I tend to avoid Chelsea Market/Meatpacking restaurants because, for the most part, they are a bit touristy. Although now and again, I do visit them, and Chelsea Market itself for some of the stores there. When an acquaintance from Milan told me that Giovanni Rana ravioli was good ravioli, I had to try it. Ravioli in the United States has been pretty disappointing. What is available commercially in the grocery stores isn’t very flavorful, and the ravioli are small. I tried a few of Giovanni Rana’s store-bought ravioli, and I really liked the cheese “delicato” ravioli. So I was excited to try his NYC restaurant, Giovanni Rana Pastificio & Cucina. The restaurant has a large, rustic dining area with wooden tables and pots hanging from the ceiling. The space was not so intimate, but on the plus side, with a lot of seating, there was no wait on a busy weekday for lunch. Our waiters were friendly. The focaccia and olive oil were good.
We came purely for the ravioli, so we didn’t order antipasto or anything else. I ordered the Quattro Formaggi Ravioli, Walnut Pesto. This dish was delicious. I really like the walnut pesto.
My friend got the Truffle Mushroom Ravioli, Black Truffle Butter. This dish was also very good.
I would recommend dining at the restaurant because the preparation of the sauces for the ravioli is very good. So even if you make the ravioli at home, unless you are a chef, it is nice to have an expert hand making the sauce.