmesan cheese and that can be sprinkled with a little truffle “. Price of the plate: 25 dollars.

A French affair

À la carte, the two partners also offer the lumache Pink Vodka sauceVincent’s specialty, and the dish that Americans ask for the most, and add some traditional recipes ranging from tagliatelle go vongole bognolaise lasagna. Count all the same 17 dollars the plate of penne arrabiatta, the tagliatelle version with black truffle being tasted, it, at 29 dollars.

Determined to do well, the two partners hope to quickly duplicate their concept in the United States, but also in France. ” We are super confident, and the goal of opening ten Pasta Corners in the next few months is achievable! », Vincent concludes.

Matt Pokora and Vincent Benoliel have enlisted another Frenchman, Julien, former manager at Fred Segal, in their new adventure. A French business in the realm of pasta in LA, who would have thought!

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