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)
Lambrusco — a sparkling red wine served chilled
Buffalo Mozzarella and Heirloom Tomato Caprese
Charcuterie Board with Artisanal Cured Sliced Meats and Italian Cheeses
Spinach & Mascarpone Ravioli in a Crispy Parmigiano Reggiano “Basket”
Chocolate Ravioli Fritti with Raspberry Jam