At the heart of true romance is mystery, which is why stuffed ravioli are the ideal medium for wooing meatballs. Keep dinnertime dreamy with today’s Groupon: for $15, you get an Italian sampler pack at Raffetto’s (a $31.80 value). The pack includes:
- A box of handcrafted ravioli (up to a $9.95 value)
- A pound of house-made noodles or pasta (up to a $6.95 value)
- A pound of tortelloni or tortellini (up to a $5 value)
- Two house-made sauces (up to a $9.90 value)
Raffetto’s skilled chefs craft house-made pastas and sauces in an open preparation area that allows customers to admire the culinary craftwork. Patrons commission their own ravioli creations, watching with rapt attention as pasta professionals feed meat-and-cheese combinations into the whirring ravioli machine. Opt to officiate the savory marriage of tender lobster meat to blushing tomato dough, bundle goat cheese inside a cozy whole-wheat coat, or mix arugula with ricotta cheese for veggie-friendly munching. Staff cut fresh pasta varieties including spinach, rosemary, and lemon red pepper to each customer’s specifications, from thin 1/8-inch linguine strips to 3”x12” lasagna sheets and 6-inch silhouette portraits of William Jennings Bryan. Brimming with meat, cheese, pumpkin, or mushroom filling, tender tortellini, or their slightly larger tortelloni cousins, cannonball into more than 10 varieties of house-made sauce. While not included in today’s Groupon, customers can also pick up deli meats, cheeses, and dry goods to round out upcoming dinners and prevent pasta pieces from banding together and taking over unsuspecting kitchens.
New York City looked different in 1906. The Empire State Building wouldn't begin construction for more than two decades, horses and buggies roamed the streets, and Central Park was still entirely black and white. But in that year, Marcello Raffetto opened a pasta shop that remains a staple of the Greenwich Village community to this day.
Raffetto's started small. Its pasta makers crafted ravioli and dry egg noodles until 1916, when the purchase of a roller machine and a cutting machine allowed them to create more and more varieties. The two machines continue to operate more than a century later. At the controls, customers find the fourth generation of the Raffetto family running the store. The crew seems to work magic with dough and fillings. They stuff lobster into ravioli made from tomato dough, turn spinach dough into thin linguine, and cut long sheets of lasagna. In total, more than 50 kinds of pasta emerge from the open preparation area, not to mention the family's signature potato gnocchi.
Yet for all of these choices, a trip to Raffetto's isn't overwhelming. The friendly staff happily helps patrons pick out the perfect pasta before recommending one of their 10 homemade suaces. Or maybe they'll suggest no sauce at all, telling customers that some pasta goes best with just a bit of butter.
144 West Houston Street
Manhattan, New York 10012