Union co-owners, Marie Petulla and Bruce Kalman have opened their second venture together downtown, Knead & Co. Pasta Bar + Market, and the good reviews have come pouring in. We’re so happy for our sister restaurant which features handmade pastas, fresh salads, a porchetta dip, and cannolis! Enjoy the nice things being said about Knead and make sure to stop in at Grand Central Market for lunch. The Knead crew makes the pasta in front of you.
Just when you think the Grand Central Market couldn’t get more delicious, chef Bruce Kalman adds his meatballs and Sunday gravy, fresh-made pastas, salads and more to the mix. Knead & Co Pasta Bar is now open along the south side of the market, closer to the Broadway entrance. The space is bigger than most with a 16-seat counter that offers views into the kitchen and pasta making, plus a small marketplace for myriad dried goods, including Knead’s pastas, Kalman’s spice rubs, Hepp’s salt, funny pasta “spirit noodle” T-shirts and more. Of course the centerpiece is the menu full of rustic Italian specialties for breakfast, lunch and dinner.
You’ll find elevated Italian-American dishes that nod to Kalman’s East Coast roots — spaghetti with meatballs and a rich meat sauce (the “gravy”), baked ziti, lasagna Bolognese, cannoli and the like — alongside duck agnolotti with butternut squash, sage and raisins; charcoal wheat orzo salad; and a Tuscan grain bowl. All of the pastas are made in-house most using freshly milled flours from Pasadena’s Grist & Toll; you’ll also see some of these on Kalman’s menu at Union in Pasadena, the restaurant he and Marie Petulla opened in 2014. The morning menu is especially compelling with its breakfast raviolo with kale, ricotta and pepperonata; polenta porridge with seasonal fruit and Santa Monica honey; and ham-and-egg crostone with crispy fontina and tomato jam (watch out, Eggslut). Knead opens Sunday through Wednesday, 8 AM to 6 PM, and Thursday through Saturday, 8 AM to 9 PM.
Knead & Co. Pasta Bar + Market: Bruce Kalman’s pasta project has joined the destination worthy lineup at The Grand Central Market. Kalman’s kiosk has seating for 16 and an open kitchen where his team is rolling and extruding pastas, turning them into dishes like spelt cavatelli with spicy fennel sausage, chickpeas and rapini. In the mornings there’s a breakfast raviolo with eggs, kale, ricotta, and tomatoes as well as polenta porridge with berries, pistachios and honey. Find Knead & Co. Pasta Bar + Market here, or in our DINE app.
1. Knead and Co. Pasta Bar Finally, you don’t have to go all the way to Pasadena to get Bruce Kalman’s pasta in your mouth. The Union chef opened up his long-awaited Grand Central Market stall serving Italian staples like cavatelli with fennel sausage, bucatini all’amatriciana, and, of course, meatballs with Sunday gravy. The best part is—other than being able to chase your cannoli with a scoop of nearby McConnell’s ice cream—the bowls of pasta start at just $8. And if there’s one thing that Kalman does as well as pasta, it’s porchetta, which Knead and Co. is serving up French dip-style.
If you love Bruce Kalman’s Pasadena restaurant Union, you probably spend a lot of time eating that exceedingly pretty plate of wound spaghetti. And you’ve also probably been waiting impatiently for Kalman to open Knead & Co., his highly anticipated pasta place in downtown’s Grand Central Market. It has finally opened, serving many pasta dishes — you can buy pasta here too — and something the chefs calls a porchetta dip sandwich. If you needed another reason to go eat a plate of spaghetti and meatballs and pick up some squid ink garganelli for dinner later.
