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Giovanni Rana Pastificio & Cucina
Giovanni Rana Pastificio & Cucina

Giovanni Rana Pastificio & Cucina Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://rananyc.com
  • Phone: (212) 370-0975
  • Hours of Operation: Lunch: Daily: 11:00am - 5:00pm

    Dinner: Sunday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 11:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Italian
  • Executive Chef: Francesco Berardinelli & Giancarlo Perbellini
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Beer, Full Bar, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Getting there

  • Cross Street: 15th and 16th Street
  • Public Transit: Subway:
    L to 8th Avenue.
    A C E to 14th Street.

    M14 to 14th Street.
    M14D to 14th Street.
  • Parking: Street Parking
A word from Giovanni Rana Pastificio & Cucina
Giovanni Rana Pastificio & Cucina brings the passion and commitment, high quality, artisanal pasta to the U.S. in the form of a full-service restaurant, where fresh pasta is made on site daily in a glass-enclosed Pasta Studio, and hand-selected rare and regional Italian products and prepared foods are available to take home.Continued
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Diner Reviews
  • "Nothing to say besides awesome. Nice place, great food, good price."
    Dined on 7/27/2014
  • "I have been living in New York City for over 4 years. I have tried many restaurants but Giovanni Rana is the best restaurant so far I have been too. Great food, great energy. Maybe pasta is a little over price and could make this as a once in a life occasion for a medium or low income person; if the pasta would be 5 dollars less it would be very nice. Congratulations."
    Dined on 7/24/2014
  • "Celebraated my son's birthday here -we were a group of 5. Every pasta dish we had was fresh and delishous, the portion sizes were just right and the service was very good. Will definately be returning!"
    Dined on 7/24/2014
  • "the food was excellent. the service was not so good. wait service was not attentive, didn't ask if we wanted another bottle of wine (which we did), started to clear plates before we were finished. however, the pasta was out of this world. i brought 2 colleagues in from Germany. They loved the food and antipasto plate."
    Dined on 7/23/2014
  • "We are native New Yorkers, never went here. Took visiting friends, they loved it and took away a great impression of our city."
    Dined on 7/22/2014
  • "Best Italian food since my trip to Italy. Authentic, fresh and absolutely delicious!"
    Dined on 7/19/2014
  • "We've been eyeing Giovanni... since we started coming to Chelsea Market a few years ago. The fresh pasta by the entrance always looked so good. Unfortunately, our first (and probably only) dining experience there did not meet our expectations. Service was hurried, the room was exceedingly noisy, and the food, especially the pasta dishes we sampled, was disappointing. The main problem for us was they tried to take classic pasta dishes and reinvent them to the point they were hardly recognizable. The pasta dough, unexpectedly in a place that makes so much of their own, was very heavy and gummy. The sauces were much richer than they should have been. It's too bad because we come there so often it would have been a great place to stop at again."
    Dined on 7/19/2014
  • "I was looking forward to trying Giovanni Rana as a possible venue for our wedding reception. I had a reservation for 2 at 7:30, and we were seated promptly. We had perfectly fine service throughout the evening, but every single item we ordered, with the exception of the Big Spender cocktail (which was delicious) was a disappointment. The pea soup was bland, the bolognese was one-dimensional, the meat and cheese platter looked like it came from Gristede's, and the chocolate ravioli were dense. Furthermore, the restaurant is not inexpensive. Our meal was over $160, including tip. I would not recommend this restaurant to anybody looking for a truly satisfying meal."
    Dined on 7/16/2014
  • "Loved everything about this place. I went with my dad. Eating out at restaurants has never really been my thing, but my dad is helping me learn more about it and in turn we are building a wonderful bond. This was the perfect place to do that."
    Dined on 7/14/2014
  • "The noise level is intolerable. The waitress could not hear us and got the order wrong. We asked to move outside because it was quieter on 9th Avenue and 15th Street than in the restaurant--which is not a good thing. No one seemed surprised at this request, and they were nice about moving us. But note that the sidewalk there is NOT charming in terms of view, noise, or ambience. The food was okay, but not special in any way. While they specialize in house-made pasta, the menu offered only ravioli and linguini, and no unusual or interesting sauces. We were told the specialty pastas were for taking home to cook. We'd recently dined at the London branch of this restaurant, and that was excellent, so this was especially disappointing."
