Chicago-based Lettuce Entertain You Enterprises, parent company of Maggiano’s Little Italy and Shaw’s Crab House, among others, has launched a new virtual restaurant in partnership with Barilla, the world’s largest pasta producer. Available exclusively on Grubhub, Barilla Italian Pasteria offers pasta-based comfort foods delivered directly to consumers, no dining room required.
In a press release announcing the new concept, Lettuce Entertain You said The Barilla Italian Pasteria menu “pays homage to Barilla’s family-run pastificio and bakery founded almost 150 years ago in Parma, Italy.”
Lettuce Entertain You chef J. Joho (Everest) in collaboration with Chef David DiGregorio (Osteria Via Stato) and Chef Cory Morris developed the menu alongside the Barilla culinary team to create a selection of classic and seasonal pasta dishes for lunch and dinner, including Rigatoni Bolognese, Butternut Squash Orzo “Risotto” Ziti con Funghi and more.
Every order placed through the new virtual restaurant through the end of March will include a charitable donation to Feeding America, an organization dedicated to ending hunger in America.
“Now more than ever, people are looking for delicious and comforting delivery options to enjoy at home. That’s why we are thrilled to partner with Barilla, some of the best pasta makers in the country, on this virtual restaurant,” says R.J. Melman, president of Lettuce Entertain You. “This collaboration marks our third with Grubhub and we are excited to work with Barilla, another family-owned company on this project.”
“Barilla, as other food companies, has played an important role to bring not just food, but also joy to consumers’ tables during these difficult times. From the amazing work that our plant workers are doing to ensure products availability in stores, to our commitment to support charities addressing food insecurity, our company is working tirelessly to support our communities. That is why we are so proud to work with LEYE and Grubhub, our neighbors in Chicago, to give to people a new way to stay safe,” said Jean-Pierre Comte, president of Barilla Americas.
Barilla Italian Pasteria is available for delivery daily from 12:00 PM to 8:00 PM Sunday-Thursday, and noon until 8:30 PM on Fridays and Saturdays. The restaurant will service downtown Chicago, Wicker Park, Bucktown, Lincoln Park and Lakeview. Visit www.barillaitalianpasteria.com for more details.
Barilla Italian Pasteria joins two other Lettuce Entertain You virtual concepts also exclusively on Grubhub; Whole30 Delivered and Padma’s Curry Leaf.