Italian pastas paired with Italian wines is a no brainer. But if you’re looking to step up your pairings, book a seat at one of Giovanni Rana Pastificio & Cucina’s Italian wine series with master sommelier Kathy Morgan. On September 22 at 7 p.m., Morgan leads a dinner focused on Sicily and will pour bottles such as a 2007 Planeta, Santa Cecilia Nero d’Avola to complement a multi-course menu. 75 Ninth Ave., 212-370-0975
Giovanni Rana Pastificio & Cucina is a true delight for all the senses. The large industrial space inside Chelsey Market has been transformed into a shrine to pasta: hanging from the ceiling are 400 cheese graters collected from Italian flea markets, hundreds of hand-made pots and pans, and, on the exposed brick wall, Mr. Giovanni Rana’s red vintage motorbike. But, what will really catch your eye are the rows and rows of pasta of all colors, shapes, and sizes. You can take it home or eat it on the spot, since this is a full-service restaurant, and fresh pasta is made daily in its on-site Pasta Studio. They use many imported regional and rare Italian products to give their dishes distinctive, original flavors.
If your penchant for DIY also applies to your food, begin your meal at Chelsea Market’s Rana with the deconstructed bruschetta. Spread as much ‘nduja (spreadable salami) and ricotta with black truffle honey onto slabs of toasted Italian bread—but save room for a big bowl of homemade
The event, United Tastes of Pasta, showcases dishes from a host of award-winning pasta specialist chefs, both from New York and farther afield. Jody Adams will share the taste of her Boston restaurants Rialto and Trade; Mark Gaier and Clark Frasier are bringing a sample of M.C. Spiedo from Boston, and Matt Accarrino is flying in from San Francisco’s SPQR for the event, which promises to be well worth the $55 ticket, with proceeds going to support Food Bank NYC.
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Just because Thanksgiving tends to feature roasted fowl and mashed potatoes as the main dish, that doesn’t mean you have to want it. For those looking outside the turkey box, book a reservation at a restaurant that takes tradition and throws it out the window. Perhaps you are in the mood for a lavish tasting menu devoid of usual fare, would prefer an Italian take on this epic feast. Or, maybe you don’t want to see a turkey at all. No matter the mood, these eight places show that the biggest holiday feast of the year can go beyond conventional while still be memorably delicious.
Giovanni Rana Pastificio & Cucina
Who says Italians can’t do Thanksgiving? At this light and airy eatery in the Chelsea Market, they are whipping up an à la carte feast so full of carbs, rich fats, succulent meats and tantalizing sweets that you won’t question your patriotism by forgoing the conventional fare. Start with arancini, a rice ball spiced with winter squash and smoked mozzarella. Next, they will dish out a traditional antipasto made with squash, kale and beans. Then, go on to your pasta course, which turns the usual butternut squash on its head by stuffing the veggie into tender ravioli. Dessert features the pie-inspired fried raviolis filled with pecan-caramel, apple-cinnamon, banana-chocolate or pumpkin. Even though the rest of the feast pays homage to Italy, they will be dishing up an American classic too, turkey with green beans, cranberry sauce and stuffing. But we have a feeling it will get a dose of Italian flavors as well. When the meal is done and the wine consumed, walk it off along the High Line, just outside the restaurant’s doors
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When one thinks of fusion food, dishes that balance the elegance of two distinct cuisines come to mind.
Giovanni Rana Pastifico & Cucina in Chelsea Market celebrate National Pasta Month with an epic celebration dubbed the United Tastes of Pasta. Some of the top culinary stars showed off their best pasta dishes while guests hopped from table to table indulging in carbolicious eats. The evening went to benefit the Food Bank For NYC which provides food for more than 64 million free meals for New Yorkers in need.
Giovanni Rana will donate 100,000 meals to the Food Bank For NYC in addition to proceeds from the Pasta Party ticket sales, to help end hunger throughout the five boroughs of Manhattan. Selected signature chef dishes will remain on the Giovanni Rana Pastificio menu until New Year’s Eve, and every time a customer orders that dish, the restaurant will donate another $1 to the Food Bank For New York City.
While many restaurants are closed on Christmas Day, there are still plenty of good options for those who prefer to leave the cooking to someone else. Here is a guide to 15 great New York restaurants that will be open on Christmas Day. This map includes everything from a classic Christmas goose to a seven-course omakase tasting menu.
At Giovanni Rana Pastificio & Cucina diners can enjoy an Italian-inspired, five-course holiday meal on Christmas Day for $95 per person. Dishes on the menu include Maine lobster as well as seabass ravioli. The menu will also feature desserts from Sam Mason of OddFellows Ice Cream Co.