January 29, 2023


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‘The Pasta Boys’ carry home-cooked meals to the neighborhood

(Photograph Courtesy of Kenedi Kelso)

As a pupil, it might be troublesome to entry a home-cooked meal. Santino Trombino, Kenedi Kelso, Quinn Tilley and Tyler Bolz sought to vary that Sunday, Sept. 18. Their imaginative and prescient, a drive-thru pasta bar full with selfmade marinara and pasta, was a hit — each with college students and on TikTok.

With over 4 million views and 625,000 likes to date, the group’s angel-haired antics grew to become an in a single day hit on social media. Kenedi Kelso, junior in mass communications and entrepreneurship, mentioned she wasn’t startled when her TikTok blew up.

“I had joked with the boys that I used to be going to make them viral. I simply wasn’t anticipating to get as massive because it did,” Kelso mentioned. “However I wasn’t stunned both — a video that I had made from them constructing a double-decker sofa earlier this yr bought 4.3 million views. It confirmed there was an enormous curiosity in three faculty guys doing loopy stuff.”

Whereas the result was profitable, the thought had humble beginnings. The group has hosted pasta nights with buddies for over a yr now, and Santino Trombino, sophomore in building science and administration, mentioned the drive-thru concept was constructed on the identical idea. 

“Give it some thought as one massive dinner with your folks,” Trombino mentioned. “You present the meals, and everybody simply pays you again.”

The concept for drive-thru pasta has been very summary for nearly a yr. Tyler Bolz, junior in built-in laptop science, mentioned a random bystander was the ultimate push. 

“The Thursday earlier than we did the drive-thru, some child walked by and mentioned, ‘Yo, you guys are the pasta boys!’ and we had been like, ‘You realize who we’re?’” Bolz mentioned. “We determined then we wanted to please our followers and make the group proud.”

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The group described their success as organized chaos, however with Trombino within the kitchen, Bolz because the entrance of home, Kelso as advertising and marketing and Tilley as an all-around helper, the idea is already turning into a well-oiled machine. Quinn Tilley, junior in economics, mentioned every member of the group has a particular position.

“I’m not superb on the cooking, however I can clear and assist out wherever wanted,” Tilley mentioned. “Tyler is fairly good at speaking to individuals and assembly everybody, and Tino takes care of all the cooking.” 

After seeing the optimistic suggestions from the Kansas State group, the group is planning on placing a cap on the variety of individuals that may come. 

“We’ll in all probability purchase double the quantity that we did final time,” Trombino mentioned. “We’re hoping to do some totally different stuff too. Our subsequent evening, we’re doing cannolis and a vodka sauce as an alternative of the basic marinara, and we’re actually enthusiastic about it.” 

Because the crew gears up for his or her subsequent drive-thru occasion on Oct. 9, they mentioned they share one widespread objective: to carry individuals collectively within the Manhattan group. Faculty is about creating experiences, making recollections, and having enjoyable. Trombino, Kelso, Tilley and Bolz’s drive-thru allowed for simply that, by way of one thing so simple as a home-cooked meal.