Knead & Co. Pasta Bar + Market
The newest addition to Grand Central Market comes from Chef Bruce Kalman. You may know him from his perfect pastas and porchetta at Union in Pasadena. At Knead, Kalman focuses on handmade pasta—you can watch his team make it in the open kitchen’s “pasta lab.” Dine on specialties like Sunday gravy spaghetti and meatballs, and spelt cavatelli with spicy fennel sausage and Koda Farms chickpeas. The all-day bar offers pastries and breakfast dishes like polenta porridge with seasonal fruit, pistachios and Santa Monica honey (Prosciutto di Parma and/or a cage free egg for an additional charge). You can also pick up made-to-order paninis, fresh pasta salads and classic desserts like cannoli, tiramisu and zeppole. 317 S. Broadway, downtown. kneadpasta.com
Remember that one moment this month where you thought “El Nino’s here, time to stop going out for a while,” and then the rain actually stopped and you were more like, “Oh, I actually should try to remember where all those new restaurants I was trying to hit were because I can actually leave the house”? Well, here they are: the best new openings of January, including an ultra-lauded chef’s new pasta stall, burgers from Roy Choi, and omakase… tempura?? Get to these spots now, before El Nino rain makes you a hermit again.
Bruce Kalman and Marie Petulla — aka the ultra-lauded chef from Union in Pasadena and his partner — have opened up this new stall at Grand Central Market, with a “pasta lab” churning out fresh noodle dishes (the simple Sunday spaghetti is fantastic), as well as made-to-order panini and Italian omelettes.
Bruce Kalman’s spot has housemade pasta for days, plus some other goodies.
Knead & Co. had a line of dozens of eager diners when it opened at noon today, about an hour off of their planned opening time of 11 a.m. Either way, Bruce Kalman’s fresh pasta bar was firing on all cylinders, cranking out everything from bucatini amatriciana to duck agnolotti filled with butternut squash, golden raisins, sage, and pecorino romano. Eater was on site Snapchatting the affair (follow the account at EaterLosAngeles) to get a look at the action.
As for the menu, it’s a variety of starters, panini, and hand pies capped off with 11 different kinds of fresh pasta, ranging simple spaghetti and tomato sauce for $8 to a lasagne bolognese for $16, though that comes with housemade ricotta. To start, have an arugula or shopped salad, and dive into the porchetta panini, which comes with spicy giardiniere and roasted rapini. Nota bene on that porchetta though, it’s a little on the smaller side, so you’ll want to line up a pasta dish if you plan to head back to your cubicle with a full stomach.
By noon the line had about a half hour wait, which means that 11 a.m. start time tomorrow (and for the time being) will be the ideal time to show up without a wait.
Thank you to the Eater LA for calling our sister restaurant, Knead & Co. Pasta bar + Market, one of the most anticipated openings of 2016! We agree and are so excited to share our new venture with you. Brought to you by Marie Petulla and Bruce Kalman, the same two owners here at Union, this spot will bring you all the pasta, all the time!
The Situation: Housemade pasta maestro Bruce Kalman is taking his prodigious noodle talent to Grand Central Market, with plans to open Knead & Co. as a tour du force on the lunch and evening scene. Quick service plates of rotating pastas will showcase Kalman’s love for the stuff, while the rest of the large space will work as a market where customers can take home olive oils, sauces, cannoli, and anything else they fancy.
Per usual, my standbys are local: the people at both Robata Jinya and the Sugarfish on La Brea should know me by name at this point.
Tony Chen, Eater LA Contributor
Kinjiro — the only place to get “cheap” bottles of $950 Dassai “Beyond”, served by your local A5-12 Wagyu purveyor.
Euno Lee, Eater LA Contributor
CUT, Park’s BBQ, Angelini Osteria, chi SPACCA, Union, Animal, Sticky Rice inside GCM (if we’re counting stands), and for always having a soft spot in my heart: Honda Ya.
Eddie Lin, Deep End Dining
Even with all the well-deserved accolades, the staff at Terrine never rested on their laurels, everyone from chef Kris Morningstar to bar man Ryan Wainwright along with Stephane Bombet and Francois Renaud kept raising the bar on themselves by keeping things exciting all through 2015. The brunch menu is ridiculously good with French standards like croque-madame that blows even a Parisian version out of the water. The escargot at dinner is superb, and the fish & chips are always a good bet.
