Italian Food for Thought: A Short History of Ravioli

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Our Italian Restaurant Dishes on the History of RaviolI

Ravioli is an authentic Italian cuisine,  popular for its unique shape and rich taste. In fact, the delicious recipes of classic Italian ravioli have become quite popular across the world, especially in the U.S. In honor of National Ravioli Day on March 20, we’re sharing some sweet (and savory) facts about Ravioli Pasta.

The Classic Ravioli Recipe

Ravioli is an Italian dumpling that’s typically stuffed with ricotta, meat, cheese, and vegetables. The filling is then sealed between two thin layers of egg pasta dough and typically served with a delicious tomato or cream-based pasta sauce.

Although this delectable Italian food is widely considered to be the main course, it can be also served as an appetizer or a side dish. Nowadays, the recipes for preparing deep fried ravioli and baked ravioli have garnered a lot of attention.

Brief History of Ravioli

The origin of this famous Italian staple food dates back to the 14th century. The recipe for traditional Italian ravioli mainly features mixed green herbs, fresh cheese, and beaten eggs all simmered in a broth. Classic Italian ravioli is square-shaped where each side is about 4 cm. In ancient Italy, these tiny dumplings were served every Friday and also during the solemn religious observance of Lent.

10 Fun Facts About Ravioli

1. Serving ravioli with tomato based sauces didn’t start until the 16th century when tomatoes were introduced to Italy from the New World.

2. Fresh ravioli can be prepared at home where you can stuff these dumplings with your favorite fillings.

3. To avoid the hassles of ravioli preparation, you can also purchase pre-made ravioli (either frozen or fresh) from the grocery stores.

4. Chef Boyardee pioneered and popularized the concept of canned ravioli in the 1930s.

5. The word “Ravioli” is derived from an old Italian word i.e. riavvolgere, which means  “to wrap.”

6. “Fresh” packed ravioli lasts up to several weeks while freshly-made ravioli only lasts a few days.

7. Italian tradition is to serve vegetarian ravioli, particularly on Fridays. Meat is served as a side or later in the meal.

8. Jewish cuisine has a similar dish called “Kreplach,” a pocket of meat or other filling covered by egg pasta.

9. In Indian cuisine, a popular dish called “Gujiya” imitates the ravioli concept, except they are sweet rather than savory. These pasta dumplings are filled with sugar, sweet spices, and dry fruits, then deep fried in vegetable oil.

10. National Ravioli Day is celebrated every year on March 20th, and quite popular among pasta lovers.

Visit our Italian Restaurant Today for the Best Italian Food in Mountain View

We invite you to join us at Cucina Venti, an Italian Restaurant in Mountain View for the best Ravioli and Italian Cuisine in Silicon Valley. Our restaurant features a warm atmosphere, outdoor dining, and a bar lounge. Cucina Venti serves plenty of Italian cuisines including “Porcini Mushroom Ravioli” which is bound to arouse your taste-buds with its lip-smacking taste. So, what are you waiting for? Come and visit Cucina Venti today to have the best-ever food experience! For more information, call us at (650)-397-7786 or visit us online here.