Pasta Pronto to get new look, concept as Urban Pi but the Mango Tart stays


Local eatery Pasta Pronto has closed its doors but not for good—the restaurant in the Albertson’s shopping center on Via de la Valle (across from Flower Hill Promenade) is undergoing an expansion and remodel, and will reopen Dec. 4 under a new format. The new, fast-casual restaurant concept will be called Urban Pi and will serve up custom-made thin crust pizzas cooked in a hearth stone oven, custom-made salads, sandwiches and desserts, along with natural soft drinks, wine and craft beers.

“We are committed to serving only the highest quality good-for-your-body food that we possibly can,” said Darrell Szaiff MacNeil, executive chef and general manager.

The menu will also retain Pasta Pronto’s favorites like its Mango Tart with mango slices arranged in a pie made to look like a flower in bloom. The Mango Tart will return in time for the holidays, but during the construction phase it is also available by pre-order at its sister restaurant Urban Plates in the Del Mar Highlands Town Center. To place a pre-order, call (858) 509-1800.

— Karen Billing