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. Antonio and Teresa went to Philadelphia from Italy to live with relatives. Every summer their families would travel to Wildwood to 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! A member of Teresa and Antonio’s family, Grandson Joseph, is present every day during the making of their creations. The nutritional value of pasta is well known; it is a healthy food with no chemical additives. Pasta is a basic food appreciated by both the young and the old. With a low-fat sauce it is not fattening. 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 provides a warm and inviting ambiance with beautiful murals of towns and villages in Italy. Customers enjoy authentic Italian cuisine to the soundtrack of soft Italian music, (along with Franki Valli and the Four Seasons every now and then, we are in Jersey aren’t we?!) At the Ravioli House, everything is homemade, even the the pasta, just like eating in your grandmother’s kitchen