Written by Lyn Dobrin Saturday, 04 May 2013 00:00
It was the first day of school in 1981 and Dave Creo, a new 10th grade transfer student, boarded the bus. By chance, he took a seat next to Paul Moncada. “I got on the bus,” says Creo, “and sat down next to my future best friend, roommate, business partner, best man at my wedding, and godfather to my first child.” Moncada adds that Creo was best man at his wedding and godfather to his first child.
Creo and Moncada are the founders and co-owners of New York Ravioli and Pasta based in New Hyde Park, celebrating its 20th anniversary this year.
The two knew early on that they wanted to go into business together and food seemed a natural choice. Moncada’s family owned a deli/catering business and both had worked in restaurants in their teens. They started in May of 1993 with six items. The ravioli were the same shape with different fillings, all made on one square ravioli machine.
Their first manufacturing facility was a converted insurance office; then they moved to 8,000 square feet in Mineola. Five years ago they and 20 employees moved into the specially designed 14,000-square-foot New Hyde Park plant.
In addition to the quality of the product, they credit their employees with their success. “We’ve surrounded ourselves with a good network of supporting characters,” says Creo. “We have found and have been found by a lot of hard-working, motivated people.” Many of the staff have been with them since the first day, including their chef Jose Dimas.
The pasta is made from semolina and wheat flour. Everything is natural–no preservatives, artificial colors or additives. A quick response to what the public wants is a hallmark of the business.
“We knew from the get-go that we needed to be a step ahead of other companies,” says Moncada. “That’s why we develop so many different kinds of fillings.” In addition to traditional cheese and meat, some of their offerings include roasted eggplant with ricotta and fresh mozzarella, plus a combination of spinach, artichokes, truffles and almonds.
There’s more than ravioli: manicotti, stuffed shells, tortellini, tortelloni, cavatelli, gnocchi, fresh pasta, plus homemade sauces. Responding to the holidays, they make, for instance, a heart-shaped ravioli for Valentine’s Day and shamrocks for St. Patrick’s Day. Their biggest hit has been the Jolie-shaped ravioli for children.
Says Moncada, “Kids love mac and cheese and pizza, so we’ve incorporated those into the Jolie line.” He says parents love their Jolie broccoli and cheddar cheese “because it gets some vegetables into the children’s bellies.”
There is a small retail shop at the New Hyde Park plant where products can be purchased to take home, plus a catering menu.
New York Ravioli & Pasta Co. is located at 12 S. Denton Ave. in New Hyde Park. The phone number is 516-741-7287 and the website is www.nyravioli.com.
Thursday, 24 April 2014 00:00
Night On The Town has been a fixture in Mineola, honoring community pillars and charities with a evening of great food and fun. This year, event reps have a new goal in mind for the May 7 event at Jericho Terrace: 1,000 attendees and $100,000 raised for the
Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, the night’s yearly beneficiary. The event raised $72,500 last year.
“If you want to buy a ticket or write a check, you don’t make it out to no one else other than the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society,” said event coordinator and Piccola Bussola owner Tony Lubrano. “All of the money goes straight to them.”
Lubrano’s family has been personally touched by leukemia, specifically his late father, Pasquale. The 2012 extravaganza marked the first recipient of the Pasquale Lubrano Community Service Award to the event’s honoree, former state Senator Michael Balboni.
Wednesday, 23 April 2014 00:00
After two terms on the Mineola School Board and six years of service to the district, trustee William Hornberger will not seek re-election in May, he confirmed last week.
“After six years of volunteering, I believe the district is on solid ground financially and moving in the right direction educationally,” he said. “I think it’s time for other members of the community to bring their ideas and vision to the board of education. It’s time to move onto the next chapter.”
Hornberger was first elected to the board in 2008 and re-elected in 2011, serving as board president and vice president in that span. The Williston Park resident oversaw the reconfiguration of the district which included the closing of the Cross Street and Willis
Avenue schools, one of the more challenging times in the district’s history. Those two schools have since been leased out to Solomon Schechter Day School and Harbor Child Care, respectively.
Thursday, 24 April 2014 00:00
Brian Heckelman and Peter Murphy’s defending held the Smithtown Red Wings in check the entire game as the BU10 Mineola FC team advanced to the Long Island Cup quarterfinal round with a 2-0 victory on Saturday, April 12. Liam Russelman scored first for
Mineola, taking a ball from the left sideline and cutting in along the top of the Smithtown box, where he launched a shot into the left corner of the RedWings goal.
The 1-0 lead lasted for most of the game, until Liam Going sidestepped three Red Wings defenders, drove to the net and slid a hard shot into the back of the net. Mineola improved to 4-0 in all competitions with the win.
Thursday, 24 April 2014 00:00
Jimmy Regan was a perfect man in that he put others before himself and made sacrifices—both for his country and in ultimately his life as an Army Ranger. Chaminade High School lacrosse star Jack Brennan, who grew up knowing Regan and who now plays for his alma mater, would be the first to admit that he is not a perfect man, but did put on a perfect performance this past Saturday night on the lacrosse field, scoring a hat trick in a 10-5 win against the Manhasset Indians and giving the Flyers the overall edge 4-3 in the annual charity game held in Regan’s name.
“I didn’t really do much, it was just a lot of feeds on the crease and I just finished and I got lucky,” Brennan said of his on-field performance, especially considering the significant amount of playing time as a junior on the team.