January 29, 2013

Dining and Shopping at Giovanni Rana in New York City

Last week, I had the great pleasure of dining at a charming and delicious Italian restaurant located in Chelsea Market in New York City.  Giovanni Rana is Italy’s renowned producer of fresh pasta for more than 50 years and they recently opened Giovanni Rana Pastificio & Cucina, a fabulous pasta kitchen and market, featuring fresh pasta made on-site daily in a glass-enclosed Pasta Studio.  The 140-seat restaurant is quite cozy and is decorated eclectically with vintage cooking tools.  The ever-changing menu features antipasti, pasta dishes, salads, main courses, and desserts.  Customers can also buy pasta to cook themselves or have something prepared fresh to take away.  There is also a selection of regional Italian products from which to choose.  I was so impressed with my dinner there last Thursday that I returned Giovanni Rana on Saturday to share the experience with my granddaughter, Jude.  Antonella Rana, the owner, explained to me, "The restaurant isn't just a business for me.  It is the mirror of my family, of our passion, of our fifty years of heritage:  I created and designed it trying to transfer our love for food and conviviality, pleasure of sharing good feelings around a table as in Italy we are used to doing daily."