Pasta lovers…write down this address!
75 9th Avenue New York, NY 10011 Phone (212) 370-0975
Mr. Giovanni Rana, the Italian most celebrated fresh pasta producer, just opened his first restaurant in New York. The spacious venue, located in the Chelsea Market, offers an inviting menu with traditional and innovative pasta dishes.
Try the calamarata, a calamari look alike pasta served with seafood and marinara sauce, the tonnarelli al ragu, ( square spaghetti with meat sauce) the famous tortellini al prosciutto, served with prosciutto crostino on the side and, of course, a huge choice of ravioli that allowed Giovanni to claim the title of “Pasta Emperor”.
The stuffings abound: pumpkin, lobster, spinach and ricotta, gorgonzola and radicchio. Don’t miss one of my favorites with fried artichokes. You can also enjoy a great variety of appetizers, (I loved the three spreads platter with kale, eggplants and sun dried tomatoes ingeniously mixed to different cheeses) as well as side orders (the polenta taragna seeks to be dipped in the mascarpone cream…sinful! . Sweet tooth anyone? Check out the tantalizing taste of the panna cotta with passion fruit, indulge in a decadent chocolate ravioli with raspberries puree or have a nibble of my favorite torta di mele, an apple cake, made just like my Italian grandma used to prepare.
Eat, love and ..take it home: next to the restaurant a real pasta fresca store is selling all the differerent fresh pasta products featured on the menu and giving away complimentary recipe cards…
Here is me with the Emperor Himself!
Welcome to New York, Giovanni!