Restaurant of the Week: Pasta78

This fall, Chandler welcomed the state’s very first build-your-own pasta concept, Pasta78, where a bowl of handmade, just-like-Grandma-made spaghetti is just minutes away.

In November, Pasta78 opened in Chandler, giving East Valley dwellers access to a customized, fresh pasta dish in a matter of minutes. Plus, the fast-casual dining spot is family-friendly and super-affordable, making it easy to justify a heaping helping of homemade pasta any night of the week.

The concept for Pasta78 was inspired by founder Como Magliozzi’s father, Chef Antonio Magliozzi, who is known for his legendary culinary career. Pasta78, says Como, “brings his authentic Italian approach to cooking to a fast-casual concept for everyone to try is an honor.”


Like most fast-casual concepts, guests order at the counter at Pasta78. They get to choose from a variety of freshly made pasta options, like spaghetti, fettucine and rigatoni. The pasta of choice is then cooked to perfection right in front of your eyes. It is topped with one of several homemade sauces, with our personal favorites being bolognese, lobster cream and pesto. Protein and veggies may also be added, and each bowl is finished with cheese and fresh basil. On the side, each dish comes with an Italian breadstick.

There is a little something for every family member: Kids will devour a bowl of spaghetti and meatballs while papardelle smothered in lobster cream is a treat for those craving a little attainable decadence.

Pasta78 also offers several grab-and-go salads like mixed green, Caprese salad and an Italian tuna salad made from the family’s traditional recipe. Desserts include torta della nonna, cannoli and sfogliatella.

Pasta78 is open 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Sunday through Thursday and 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. on Friday and Saturday. For more information on Pasta78, visit

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