For obvious reasons, the grand opening of Giovanni Rana Pastificio & Cucina in the Chelsea Market has been pushed back, but that doesn’t make their first brick and mortar shop in the U.S. any less exciting. Owned by Giovanni Rana, a well-respected Italian fresh pasta maker, the new shop will not only sell their goods already packaged to go, by you can also sit down to a full meal in their old-world-style restaurant.
"Our family has long held a commitment to freshness, quality, and innovation when it comes to our pasta, and we wanted to share that passion with New Yorkers,” said Antonella Rana, the daughter-in-law of the company’s original founder. “Chelsea Market is the ideal location for us because it is home to a community of creative artisans offering hand-crafted culinary goods and products who share the same attention to detail and focus on high quality ingredients as Giovanni Rana."
Their menu thus far has dishes including Prosciutto and Sage Cappelletti, Radicchio and Gorgonzola Triangoli with Aged Balsamic Vinegar, Braised Pork Belly with Apples and Roasted Potatoes, and Spinach Lasagna. Aside from the restaurant portion, the family run business also plans on selling rare Italian pantry staples out their shop, A Casa Mia. There, you can get goods like Krumiri biscuits from Turin, Antica Dolceria Bonajuto chocolate from Sicily, and a unique olive oil from the Garda Lake.
Hopefully Sandy won’t have held them back too far. As of now, they don’t have an exact opening date, but fingers crossed it’s soon. We could all use a little comforting pasta right now.