Toasted ravioli

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Toasted ravioli
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Alternative namesT-ravs
Type Fried dish, pasta
Place of originUnited States
Region or state St. Louis, Missouri
Created bydisputed
Main ingredientsFlour, eggs, water, cheese, ground meat (sometimes), tomato sauce

Toasted ravioli, colloquially known as T-Ravs, [1] [2] is breaded deep-fried ravioli, usually served as an appetizer and also used to consume dipping sauce. [3] It was created and popularized in St. Louis, Missouri.



Most accounts of toasted ravioli trace its origins to a predominantly Italian-American neighborhood of St. Louis, The Hill. Supposedly, in the early 1940s, a raviolo was accidentally dropped into the fryer by a chef. Shortly thereafter, the item began appearing on menus across The Hill.

While many restaurants on The Hill claim its creation, [4] Charlie Gitto's "On The Hill" restaurant (then known as "Angelo's") is where it was made famous. That story claims that a chef at Angelo's, Mario Battocletti, accidentally dropped the pasta into oil after a misunderstanding. Chef and restauranteur, Charlie Gitto, Jr., inherited the original recipe and still serves it at his restaurants to this day.

Another claim is from Mama Campisi's as well as Louis Oldani. [5] Oldani is said to have named the dish 'toasted' ravioli because he thought 'toasted' was more appealing than 'fried'. [6]

Lombardo's Restaurants, located around the St. Louis area, also claim to have been among the first to bring toasted ravioli to the States from Sicily; their current owner, Tony Lombardo, shows menus from the 1930s that include it. [7] Lombardo's toasted ravioli frequently top lists as the "best t-ravs in St. Louis". [8]

Composition, varieties, and service

Generally, some type of meat is wrapped in square ravioli, breaded and deep fried until the pasta shell becomes slightly crispy, dry and browned. Toasted ravioli is generally served with marinara sauce for dipping [9] and Parmesan cheese may also be sprinkled on top. Toasted ravioli can be stored pre-made and frozen, which allows it to be easily prepared by fry cooks or bar staff without special skill or training.[ citation needed ]

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