Giovanni Rana Pastificio & Cucina
Giovanni Rana Pastificio & Cucina

Giovanni Rana Pastificio & Cucina

  • 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.



    Bus:
    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.
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Giovanni Rana Pastificio & Cucina reviews from OpenTable diners
87 reviews since July 31, 2014
Overall Rating4.1
  • Food4.3
    Service3.9
  • Ambiance4.1
    Noise LevelEnergetic
98% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (46)good for groups (41)neighborhood gem (27)special occasion (25)great for lunch (21)kid-friendly (20)hot spot (19)great for outdoor dining (15)romantic (14)notable wine list (13)late-night find (12)great for brunch (9)vibrant bar scene (3)scenic view (2)Show More
  • BelleVIP
    Dined on 11/24/2014
    We have been in NY 5 days on this trip and this is the best meal yet!!! I'm not kidding!! The lobster with squid ink pasta was so good I wish I'd ordered another plate! (I'm craving it right now as I write.) My husband ordered it also, and we hardly spoke as we were so busy eating! We shared a delish salad and the chocolate ravioli which you dip in raspberry sauce. Both very good, but as I mentioned before, the squid ink pasta/lobster was out of this world! Easy to find and cab stand near so no trouble heading for theatre afterwards. Great place for all ages! Last but not least, our server was very attentive, professional and courteous!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, kid-friendly, late-night find, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good food and great service
    lazb
    Dined on 11/23/2014
    The cauliflower appetizer, pumpkin ravioli, and pine nut tart were delicious. There was also a nice wine selection. We also got the truffle pasta which was shaved truffles , white pasta and olive oil. I love truffles but the overall dish was a little boring. The staff was really friendly and attentive. They refilled our waters a lot, got our order correct, made great menu recommendations, brought the food quickly, and overall were very pleasant. I think they were working hard and we appreciated such great service. Overall I thought the restaurant was great, but honestly I think you can get the same quality food and wine at another neighborhood Italian restaurant for less money.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Dinner on a Friday night with a friend
    AmiA
    Dined on 11/21/2014
    Decided to give this place a try. The fresh pasta seemed very appealing to me. I was not disappointed! I had no complaints about the food at all! Ordered the lobster with breadcrumbs over squid ink pasta. It was delicious! Everything was perfectly cooked and seasoned. The ambiance was wonderful. Rustic family style dinning really transported me to Italy. Highly recommend! Take home some pasta too!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • great restaurant at chelsea market
    DebBie
    Dined on 11/20/2014
    I liked everything about this place. I had the black truffle ravioli and it was delicious. The ambiance is beautiful and pleasant.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Love this place for a business lunch
    AGoodFork
    Dined on 11/12/2014
    service and food were impeccable, great for a business lunch. In and out in an hour, did not feel rushed. Timing of food and service checks was superb.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good food, but too noisy
    HungryRunner
    Dined on 11/7/2014
    Extremely loud and hard to hear other people in your party. Food was good though. Cool to see them making pasta in the back.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • delicious pasta truffle
    Laila
    Dined on 11/1/2014
    good food, nice decoration and relax ambiance Perfect place for a family gathering with teenagers
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch, kid-friendly
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • A great place to catch up
    JeffS
    Dined on 10/26/2014
    My friends and I recently visited Giovanni Rana for a late brunch and this place really delivered. A lot of the prior reviews said that it was very loud and hard to hear your own group but such was not the case for us. It was very comfortable and pleasant. The staff are all very friendly. The food is absolutely delicious. You cannot go wrong with any of their homemade pasta dishes. Finally, you absolutely cannot leave her without having tried the Chocolate Ravioli for dessert. Believe me- it's that good.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delish
    maisabel
    Dined on 10/24/2014
    Though it was a small menu, we ordered 3 of the dishes the waiter recommended. All 3 were amazing. Now we all want to go back and try each other's dish.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Amazing Pasta!
    womenonfood
    Dined on 10/22/2014
    I have never been to Chelsea Market before and didn't even realize that this restaurant existed. Boy am I glad I found it. The homemade pasta was the best I have ever had. We did the pasta tasting where you can order 3-5 different ones, we did the 5 and one was better than the next. Service was exceptional and the atmosphere was fantastic. I highly recommend!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Experience
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/21/2014
    This place was local to our hotel and we wanted a casual dinner. Lovely setting and good atmosphere. Food was very good and service great. Would recommend.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Outstanding flavors
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 10/16/2014
    Great pasta, all made fresh with the best seasonal products available
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good Food
    FoodTravelGuy2014
    Dined on 10/15/2014
    This place was loud with a busy bar crowd. It's really hard to enjoy an intimate dinner because of the noise. . .great food though!
