Family-owned Pastosa Ravioli is beloved in Brooklyn, where its first store opened in 1966. Since then, the family has opened locations throughout the metropolitan area, with the only other New Jersey store located in Manalapan. The Cranford location opened in August and since then, Pastosa Ravioli has welcomed a steady stream of customers attracted by the high quality food, friendly service, and reasonable prices. For anyone who’s stumped about what to cook for dinner that night, Pastosa is a lifesaver.
The manager of the Cranford location, Vinny Vallely, has been an employee for 15 years, since he was in high school. Vinny and his brother Bill approached the company about expanding the business to Cranford as they have family in town and felt it would be the perfect location for Pastosa’s next store. They singled out the small-town feel of Cranford, as well as its walkability.
The family behind Pastosa places a big emphasis on providing its customers with the highest quality goods. Anthony loves talking to the customers and works behind the counter frequently. He firmly believes that if you don’t wake up and want to go to work each day then you’re wasting your time. The family—and the employees they hire—have a true love for what they do. Anthony made a point of saying that the Cranford location offers the same experience as other Pastosa stores with respect to fair prices and excellent quality. Great food, good prices, a loyal following—what more could you ask for?
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Michelle Stavrou, the Union County regional editor, grew up in Bergen County, then moved to Hoboken (after a stop over in Queens) before finally settling in Cranford where she lives with her husband and daughter. Michelle was amazed to discover all of the delicious food in the Cranford area, which she documents on her blog, What’s Cooking In (& Around) Cranford.