Giovanni Rana

Had so much fun celebrating a good friend’s birthday at her favorite Italian restaurant, Giovanni Rana.  I can see why she loves it so much — the food is incredible, from the caprese to the charcuterie and the pastas. We both ordered the same entree: Spinach & Mascarpone Ravioli in a Crispy Parmigiano Reggiano “Basket”. It was heavenly! And for dessert we naturally had to order more pasta… in the form of fried chocolate raviolis. Yum! I washed it all down with a crisp, chilled glass of Lambrusco — it’s my favorite summer wine. Great times catching up with old friends. Happy birthday, J! :-)

Giovanni Rana (in Chelsea Market): 75 Ninth Avenue (between West 15th and 16th Street)

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Lambrusco — a sparkling red wine served chilled

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Buffalo Mozzarella and Heirloom Tomato Caprese

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Charcuterie Board with Artisanal Cured Sliced Meats and Italian Cheeses

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Spinach & Mascarpone Ravioli in a Crispy Parmigiano Reggiano “Basket”

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Chocolate Ravioli Fritti with Raspberry Jam 

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Tiramisu

Giovanni Rana