National Ravioli Day
Ooh la la, la! Get your eggs and flour ready, and turn on your record player that Italian music you love – it’s National Ravioli Day!
Although most people have an idea of what ravioli looks like, they can be any type filled pasta that has been filled and sealed. No matter if you love tortellini or simple ravioli, all kinds of ravioli are worthy to be celebrated.
National Ravioli Day, the perfect day to appreciate ravioli, the classic dish, but also other delicious pastas, sauces, or even Italy’s national land, is National Ravioli Day!
Francesco di Marco, a Venetian merchant, first mentioned this delicious stuffed pasta in the 1300s. Ravioli was introduced to Rome in the 16th century by Bartolomeo Scappi. He served it to cardinals of the Catholic Church.
At the same time, ravioli were first paired with tomato sauce. The story continues through other references and cookbooks, as the dish was originally prepared for upper class people. It became a national favourite and was eventually adopted by those with lower incomes.
Although ravioli can contain meat on certain holidays, many recipes for ravioli are made with vegetarian ingredients like cheese, mushrooms or almond (amaretto), biscuits.
Most people eat ravioli right after they have been boiled, just like other types of pasta. For a richer texture, and a more flavorful taste, ravioli can be boiled first, then baked in cream sauce in some regions of Italy.
Toasted ravioli is a new invention that seems to have been created by accident. Legend has it that some ravioli fell into the fryer at Mama’s restaurant in St. Louis in the 1940s. The deep-fried pasta pillows were not thrown away, but instead they were sprinkled in parmesan and served at the bar. They were loved by everyone, even though they are technically not toasted. “Toasted ravioli” was a little more appealing than “deep-fried ravioli”.
Although ravioli have been around for many hundred years, they are still very popular. This beloved pasta dish now has an entire day dedicated to it!
Ravioli is a delicious food that everyone should enjoy, no matter if they are new to it or have enjoyed it for years. These are some ways you can give a nod this delicious dish:
Grab some colleagues and go to lunch at an Italian restaurant nearby that serves ravioli. You might call ahead to find out if they have specials for the day. Also, make sure you reserve a table as they might be busy because of the holiday.
What could be more wonderful than National Ravioli Day being celebrated in Italy, the country that invented the pasta dish? A trip to Italy doesn’t have to coincide with this day, as any day spent eating pasta is a day to be celebrated.
You can take a train, car, boat, or plane to reach this land of hospitality. Enjoy a plate of ravioli and a glass of wine as you enjoy the beautiful people and stunning scenery. Don’t forget to buy an Italian flag souvenir for the next National Ravioli Day.
Enjoy a plate full of ravioli in Venice at a cafe with views of the canals. Or, you can grab a table at Pisa’s sidewalk cafe with a view to the Leaning Tower. You can also head to Rome, where there are rooftop restaurants that offer 360-degree views of the skyline.
Although it may seem intimidating to make ravioli from scratch, you can find many excellent ready-made options for those who are short on time or lack in confidence.
You don’t need to be a chef to enjoy National Ravioli Day. Many restaurants offer fresh pasta that can be taken home and prepared at home. Frozen ravioli can be a great alternative. If none of these options work, you can always heat up a can Chef Boyardee, the company that makes canned ravioli a staple food in America.
If you are looking for something a little more adventurous in the kitchen, the Raviolo idea might be a good one. There are so many options! (Most fillings contain egg to thicken them while they cook.
These items can be transformed into delicious pasta fillings, from the traditional to the exotic.
These are just some of the many reasons ravioli is a popular dish. You can use the ideas to inspire you, or get creative with mixing flavors and ingredients!
You will need to store your ravioli fillings! Although making pasta at home can be time-consuming, it is easy. It takes only flour, eggs and some water to make a dough. Once the dough has been kneaded, it is rolled into thin pasta pieces that form the outer layer of ravioli. Boil, fill, and then enjoy!
The longest ravioli was created in St. Petersburg, Russia in 2013. It measured 96 feet in length and 1 inch in width. It was filled with chicken and onions.