Smorgasburg serves spaghetti donuts and colorful fruit cups!

Finally!: Pop Pasta is serving spaghetti in the form of donuts.
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It’s a brand new pasta-bility!

Visitors to this weekend’s outdoor food market Smorgasburg can pick up — literally — a brand new portable pasta dish in the shape of a donut. The mad genius behind the fried spaghetti circles said that they combine the flavor of one of Italy’s most famous dishes with the convenience of New York’s favorite glazed treat.

“We wanted to create something you can carry around and it’s not messy — we were thinking of it as pasta on the go,” said Brooklyn Heights resident Luigi Fiorentino, who co-owns Pop Pasta. “It’s almost like slow food meets fast food.”

The spaghetti donuts — which come in several flavors, including traditional red sauce and carbonara — were inspired by the traditional Neapolitan dish spaghetti pie, said Fiorentino. That dish take leftover noodles, coats them with egg and fries them into a pie that can be cut into slices, but Fiorentino chose to mold the noodles into a donut shape because it is a popular food that everyone loves, he said.

Fiorentino hopes that his spaghetti donuts will catch on and become a new staple of the American diet.

“We see these as a new fast food concept,” he said. “We want to have kids love it. It can be at games, a school food — it can just be something else in addition to the slice of pizza, the hot dog, and these items that everybody already knows.”

Pop Pasta is one of 24 new vendors at Smorgasburg this year, selected from about 300 applicants, said Smorgasburg co-founder Eric Demby.

Among the other new vendors putting exciting twists on classic tastes is John’s Juices, whose slogan is “All juice, no cups.” The stand blends fresh juice on the spot, and serves it in a container made of that same fruit.

The business is helmed by Manhattan’s John DeWindt and his fiance August Major, who first saw the creations on a trip to Japan. They bought a special machine that drills a hole in the fruits and grind the insides into juice and brought it back to the States, fashioning drinks out pineapple, oranges, dragonfruit, and tiny watermelons. Drinkers can also spice up their juice selection by adding fresh ginger, agave, or sparkling water.

The colorful fruits are sure to be a social media favorite, said Major, but it is also a great way to sip something from the earth.

“It’s not just about the novelty factor, we also promote having a juice that’s all natural,” she said.

Try a spaghetti donut or juiced fruit at Smorgasburg; Saturdays at East River Park (90 Kent Ave. at N. Eighth Street in Williamsburg), Sundays at Prospect Park’s Breeze Hill (East Drive at Lincoln Road in Prospect Lefferts Gardens, 11 am–6 pm. Free.

Reach reporter Lauren Gill at or by calling (718) 260–2511. Follow her on Twitter @laurenk_gill
Updated 10:17 pm, July 9, 2018
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Reasonable discourse

Anthony Italooni from Bensonhurst says:
Old news, in the Italian American community these are known as Spagoughnuts. We eat them with coffee and sprinkles. Some people dunk them in their coffee, but they become Dunkin' Spagouhnuts. You can fill them with jelly, and the they're called jelly spagoughnuts.
April 1, 2017, 2:02 am
tell memore says:
It's like slow food meets fast food for a food court in a park for hangover noshing. Genius.
April 1, 2017, 7:26 pm
Holly from Park Slope says:
tell memore - no, it's more like slowfood meets medium food meets pasta meets a doughnut meets eggs.
It's genius because pasta is such a slow food. Everyone wants to eat spaghetti, but who has the patience to boil water and make it themselves?? Finally someone made fast pasta!
April 2, 2017, 6:45 am
Tootie from Staten Island says:
It's spelled "doughnut". Because they're made of dough and shaped like nuts.
April 3, 2017, 5:27 am
Joey from Clinton Hills says:
Did anyone try one this weekend? they look revolting.
April 3, 2017, 10:58 am
Sean F from Bensonhurst says:
I saw the article and photo of the spaghetti donuts earlier, and sent the link to my family in a (sort-of) "I can't imagine wanting this" manner. I've since spent about an hour or so doing little else, but craving one of these things. They are insidious.
April 3, 2017, 1:07 pm
John Wasserman from Prospect Heights says:
Pardon me, but this article neglects to tell the listeners that the doughnut holes (not shown in the video) are in fact balls of meat. I just thought I would share that information with the rest of you. Pardon the interruption.
John Wasserman/Patriot
April 3, 2017, 6:46 pm
Whisper from Sunset Park says:
Pasta contains gluten, these "things" are basically poison.
April 4, 2017, 2:21 pm

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