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Jul 6, 2009 02:18 AM

Local fresh ravioli

Do any of you have any brands of local fresh ravioli that you can recommend.
Either supermarket brands or from a pasta shop.

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  1. We love the fresh daily meat ravioli from Lucca Deli at 1100 Valencia near the Mission District. They also have frozen varieties. Try their meat sauce or the fresh pesto.

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    1. re: Bruce in SLO

      2nd the rec for Lucca Deli on Valencia. They make a good pumpkin ravioli in the fall. The selection of Italian wine there is quite good. Best of all, they have a free parking lot next door!

      1. re: Bruce in SLO

        adding a link:

        Lucca Ravioli
        1100 Valencia St, San Francisco, CA 94110

        1. re: Bruce in SLO

          I like the Jumbo meat ravs from Lucca deli on Chestnut Street. Better filling to wrapper ratio than many. Not sure what connection, if any, they have with Lucca's on Valencia.

          It's a combination of beef and spinach in the filling.

          1. re: Bob Copeland

            Like them both. There is no connection between them (Lucca is a town in Italy).

        2. The Pasta Shop in Oakland at Rockridge Market Hall has very fine fresh ravioli of several different stuffings. They also sometime use different flavored pasta dough. The Pasta Shop is right across the street from the Rockridge BART station.

          Pasta Shop
          5655 College Ave, Oakland, CA 94618

          1. Phoenix is good.

            Phoenix Pastificio
            1250 Addison St, Berkeley, CA 94702

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            1. re: Robert Lauriston

              Phoenix is amazing, but expensive, especially their filled pastas. I usually buy Il Pastaio, which is sold at farmers markets, although some of their filled pastas aren't as good as others.


              1. re: Ruth Lafler

                I really like Phoenix's cut pastas, but I have never been impressed with their ravioli which is, as Ruth says, incredibly expensive. Pasta Shop ravioli is much better than Phoenix, in my experience, and not nearly as expensive, though not cheap.

            2. There is a pretty wide variety of choices. Depends on what you like.

              I like Lucca's raviolis and have stocked them in my freezer for decades. Nothing terribly creative or unusual here, just classic recipe, hand-made ravioli. Fresh or frozen. Can't go wrong with that.

              But recently I've been buying "The Pasta Shop" brand ravioli at Rainbow because the fillings are more varied and interesting. They are larger. I also think they are -- how to put this? -- built like tanks. With Lucca's, if I overcook them they explode - and some will pop if they get damaged on the way to the water, sticking to the box, or just ripping. They are more delicate where the Pasta Shop species are more sturdy -- and that's not an entirely good thing at all. But I put up with the thick skin because of the fillings. I've had the same sort of trade off with other farmer's market ravioli too.

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              1. re: BernalKC

                There's an inescapable trade-off with ravioli: if the individual skins are sturdy enough to contain the filling when boiled, then the edges where they are double thickness are too chewy, and of course the opposite applies: when the skins are thinner at the doubled edges, they're fragile in the middle.

                1. re: BernalKC

                  A second to both of these (or is Lucca getting a 6th?). Lucca's and The Pasta Shop - which I think you can get at the Saturday Ferry Building FM in addition to Rainbow.

                  I also like the stuffed pastas made by Molinari and I pick them up at Mastrelli's Deli in the Ferry Building.

                  There is also fresh pasta at the Crocker Galleria FM on Thursdays but I can't remember what the purveyor's name is...oops.

                  1. re: BernalKC

                    Frozen is better than fresh in this regard. Lucca's cheese ravioli tastes as good frozen to me as fresh does.

                    Also use a bigger pot so they have more room to swim.

                  2. I'm sure this isn't what you're looking for, but I tried La Villa Deli in San Jose's Willow Glen neighborhood last week for the first time, and it was the first time I felt like ravioli literally melted in my mouth. I'm not usually the biggest fan of meat ravioli but this was the best I've ever had - tiny pillows filled with beef, spinach, and an undetectable trace of Romano cheese (I only know because I asked later).

                    It's solely a takeout operation with a few tables outside. Most people who go in leave with a container of the ravioli (a half pint of their hot ravioli is plenty for lunch for $6 and it includes their tomato sauce).

                    Bertucelli's La Villa Deli
                    1319 Lincoln Ave, San Jose, CA 95125