If there’s one thing in the whole world that has us drooling, it’s carbs. Bread, rice, potatoes- they’re all great but possibly the reigning king of carbs in our eyes has to be pasta. A highly versatile dish that can be suited to pretty much all palates, pasta has been there for many of us in the darkest of times. From being a skint uni student with only 30p in the pocket to feeling sad and low and in desperate need of a heartwarming dish – pasta’s had our backs through it all.
But while we’re more accustomed to chucking a bag of the dried stuff into a pan of boiling water and job’s a good’un, the pros do it a little differently. The pros, of course, being Melting Wheel – an Italian restaurant pop-up taking Taste Collective Solihull by storm.
Serving ooey, gooey, cheesy pasta in a wheel of cheese, this concept is the first of its kind in Birmingham and it takes the humble pasta to new heights. Alessandro Amore, owner of the Melting Wheel pop-up and pizza business That’s Amore Pizza Napoletana, grew up in Italy where this incredible cheesy pasta dish wasn’t so new and when serving it at his wedding and impressing both his wife and English guests, the idea of Melting Wheel was born.
Melting Wheel makes the pasta fresh every day and it’s then added to their Alfredo sauce and mixed around in a huge wheel of Grana Padano cheese. Customers can choose from a selection of toppings and seasonings to customise their preferred bowl of pasta.
For lovers of carbonara, you can top your cheesy pasta with crispy, salty bits of pancetta or for those wanting a pop of colour, feast on pasta topped with green pesto, fresh mozzarella, sun dried tomato, chives and chilli flakes. Plus, Melting Wheel also cooks up a proper Italian Bolognese that feels like a warm hug as you tuck into alongside the fresh pasta laced with cheese.
Melting Wheel currently has a pop-up at Taste Collective Solihull, where you’ll also find That’s Amore Pizza Napoletana (which is available on Deliveroo in the Moseley area), but has pop-up plans at Digbeth Dining Club and lots of other events.
Melting Wheel, Taste Collective Solihull, Mell Square, Solihull, B91 3AY