This page is devoted to those many readers who have written me about their ravioli making adventures and desires.
“I can't begin to tell you how much I loved your book. I am the keeper of the family recipes, handed down from a grandmother, born near Naples, that I grew up with. I remember her making pasta, & have her rolling pin. You've inspired me to make it the old fashioned way.”
— Philomena Valente
“Although it has been years since I have made ravioli, you have given me an inspiration to make some as soon as my checkerboard ravioli pin arrives from fantes.”
— Philip Plaisance
“I have now become the keeper of the ravioli recipe for my family. My aunts and uncles (grandchildren of Nonna Lena) never bothered to learn to make it. My grandfather had it memorized and almost cried when he was telling me what to buy. He was glowing with pride, but couldn't believe I was going to try to make them.”
— Mara La Fratta Matthews
“This Christmas my daughter and I made ravioli per your recipes using my grandmother's ravioli pin, which took me back 40 years to the last home made ones I ate made by my Great Aunt. I fear my family's ravioli recipe was "lost" but you have helped me find something very close.”
— Robert Murray
So many people write and ask me about equipment. Truth is you can make ravioli with as little as a rolling pin and a knife…. Or you can use lots of machines. Here are some sources:
Ravioli cutters: www.fantes.com
Checkered ravioli pins: www.fantes.com
Long dowel rolling pin like Adalgiza's (36-inch long maple, 1 ¾ diameter) - Atlas Dowel & Wood Products Company
Pasta machines: I like the Atlas pasta machine with a motor to roll out pasta sheets. But the hand-crank type is perfectly fine, too. If you have a Kitchen Aid, you can buy pasta attachment for rolling out six-inch sheets. I do not use the other attachments such as ravioli and pasta cutter attachments, as I prefer to do this part by hand.
Grinder: For meat ravioli from braised meats, you will need a grinder. This Waring model is good, but a bit overkill for most people. Hand-cranked grinders available at www.fantes.com work perfectly fine. You can also buy a grinder attachment for your Kitchen Aid, if you have one.
How To Roll Pasta?
Using a pasta machine
Watch my video of rolling out pasta on a machine at the wonderful CHOW.com. They edited it down very short. But it will help you get the idea.
Rolling by hand
You can watch me do it here in my kitchen. I'm very shy about this video because I still consider myself a novice. But it's on YouTube, and many people seem to like it.
Children showing you how to make pasta (YouTube video).