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Ravanellis - Best subs & great pizza

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mls Jul 7, 2007 01:54 PM

Has anybody out there ever had the pleasure of trying the pizza & subs at Ravenellis pizza in Northridge? Its been in business for over 40 years, and has been run by Gino and his sister as a takeout pizza restaurant - - now their neice/nephew are taking it over and doing it right. I've been going there for over 25 years, and even though I've moved out to the Agoura area, I still have to get my fix at least once a month! No loss in quality at a very good price.

For those of you that have tried Dans Super Subs and think they're the best - - you've got to try Ravenellis and tell me what you think. They offer a full foot-long Submarine Sandwich on the best sesame seed roll I've ever had, for only $5.95! Its huge! I recently tried Dans Super Sub and they don't even come close to Ravanelli subs - - the flavors of the roll and tremendous amount of coldcuts and seasoning make it the best tasting value I've ever seen.. Actually, all of their sandwiches we've tried have been great! (Try the Spicy Sub, my favorite)

As for their pizza - - the best crust and sauce and flavors. Also very reasonably priced. You can get their "Dinner for Two" which includes: Full medium cheese pizza, garlic bread, large spaghetti and meat sauce and salad for $14!! And it feeds six!

Their link is www.ravanellis.com. And don't forget to tell Karen (super nice and efficient on those orders) "Hi from Agoura". Please give me your opinions! Thanks!

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    GK in SO Jul 7, 2007 04:53 PM

    I was living temporarily in the area in 1992-4, and used to order their pizza regularly.

    The sauce was what I remember most....the most intense tomato flavor...plus, they use great quality cheese and other stuff. The topper though, was the crust...yeasty, chewy, done perfectly with a slight char.

    I miss those times....

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      mls Jul 7, 2007 07:08 PM

      In 1978 - 1983, I was living in the area as a typical 'flat broke' college student. We used to order the dinner for two and it was always the greatest deal in town. Its just recently, and quite by accident, that I ordered one of their sub sandwiches. And now I'm not sure whether their sandwiches are right up there with the best in the area. Anybody compared Ravanelli subs with their favorites?

      For my own curiosity, I took previous Chow board recommendations and tried Dans Super Subs - - and was surprised to see Dans didn't come close to the quality in the roll (Dans was a bland, small sized regular roll), the meat, the oil/seasoning, and overall sub full taste. For value, the $5.95 sub is two meals. Its just another reason for me to drop by Ravanellis after all these years - - and they are always working hard and very friendly to all their customers.

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        dkburr Jul 7, 2007 08:52 PM

        Ravanelli's is the GREATEST!!!! They make the best subs I've ever tasted...and I have had subs everywhere...even in New York. Ravanelli's had the right formula. They use the best ingredients, tons of meats, and the bread is perfect. AND...the price is reasonable. How often can you say that anymore?

        I have to drive a half hour through a usually congested traffic area to get there...and it is still worth the trip.

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      brandygirl Jul 7, 2007 08:54 PM

      I've lived in the valley my entire life and I've never been there. I'll have to try it--thanks for the recommendation.

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        jencounter Jul 8, 2007 09:19 AM

        Another Ravanelli's fan here. Good and affordable, too.

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          jtopp Jul 9, 2007 09:02 AM

          My family and I have been going for about as long as you have, and I am suprised that you do not think they have not changed. We ususally always get delivery and 4 out of 5 times they forget something we ordered. The toppings aren't as filling on the pizza as they used to be as well. I do have to admit, we keep going because of the flavor of the pizza crust...

          1. WildSwede Jul 10, 2007 02:47 PM

            Lived in the valley from '76 to '92 and it was and still is one of the best pizzas out there. If you have not been, definitely go!!

            1. Bon Vivant Jul 10, 2007 06:36 PM

              Mumsy works at CSUN as a professor and she has the summer off. But yesterday she had to go in for a deparment meeting. I begged her to go to Ravanelli's based on what I read on this thread. I loved the Spicy Sub! The meatball I could have done without. I really liked the pizzas (mushroom and the deluxe) but the sauce was a tad too sweet for my taste - but that's not going to stop me from asking Mumsy to get me more pizza!

              http://myculinaryadventures.blogspot.com

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                WildSwede Jul 11, 2007 09:35 AM

                One more note - always get the pizza (any pizza for that matter) cooked well done. You would be amazed at how much it enhances the flavors!

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                  jencounter Jul 11, 2007 09:50 AM

                  OH YES, you're right about that. I always order extra well done because plain old well done isn't quite good enough.

                  Sometimes they're a bit too generous with the cheese, too...I often ask for light cheese. Love the crust and sauce, though.

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                    Bon Vivant Jul 14, 2007 10:15 PM

                    Thanks both for the tip re getting the pizza well done! For some odd reason (well actually because I had ordered a burger with extra cheese) mumsy order the mushroom pizza with extra cheese and it had gobs 'o' cheese on it - it easily could have had a third less on it.

                    http://myculinaryadventures.blogspot.com

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                      jencounter Oct 28, 2007 02:35 PM

                      The last pizza I ordered from them (last week) was quite possibly the best I've had from them EVER. We always get sausage and mushroom but unlike a commenter above, I find them to be way too heavy-handed with the toppings which results in soggy pizza - I cannot stand soggy pizza.

                      So. I ordered sausage and mushroom, but asked for both light sausage and light cheese, xtra well done and it was PERFECT. I swooned with every bite.

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                        Skorgirl Oct 28, 2007 03:54 PM

                        I'm really excited to try this place out! My parents live in the Valley and whenever I go to visit them, I'm always racking my brain for a non-chain, tasty, and affordable place to take them. The default is always Thai food, since we are Thai, but I get tired of the same old places .... I'm adding this to my list. Is Ravanelli's good for a dine-in experience? It doesn't have to be a fancy atmosphere, just as long as it doesn't have the "take-out only" vibe. Thanks!

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                handsomejeff7 Oct 23, 2007 07:02 PM

                ravanellis is AMAZING i live about 5 mins away i have it at least 2 times a week the pasta the pizza the subs every single item there is amazing italian food. my favorite italian place to eat no doubt about it

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