For my frequent dim sum fix, China Red in Arcadia is still the place for made-to-order diminutive dumpling delights. The steamer tins are always filled with perfect har gow and siu mai, and the price is competitive with the SGV.
It’s also easy to forget an L.A. fixture like Chaya. Although Chaya Brasserie closed at the end of 2014, the Venice and DTLA locations still manage to stay inventive with plates like live uni and dashi jelly during Chaya’s Uni Fare menu. DTLA’s Chaya also freshened things up this year with the Kaisen Bar by serving whole fish in raw and cooked forms.
Other than my local Thai delivery spot, I found myself at only a few restaurants more than once. chi Spacca, even for drop-in focaccia del recco and some salumi; The Grand Central market, which usually meant Wexler’s, Tomas y Tumbras carnitas tacos, McConnell’s ice cream and Horse Thief barbecue, although I did mix in some oysters and coffee and cookies, when possible; and if I could go more than I do, I’d probably be at Republique every week.
A busy travel schedule, and many work related meals, limits my chances of frequenting any restaurant. But whether I was entertaining out of town guests, having an evening free to eat whatever I wanted with friends and family or referring someone to a great restaurant, I counted on Coni’Seafood, Bestia, Cassia, the Hungry Cat (my neighborhood spot), the Mercado Olympic,Guerrilla Tacos and Tacos Quetzacoatl in 2015.
[Sotto, South Beverly Hills]
Hadley Tomicki, Urban Daddy LA
Coni’Seafood, Cadet, MexiCali, Boiling Crab, Elite Restaurant, Guerilla Tacos, Mariscos Jalisco, Rosemary Grill, Maru, Traktir, Kaiten Sushi Daichan, Pot, and the kebabs at West LA’s Glaat Kosher Market
Nicole Iizuka, Senior Producer, Popsugar
Night + Market always… Kobawoo, Escala, Cadet, Petty Cash, Tatsu, Stir Market, Jitlada, Chaya, Bay Cities, Gracias Madre, hanging out at Grand Central Market & anytime I’m craving uni – I thank god that Maruhide exists.
Farley Elliott, Senior Editor, Eater LA
Alimento, Sotto, Night + Market, Union, and forever and always the El Chato truck
Stan Lee, Eater LA
Ledlow: great brunch and one of the best croissants in L.A.
-Pine & Crane. I’m not sure how I survived without them. All’Acqua. I’m there once a week at least as it’s in my hood and they treat my toddler like royalty. Sweetgreen – on the days after a big meal, when I can only stomach lettuce, these salads really are leagues better than everyone else’s.
I just moved to LA in August and have traveled a bunch since, so my standby list is still shaking out. That said: Guerrilla Tacos at Cognoscenti Coffee every Wednesday is a gift, and Father’s Office in the Helms complex is the perfect combination of eating, drinking, and atmosphere in our neck of the woods. I have also been to BS Taqueria four times since moving here, and I can’t wait to go back.
We’re getting very close to opening the pasta bar in Grand Central Market and it seems some people are as excited as we are. Thank you to Eater LA for their write-up on us. We look forward to serving you! Read Eater’s entire article at this link or see Union’s write-up below.
The Most Anticipated Los Angeles New Restaurant Openings, Fall 2015
Here are the biggest openings to look forward to in Los Angeles this fall.
Los Angeles is on an absolute tear right now when it comes to opening restaurants. And the fall is typically the time when most restaurants end up opening their doors after long summer build outs and staff training. Here now, the most anticipated debuts for the fall, along with dozens of other places on Eater’s radar.
The Situation: Kalman is creating a pasta bar that’ll supply Downtowners with a fresh perspective on house-made noodles. The bar will also have a market component with sundry items like pickles, dry rubs, and other artisanal products. The pastas, which use Grist & Tolls grains, will be made in full view, for people who like to watch their noodles getting extruded. Think pappardelle with rabbit sugo and local wheat spaghetti with parmesan and butter.