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Feeding the masses
    mhm2020
    Dined on 10/8/2014
    This restaurant seems to be more interested in catering to busloads of tourists or corporate groups than winning over individual tables of NYC diners. I was here with two friends recently and while the food was fine, it didn't stand out and didn't compensate for the lackluster service which was clearly spread very thin. Not good enough to stand out from similar nearby places like Crispo.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Very Loud
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 10/4/2014
    Food is good as is the service but the noise level is so high on a busy evening that it is hard to carry on a conversation. Also the chairs are mixed with different wood kinds and metal kinds all of which are uncomfortable. Feeling is crowded as well with tables close to each other. Getting by these negatives leaves you with very good food.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/2/2014
    The food was presented well and more importantly tasted good. The deserts, however, blew my mind. In particular, the chocolate ravioli.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Doesn't disappoint
    southamptoneater
    Dined on 10/1/2014
    Have taken out of town visitors twice and the food and location were great. Also close to the High Line for a lovely stroll and lots of shopping in Chelsea Market, notably Artist and Fleas market.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Very worthwhile dining experience
    Hawks
    Dined on 9/23/2014
    Visiting New York from Australia and a friend had recommended this restaurant to us. The food was excellent, up there with the best we had in New York. We had lunch there but would be great for dinner as well. Rani also had a great atmosphere and whilst vibrant it wasn't too noisy and of course a great location. Service wasn't fantastic but nothing wrong with it.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Very Average
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/15/2014
    Nothing noteworthy here. I'd look elsewhere if you want an exceptional meal.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Good but could be better
    Terrysart2VIP
    Dined on 9/15/2014
    I found the resturant to be really attractive with a good vibe about it. Enjoyed sitting outside and watching the passers by. My service was very good and the staff very friendly; however, I did not find the food was average, the servings small and the price too high relative to the quality and portions. I can pay the same price and maybe even get the same portion size at other NY resturants where the quality makes the portion and price still feel like a great value. If I were to recommend the resturant it would be to someone who just wanted a Copland different place, but knew the food would be average and portions small. Again, the staff and service were excellent.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great spot! Loved it!
    xstrbl
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    We got a recommendation from a friend for this place, and we loved it! Great ambience, fabulous food, lovely waitress, fun atmosphere.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Quality dining!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    While the price may be a bi of a deterrent, it is definitely worth it for an occasion or celebration, as you can also purchase the fresh pasta to cook at home. It was my first time dining in the restaurant, so I was mainly there for the pasta - would love to return to try their other entree options. Great, cozy atmosphere, and enough space that you don't feel crammed. Service is wonderful, very attentive and helpful.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • A little be disappointed
    EatLover
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    I went for the first time a month ago. Was awesome amazing and a great experience in every level. We were sitting close to the entrance and we got an amazing service. Thursday night we say by the window facing the outdoor table, I don't remember the name of the waiter but he was a little off from our table. Not to friendly and probably not in a waiting mood that day. He served us white wine he poor it once in our glass and that was it, he left it on the table and we were serving ourselves all night. Considering that we pay a good amount of money I expect at list a little more service. Overall of course the food was amazing.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Thanks
    Thanks
    Dined on 9/8/2014
    Thanks! I took a client here and we had a great experience. The service was outstanding all around. Prompt seating, attentive waiter with great recommendations, and the food was amazing!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • always good
    rafcalVIP
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    Evey time we visit NY we have to stop in, at least once. What a treat!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, hot spot, kid-friendly
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Market Gem
    Worldaware10
    Dined on 8/25/2014
    Rana is on the street and in the Chelsea market, in one of the hottest neighborhoods in NYC. I am always surprised when I bring a local friend and they have not been there. They feature homemade pasta and sprinkle the menu with gourmet favorites and seafood. The ravioli is a highlight each time. You can not go wrong here for a reasonable and delicious dinner.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Lack of planning....
