Fresh Pasta Portion Size?

Discussion in 'Professional Chefs' started by 1031creative, May 22, 2016.

  1. 1031creative

    1031creative

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    Hi all!   We're finishing development of the menu for a higher end pizzacentric restaurant that will be offering a few fresh pasta dishes as well (fresh pasta made daily in house). Any other restaurateurs/chefs serving fresh pasta, and what portion sizes are you generally going with, uncooked (again, fresh pasta, not dried)?

    Thanks for any advice!

    Chris
     
  2. cheflew

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    We generally used  4 oz fresh as the standard, simply because most fresh pasta recipes, made in bulk, break down to 1 1/4 LB, (or at least they did when we were doing them) however, you can use whichever size of portion you wish.  Keep in mind whether it's a starter (antipasti or antipasto), primo or secondo the portion sizes will smaller or larger.

    If "fresh pasta" is the highlight point of the dish, meaning the main portion, (which is what it seems to be) I would possibly go with 6, or even 8oz portions depending on if the dish is straight pasta or if it has some other item with it.

    Make all of the dishes on the menu in different sizes before you open, and ask yourself "would I pay for this" and be objective about it, if you wouldn't or you would be disappointed, add a bit more.  

    This is the best advice that I can give.