Friday, February 24, 2012

Holy Ravioli: Fresh Ravioli for the Taking

Bunker and I love ravioli, especially fresh ravioli. But, I for one am not the biggest fan of making pasta dough, it is a lot of work! Perhaps someday if I get a pasta maker/roller/Italian grandmother to make the pasta for me, then I might enjoy making my own ravioli. Until then, there is Holy Ravioli in Dallas. This tiny storefront on Lovers is packed with fresh raviolis stuffed with every imaginable filling which you can accompany with their many fresh sauces, salads, veggies and breads.

At first glance upon entry into the store, you might think you accidentally walked into an ice cream parlor. The raviolis are made fresh, and then immediately frozen, so that when you take the ravioli home and take them out of your freezer (you should keep them in the freezer until you are ready to cook them) and boil them, it is as if they were freshly made minutes before you cook them. They store the fresh ravioli in  ice cream tubs, and as they pull the ravioli out of the tubs and pour them into your bag, you feel kind of like a kid, just imagining the flavor. To be honest, it kind of is like an ice cream parlor for adults! You have all kinds of choices and all kinds of toppings, and best of all, you end up with a fun treat to bring home for the whole family to enjoy, and a night off cooking for you!

The ravioli flavors range from traditional to gourmet to eccentric. Some flavors are: Five Cheese, Traditional Sunday, Chicken Quesadilla, Lobster, Spinach and Feta, Chicken Gorgonzola with Walnuts, and Cheeseburger! Although ravioli is the main focus, Holy Ravioli also features fresh made pastas in flavors like Spinach, Garlic and Herb, and Red Bell Pepper. Their pasta sauces range from Tomato Basil, to Alfredo, to Chipotle Cream, to Bolognese and more! They also feature an extensive Take and Bake menu, a welcome feature for anyone with a life that takes on a life of its own. These meals include Lasagna, Chicken Tetrazzini, Baked Ziti, Mac and Cheese, and King Ranch.  They will even make you fresh pizza that you take home and bake yourself! Another feature that I like is a nice selection of cheese from Dallas' own Fresh Mozzarella Company, always a welcome accompaniment to any meal.    

The staff is incredibly knowledgeable, amiable and warm. We chose the Traditional Sunday ravioli and Arrabbiata sauce. The pasta was perfectly tender and the filling was full of flavor. I loved the Arrabbiata sauce, which added a nice kick and robust tomato flavor. All in all, a repeatable meal! I think next time I will try the Chicken Gorgonzola with Walnuts ravioli! Go try out this local dinner saver.

1 comment:

  1. Hi again, ive had lots of blog comments lately ;) Anyways there is a pasta attachment for the kitchen aid mixers which is quite good. Todd and I made fresh pasta Monday. The roller attachment which is part of the pasta making package flattens the dough to where you could easily cut and shape it if you decide to try it (we havent tried ravoli). Just thought I'd share!