Have you ever thought about how pasta is made?
If you are like me, you probably have never really thought about how ravioli or tortelli is made – probably because you have always been too busy stuffing them in your mouth. When I heard about a pasta making class at Giovanni Rana, the new Italian restaurant and pasta factory in Chelsea Market, I was all too eager to sign up. Nothing sounded more fun than creating my own pasta!
Although Giovanni Rana may not be a name familiar to many Americans, in Italy his name has long been synonymous with fresh made pasta. The Pastificio E Cucina is located in a beautiful Chelsea Market space with high ceilings right on 9th Avenue. For the evening’s class, we were going to be making a green market tortelli as well as a tiramisu tortelli both to be made completely from scratch using fresh ingredients. I was very surprised to learn that the class was going to be lead by none other than Antonella Rana – Giovanni’s daughter in law. Staying true to being a family business, Antonella’s son and young daughter were also part of the teaching which brought a very intimate atmosphere to the class – as if we were in Giovanni’s own kitchen.
|Filling for Green Market Tortelli|
|Making the Green Market Tortellini|
|Making the Tiramisu Tortelli|
|The Finished Product - Savoury!|
|The Finished Product - Sweet!|
Giovanni Rana Pastificio E Cucina
75th 9th Avenue
New York, NY 10014