Giovanni Rana and company sure have been busy lately. With a recent NYC-wide launch of his retail pasta and sauce line coupled with plenty of personal appearances to celebrate world pasta day in October AND a one year anniversary of the opening of his first restaurant, Giovanni Rana Pastificio & Cucina in New York City, the 76 year old Rana has his work cut out for him.
The newly launched in NYC pasta line is now available in Fairway and Gristedes locations as well as Key Food and Food Emporium. Although the packaged stuff will never be a substitute for the real thing at Rana Pastificio & Cucina (and a pasta factory it certainly is!), the ease of picking up a package of Rana’s pastas and boiling to perfection in about 3 minutes is certainly appealing after a long day at the office on any given week day.
Giovanni Rana’s packaged pastas are thinner, and more delicate than other fresh packaged pastas due to a machine designed by Mr. Rana himself meant to mimic the way fresh pasta dough passes through a chef’s hands. The US factory where all the pasta is made, imports many of its ingredients from Italy who tout the D.O.P. certificate of authenticity.
Try Rana’s pesto – a stand out among other grocery store pestos and a new staple in my fridge – or dress your pasta simply with olive oil and quality freshly grated parmesan. It’s clear that ravioli is where Mr. Rana’s heart is with plenty of flavor options. Stand outs in Rana’s pasta collection include the Artichoke Ravioli, for a subtle, fresh flavor and the Mushroom Ravioli where the earthy mushroom filling speaks for itself. The “Delicato” cheese blend ravioli is also sure to be a crowd pleaser and is the perfect way to curb that comfort food craving you’re having!
Giovanni Rana’s pasta and sauce selections can be purchased at the above New York City retailers as well as D’agostino. Prices range from $4.99 to $8.99.