    zelfVIP
    Dined on 8/24/2014
    The food was great, I had probably the best "bolognese"in a long time.However, there were out of several items in the menu, which was very frustrating. My friends had to settle for their third choice....Their excuse was that they had a very busy lunch/brunch. That is lack of planning.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • FAST FOOD FEAST
    SaucySandyVIP
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    We had a delicious dinner at Giovanni Rana that was spoiled by fast-food service. We had hardly begun to enjoy our drinks before our salad was served, a beautifully rustic presentation of tomatoes and mozzarella. We were in the midst of sharing that when our main courses arrived. BAD ! We complained to our waiter and the manager came over to apologize, but the bottom line was that we were out of Giovanni Rana in under an hour. I suppose I'd recommend the restaurant if you went knowing our problem and were explicit in directions to the waiter about how you wanted your meal to be served.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • not for a special occasion!
    Diningwithfriends
    Dined on 8/13/2014
    We went here to celebrate a birthday and asked that the individual celebrating their birthday be given a candle on their desert. unfortunately this was not done. would we go back, yes since the pasta was amazing, but not for a birthday since asking for anything special seems to be too difficult given how busy they are.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A night to remember
    FSoalheiro
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    Antonella Rana and Chiara made our night as memorable as it could possible get. I proposed to my girlfriend over dinner, at the very same place we had our first date almost 2 years ago. They even found a way to provide us with the off-menu gem of Lobster Mezzalunas, which was what we had on our first night there.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Too Noisy
    Mike
    Dined on 8/7/2014
    It's a big place, but a low ceiling, as a result, even though we sat down around 9:00 PM it did not get to a noise level where we could here each other speak until 10:00 PM. The appetizers were okay, but the main dishes mediocre. There was a squid ink linguine that 3 people ordered and only one liked. I had an octopus 'stew' which was much too salty. The service was very helpful and nice, too bad the food didn't rise to the same level.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great service.
    Divatobe
    Dined on 8/6/2014
    We were a party of 6. Half of the us got there 5 minutes before we did and they were seated, great! We asked for a certain type of pasta for our 7 yr old and it was easy breezy, fabulous! I asked for the vanilla ravioli which wasn't on the desert menu, she was able to accommodate, superb!
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great experience
    AnaP
    Dined on 8/6/2014
    The ambience and the food are great. The service could be more friendly but it is ok.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, good for groups, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Worst Experience Possible
    DavidC
    Dined on 8/5/2014
    Simply put, I am allergic to pepper, the spice. Naturally I said it as a first item in the discussion with the waitress. So she brought us bread, apparently infused with pepper without saying a word. After I recovered, dinner came. She said, "Oh, I forgot" then stopped herself. So I asked if there might be pepper in my food. She wasn't sure. I took one bite and of course there was. We give our waitress a genuine F. Ruined the evening and it went without as much as an apology. Who knows, maybe the food is good. I sure wouldn't know.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Good food, but touristy
    etbgVIP
    Dined on 8/3/2014
    Given that it's 2 blocks from my apartment, I will definitely go back. The homemade pasta is delicious. The fact that they have a kids menu is also great. But, overall, it is a little pricey, for what it is, and seems to be filled with tourists.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great pasta but bad service
    Nachomr
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    Very loud place. Tables are too close to each other. Waiters were talking among themselves instead of servicing the clients.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Akshaya
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    Great food, great service. Lots of options for vegetarians too...
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • SPECTACULAR
    Brian2014NYC
    Dined on 7/31/2014
    This is the second time we have dined at Giovanni Rana, and like a fine wine, it improves with age. There are so many wonderful things to recommend about Rana. Our server was lovely, the ambiance was like being in Italy, and the food was beyond delicious. The proprietor, Antonella, remembered my wife from our last visit, which was over one year ago, and she is such a delight! We will absolutely be returning to Rana, but not with as much time lapsed in between - as in within this month!
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 49 ratings-only reviews submitted since July 31, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.1
    • Food4.4
    • Ambiance4
    • Service3.8
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • The following 261 reviews are from the Giovanni Rana Pastificio & Cucina reviews archive.
  • Giovanni Rana
    DOCHEAD
    Dined on 7/28/2014
    Great experience. Very good food, friendly service. Perfect dinner! I really recommend it!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Alex
    Dined on 7/27/2014
    Nothing to say besides awesome. Nice place, great food, good price.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.