The Ravioli House- a place where memories are made...
In the past 50 years not much has changed at Bennett and New Jersey Avenues in Wildwood. The Ravioli House and Pastry Shop is an Italian family restaurant with a complete take-out service. It is still owned and operated by the DeSanctis family. It all started when Antonio and Teresa moved to Philadelphia from Italy to live with relatives. Every summer their families would travel to Wildwood and stay with Antonio’s aunt, who owned a building where she made homemade pasta.
Teresa loved the idea of owning a restaurant, and in 1970 the Ravioli House opened its doors for the first time. When Teresa and Antonio DeSanctis began making pastas years ago, it was made by hand from only pure semolina and durum wheat flour, whole fresh eggs, and water. Today the only difference is that the pastas are made by machine. The ingredients still contain only all natural ingredients of fresh eggs, genuine pecorino romano cheese, fresh parsley, and the finest spices available.
What the DeSanctises have brought with them from Italy- he from Abbruzzi, she from Naples- is pure love of good food and a desire to prepare it with both skill and quality and for the appreciation of others. The Ravioli House makes many different types of their famous pastas on the premises. The “pastabilities” are endless!
Teresa and Antonio's daughter, Anna Marie manages the restaurant, and their grandson Joseph works as a cook and helps make all of the pasta. Pasta is a basic food appreciated by both the young and the old. Pasta should be seen as a dish in its own right. Pasta has no season – there is always something to go with it. By using either cream sauces, garlic and oil, or simply a version of your own favorite sauce — you can eat pasta as it is eaten in Italy, or create an unforgettable specific special of your own. These principles are the foundation upon which all our pastas are built.
The Ravioli House is a family restaurant through and through. It is not only owned and operated by the DeSanctis's but it is a place where families visit year after year. At The Ravioli House, we love hearing customers share stories about their childhoods, and eating dinner at their Nonna's house. Many people who visit us tell us they feel as if they are taking a step back in time, to their own childhood. We love to hear the memories of them coming to the Wildwoods when they were young, and eating Teresa and Tony's homemade recipes, to now when they are able to experience it with their own children, and for some even their grandchildren.
The Ravioli House is a family restaurant and always will be. A place where memories are made, and tradition is everything.