    Dined on 7/11/2014
  • "Excellent food -- super fresh pasta and very good service. We were a group of 5 and we all enjoyed."
    Dined on 7/1/2014
  • "food was soooo bad we had to get a second dinner later that night"
    Dined on 6/11/2014
  • "This is my second time at Giovanni Rana. The food is excellent, and the service was great, but we waited a long time for our food. About a 45 minute wait. When the food finally came out, there was a good 10 minute wait for the last person to receive her meal. It was a tough call because we were all starving but didn't know if we should wait or not. To compensate, our server brought desserts to the table which was nice. I would go back but I was surprised by the slow kitchen."
    Dined on 6/5/2014
  • "I always enjoy this place. Exceptional food and very 'soho' style interior. But they need to keep the restroom pristine clean. Yes it's a restaurant but the condition of the bathroom isn't match with the name and quality of the food. "
    Dined on 6/2/2014
  • "Excellent fresh pasta options. Mostly great service (we had 1 bad server out of many). Went just for dinner - the host and our first waitress was very friendly and helpful. Wide array of dishes, including different fresh pastas, seafood and meat dishes and many different appetizers. Overall experience was great, would go back again... But would avoid some wait staff, as they were very slow and never checked on us."
    Dined on 5/18/2014
  • "The touristy atmosphere at Chelsea Market contradicts the foodie scene, making me fear that Rana might not deliver; we were SO wrong! My mom declared it the best bolognese she's EVER had, and my squid ink linguini with lobster was spectacular. The cheese plate was delish, and I was impressed to have them ask us when we would want the pastas brought out so that they could time the kitchen perfectly. Cannot wait to go try more wonderful eats at Rana!"
    Dined on 5/10/2014
  • "I was really surprised at the quality of the food at Giovanni's. We had the beet fusillone and the broccoli rabe ravioli as well as a side of the caponata. Everything was delicious! The place is a bit crowded and noisy but the food makes up for that. "
    Dined on 5/9/2014
  • "I found the food to be very good and pasta is without a doubt homemade and could def could have kept eating. The service was very fast, only 30 mins for 2 people on a Friday night. That being said, what would keep me from coming back was that it was $120 for 2 people yet the portions did not even come close to meeting that price scale. "
    Dined on 5/9/2014
  • "They have a limited menu mostly to ravioli. The Squid linguini and Beet entree were not available. Two lower priced wines were also not available. I ordered the broccoli rabe with sausage ravioli. Very small bits of sausage and not much broccoli. No sauce to mention either. Bread was great. Crostini appetizer bread was hard as a rock! Rest rooms dirty."
    Dined on 4/27/2014
  • "Whenever I have guests in town, this is one of my 'go to' places. The food, drinks, service and ambiance is always a hit! Then I nice walk through Chelsea Market to walk-off some of the deliciousness! I had family visiting this past weekend and they had seen a special dessert that was prepared for the Easter holiday season. While it was no longer on the menu, we asked about it and they made it for them. You always know how to make your guests feel special!!! "
    Dined on 4/25/2014
  • "Five of us had a wonderful meal at this restaurant. Great ambiance, rustic woods and copper pots hanging from the ceiling for decor. Very lively, but authentic and warm at the same time. Service was fantastic. The Pasta is like none I have ever had before in my life. Everything from whole wheat to chocolate ravioli. Very creative, and innovative take on a traditional food. Even though we ate lots of pasta (could not resist, wanted to try a little bit of everything) we did not walk out feeling overstuffed. My two favorite were the pasta bolognese, and the chocolate ravioli for dessert."
    Dined on 4/22/2014
  • "I love the setting of this restaurant -- from the fine linen napkins -- to the wood-hewn tables, it is a delight for the senses. Its location in the Chelsea Market (actually you enter from outside) is convenient and trendy. The food which includes many healthy options (e.g., fresh-made juices) is always delicious, though the portions are small. I've enjoyed the salads, soups and meat dishes -- all are excellent. Nice time, I will try the pasta which is their specialty. The service is prompt, but they can lose track of you after you get your plate. The place is noisy when the crowds descend, so try to get there early if you want to have a real conversation over your exceptional food. "
    Dined on 4/17/2014
  • "Stumbled upon this restaurant, and it was a great find! Was in NYC for only 4 days and ate here twice. Everyone knows you could eat out every day in NYC and never eat at the same place twice. Well -- I would have eaten here everyday if I had found it sooner. Great food and an excellent wait staff. Very impressed!!"
