Even though I do love pasta and pizza, I typically don’t go to actual Italian restaurants very often (I generally go to the Greek-Italian hybrids). It’s probably in part because the majority of Italian places tend to be on the higher-end side, and being a broke graduate student, I’m a bit reluctant to shell out too much $$$ (I’m already eating way too much as it already is). Fortunately, Raviolino has solved that problem. They’re a small pasta shop in Kits that, as the name implies, specializes in fresh, house-made pastas. Most of their dishes are about $11, with extra costs for certain upgrades/sauces. The first time that I visited, I sampled their Chicken & Mushroom Ravioli with Pesto Sauce, which required an extra $2.25. Their pastas are all served with a side of salad, olives or garlic bread. I’ll let you guess which side I chose…
Chicken & Mushroom Ravioli ($10.99 + $2.25 for pesto sauce):
The plate came with 14 pieces of ravioli (yes, I counted, seeing that I’m a gluttonous loser). The noodles here were perfectly cooked for me, being tender but retaining still some chew. Each ravioli contained a generous amount of filling, which was very flavourful and well-seasoned. The garlic bread was also delicious: perfectly toasted and buttery, with a good amount of minced garlic that provided a great (but not overpowering) flavour. It was also useful for wiping up any leftover sauces on the plate. The only peeve that I had was that I didn’t really get enough of the pesto sauce; it didn’t seem to be worth the extra $2.25 in my opinion. The portion for the price was more than fair; I have a huge appetite so I was still a bit hungry afterwards (I probably need 20+ pieces), but it’s probably enough to fill a normal person.
On a return visit, I ordered their Meat Lasagna:
Meat Lasagna ($10.99):
This came fresh out of the oven and piping hot. The noodles again were perfectly cooked. Although I did not get too much of the ground beef, there was a generous amount of ricotta cheese in between the layers of pasta. I’m not the biggest fan of tomato sauce, but I really enjoyed theirs; it was very flavourful and seemed to have a slightly sweet fragrance (they might have used some nutmeg). This is certainly one of the better lasagnas that I’ve had.
I also got a slice of their tiramisu to-go. NOT because I couldn’t polish it off right then and there, but because I knew that my mom would love to have a taste of it (she’s been reading blogs about people making tiramisu, which apparently is currently a popular dessert in China, but she’s WAY too cheap to ever buy a slice herself).
I’ll say this up front: I’ve only had a tiramisu a couple of times in my life, and therefore am certainly no expert on what a good tiramisu is. However, I will say that I absolutely LOVED this dessert. It was incredibly luscious and creamy, and just melted in my mouth. It had a really nice, bittersweet coffee flavour. You can really tell that they use real, good quality ingredients here. I shared half of it with my mom and she absolutely loved it as well.
In conclusion, I have to say that Raviolino is certainly a real gem, and may soon become one of my favourite lunch spots. If you’re looking for a tasty, afforable meal, do yourself a favour and check this place out! They also have uncooked pasta/sauces to-go, if you would rather cook the meal yourself.