Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Giovanni Rana Pasta Making Class

A few months back, I was invited to a pasta making class in Chelsea Market.

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At each station was an apron and ingredients. They asked us our names and I just noticed this isn’t a photo of my station, but you get the point – they put our name and a number on a sticker, to label our items with later.

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Since it was a hands on class, I didn’t take pictures during the process. I’m not sure if this is my ball of dough; I do know I was extraordinarily proud that my dough even came together, as I historically have trouble making my dough form. But woohoo – mine did come together, and I wound up making savory ravioli and sweet ravioli.

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After class ended and we were given our pastas, we were served the same style, but made by the restaurant – fresh and light veggie ravioli.

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And the sweet – fried ravioli filled with nutella cheese mixture, served with a strawberry dipping sauce.

Overall, the class was fun, informative, and I learned that making dough really isn’t so hard to do (though I probably won’t be doing it at my place any time soon). The only bad thing was that on a hot night like that, they didn’t chill our pastas enough, so taking them home to Queens meant that the pasta all stuck together and wound up being inedible. I had to throw it all away, even though I put them in the freezer as soon as I got home. Sadface.

I do recommend checking out the space though – it’s pretty big, and boasts lots of fresh pastas you can purchase by the pound to cook at home.

*I was not compensated for this post, though I attended as a guest of their PR firm.

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2 Responses to “Giovanni Rana Pasta Making Class”
  1. hungry says:

    Thanks for inviting me! I really enjoyed the class. It also proved that I’m ready to start making my own pasta.

    From what I remember the savory one was a bunch of vegetables we added ourselves including asparagus, peas, carrots, and red bell peppers with ricotta cheese.

    The sweet one was a coffee based ravioli. I didn’t really like this one.

    Mushy pasta = sad face.

    • Glad you could come! It was fun, right? Honestly I just got a super simple recipe for pasta that I might try as soon as I have time, so… stay tuned. Thanks for the clarification on what type of savory ravioli we had!

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