There are plenty of premium pasta options in Kansas City, and one of them just got a lot easier to sink your teeth into. Zero Handmade Pasta, previously only available at farmers markets and via one-day-a-week online order, has a new storefront — and expanded inventory — that you can find in the Westside neighborhood.
Located in the former Ibis Bakery, Zero Zero still offers pickup and delivery of the week’s pasta every Thursday through its website, but the newly opened store allows them to play with many more pasta options than before. Co-owner Leah Steinberg loves the versatility it allows them.
“Our delivery service has started to develop a small following, but it might be difficult if someone falls in love with pasta for a week,” says Steinberg. Because Zero Zero worked with fresh pasta, they previously worked with a single pasta of the week format, which meant favorites went in and out of rotation. “[Now] We can stock several different varieties – if you’ve gotten one you like from us, you’ll probably find it in our freezer,” she says.
The culinary mastermind behind Zero Zero, alongside Steinberg, is Mitch Fagan, who has always enjoyed cooking as a hobby. Like many of us, Fagan took his interests to the next level in the early stages of the pandemic, when he and Steinberg began honing recipes inspired by a 2019 trip to Italy. Fagan delved deep into the process and methods of traditional pasta making, and the two quickly found that they had some delicious recipes on hand that they wanted to share.
“It started in a makeshift kitchen in the West Bottoms, and we were amazed at how many people signed up for our first few deliveries,” says Steinberg. “We hadn’t even really planned on ever opening an actual ‘store’ but we walked by the store, saw that it was open and popped in on a whim. It was too good an opportunity to pass up.”
The showcase helps highlight one of Zero Zero’s main draws: the freshness of their pasta. They work with several local producers; Their eggs come from Campo Lindo Farms, many of their seasonal produce come from Urbavore Urban Farm, and their flour comes from Marion Milling Company. Unlike most noodles you would find at the grocery store, Zero Zero’s noodles are not dried; it is frozen. It can go straight from the freezer to the stove. Just take some boiling water and put it in.
Talking to Steinberg about Zero Zero’s most popular options, it seems clear that they specialize in types of pasta that serve as little pockets of goodness. She mentions a lemon and garlic agnolotti as her favorite dish alongside corn and mascarpone ravioli. She also helpfully describes the difference for pasta rookies. Although both varieties are pockets, ravioli are made by layering a sheet of pasta, fillings, and a second sheet of pasta on top before cutting the squares. Agnolotti is made from a single long, thin sheet of pasta onto which you put a filling, fold the pasta over it and pinch the ends before finally cutting it into shape.
We all know that the easiest way to take pasta to the next level is with a delicious sauce, and Zero Zero has you covered on that front too. They stock a range of homemade sauces, but all you really need is their best-seller: a creamy parmesan sauce, seasoned to perfection with white pepper and garlic. Feel free to drink it straight from the glass.
The new store allows for a few other fun creases, but the big one is how things change over the weekend. On Saturday, you can actually settle down at a few small tables in the shop to enjoy Zero Zero’s pasta of the week, served fresh with a side of homemade focaccia. Nothing pairs with fresh pasta and bread like a glass (or three) of wine, and that’s coming soon — Fagan is also a certified sommelier, and the team is working to get her spirits license within the next few months, so customers can enjoy a curated one Wine selection with the meal.
They are also looking at opportunities to do pop-up events with other local businesses and continue to expand their operations. If you’re craving carbs for your dinner, Zero Zero is a great place to check out. You could even call it a pasta-tiv perfect target.
Zero Zero Handmade Pasta is located at 1702 Summit St., Kansas City, MO 64108. You are open Tuesday to Thursday from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m Friday and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. They are closed on Sunday and Monday.