    Dined on 4/13/2014
  • "Not worth the price. The prices at Rana rival those at Babbo. There are so many restaurants in Manhattan that offer fresh pasta for half the price of Rana, that I just can't justify paying $25 a plate when I can get equally good pasta for $12 a plate. Just look at their takeout menu to see what their pasta SHOULD cost. Don't get me wrong; I enjoyed my meal very much, and I think Rana is a solid restaurant in every way; I just don't think it's twice as good as it's competition, and so I probably wont be going back unless I'm in the area and desperate to eat immediately. You'd do much better to just order their takeout and eat it up on the Highline!"
    Dined on 4/9/2014
  • "Call me a cynic and a curmudgeon - but I don't get the buzz over this restaurant. The space is typical post-industrial minimalism and the food is on the plus side of OK. I've dined there several times and keep hoping for that "holy cow" moment that never comes. If you want really good Italian - there are better places. "
    Dined on 4/9/2014
  • "Very mediocre Italian, nothing special and very expensive. And I lived in Italy. This is a chain restaurant there and is not highly regarded. It's not bad at all, but not very good, either."
    Dined on 4/1/2014
  • "Pasta made in-house, some very interesting dishes and a really lively energy. It was a very good evening all around."
    Dined on 4/1/2014
  • "Loved this place!! the pasta was delicious and the wait service was also great. They have pasta for desert, which is super cool but we had tiramisu, it was AMAZING."
    Dined on 4/1/2014
  • "This place is always a great bet when youre in the mood for Italian. It always delivers an authentic and fresh menu, and has a warm and inviting ambiance. Definitely one of my favorites in the neighborhood."
    Dined on 3/29/2014
  • "A group of 7 on Saturday night couldn't have been better. They had our table ready, offered great service, and the food was superior. Server helpful with suggestions of salads and desserts to share. Pastas are great, but raves for the perfectly prepared sea bass as well."
    Dined on 3/29/2014
  • "If you think you know the best Italian restaurant in manhattan for pasta, I'm about to change your opinion... Giovanni Rana is by far the best! The massive-sized dining room is surprisingly intimate, and the staff is very attentive. The added bonus is their market in the back filled with a huge selection of fresh pasta for take-away! A great experience and a true find on the westside!"
    Dined on 3/28/2014
  • "Every single dish served to our table was overwhelmingly oversalted."
    Dined on 3/27/2014
  • "When they first opened at Chelsea Mkt. it was fun, intresting, good food and service. Now its A step above Olive Garden. The food is salty or medicore at best.Executed poorly. Service was terrible. There really isnt much to say except it crashed and burned."
    Dined on 3/27/2014
  • "This place serves conventional Italian food. The service was exceptionally pleasant and helpful, but the food itself was just okay."
    Dined on 3/12/2014
  • "The food is delicious here! And the setting is lovely and relaxed. I will definitely be coming back...the spinach ravioli is ridiculously good! Service is friendly and you don't feel rushed. Great spot to bring friends or a first date!"
    Dined on 3/11/2014
  • "Located perfectly in Chelsea. Food was great. Recommend you make reservations but great place."
    Dined on 3/8/2014
  • "Mediocre service in this. Extremely busy place.waiter was friendly bit very unavailable. Polenta fries were just ok. Mussel and clam appetizer very small and unsatisfying. Sauce for fries costs $3 extra! Will not be going back."
    Dined on 3/5/2014
  • "Food was authentic and very delicious. Very pleased with the service as well."
    Dined on 2/21/2014
  • "Our dinner was very good, we had been here before. Will come back again. However the only thing we didn't like was that the waiter asked us if we needed change. We often pay with a card, but since we had the cash we paid cash. We would have left a 25-30% tip easily if he did not ask that question. My husband is in the restaurant business & always tells his waiters to never ask that as it is a turn off. Maybe not for everyone."
    Dined on 2/15/2014
  • "I came here with my boyfriend on Valentines Day and we absolutely LOVED this restaurant. Great appetizers and pasta entrees and fantastic desserts...the chocolate ravioli is to die for! The service was excellent and our waitress made a great wine recommendation that was perfect with my meal. We loved it so much we went to the fresh pasta shop to get some to make at home!"
    Dined on 2/14/2014