new dishes at porano by pastaria debut monday, july 16. photo by spencer pernikoff for porano by pastaria

Porano will change name and menu, adding Pastaria dishes

Big changes are coming to Porano Pasta. The downtown fast-casual eatery is eliminating the build-your-own concept and modifying its menu, altering its service model and changing its name to Porano by Pastaria. Niche Food Group chef-owner Gerard Craft said changes go into effect Monday, July 16.

“It’s been over two years since we opened, and we’re looking toward the future, and saying, ‘What do we like about this concept, and what don’t we like about this concept? What do we think the future of fast-food looks like, and how do we best present it?” Craft said.

Craft said most of Porano’s sales are pasta, so it made sense to zero in on that aspect and perfect it using his Clayton Italian eatery as a guide.

“If we’re just talking pasta, quite frankly, I thought we could do the pasta side better, and I think we do it better out at Pastaria,” he said. “Merging those concepts brings us closer to what my vision looks like for the future.”

At Porano by Pastaria, guests will still order at the counter, but from a set menu instead of building their own bowls. Those who dine-in will receive real plates and silverware, which Craft said will also help mitigate some waste issues.

The new menu will feature some Pastaria favorites like its popular kale Caesar salad, as well as rigatoni or spaghetti topped with sauces like the Amatriciana or Bolognese.

Porano specialties like the Alfredo and cilantro pesto sauces will remain, along with Detroit-style pizzas, risotto balls, focaccia and cheesy bread. Porano’s frozen Negroni and frosé will be joined by classics like a Bellini and Aperol spritz. A new kid’s pasta menu will also be available. 

Craft said the restaurant will host soft openings Saturday and Sunday to prepare Monday’s debut. Porano by Pastaria hours will remain the same: Sunday through Thursday from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Friday and Saturday from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.

porano by pastaria's new menu debuts monday, july 16.

Matt Sorrell is staff writer at Sauce Magazine.

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