Giovanni Rana, Italy’s renowned producer of fresh pasta, has been bringing high quality, artisanal fresh pasta to the table for over 50 years. The family owned and operated company began in 1962 on the outskirts of Verona, Italy, when a young Giovanni Rana began making fresh, hand-made pasta in his own kitchen, creating recipes and offering freshly prepared filled pastas for local residents.
Before long, the Giovanni Rana name and product became a trusted source of flavorful, classic Italian dishes that could be prepared with ease in the comfort of the home kitchen. With the addition of New York City’s own Giovanni Rana Pasta Kitchen, Giovanni Rana continues to embody the nature of simple, classic Italian cuisine with their fresh pastas and fillings.
Giovanni Rana Pastificio & Cucina brings the passion and commitment to high quality, artisanal pasta to the U.S. in the form of a full-service restaurant, where fresh pasta is made on site daily in it’s Pasta Studio, and hand-selected rare and regional Italian products and prepared foods are available to take home.
Step inside Giovanni Rana Pastificio & Cucina and guests are greeted warmly by a treasure trove of beloved artifacts specially transported to the U.S. to adorn the modern, industrial aesthetic of the Chelsea Market restaurant and shop. Hanging from the exposed brick wall by the bar is Mr. Giovanni Rana’s Guzzino, a vintage red motorbike bought secondhand that he rode to hand-deliver his fresh pasta throughout Italy over five decades ago.
Throughout the restaurant, materials and objects refer to the iconic tools and dedication to pasta making, from the first pasta cutter used by Rana to make tortellini by hand to the first machine he created to make ravioli. The bar is decorated by 400 graters discovered in flea markets across Italy, hanging handmade copper pots and pans, and the ultimate display of passion for pasta, a Pastificio where a wide array of shapes and colors of freshly made pasta are on display.