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.
Wednesday, 12 March 2014 00:00
The Mineola School District’s 2014-15 draft budget is $87.5 million, a 1.65 percent increase from the 2013-14 budget, which was $86.1 million when it was certified last May.
The budget also includes a 1.46 percent increase in the tax levy, the maximum allowed by the state. The 2014-15 levy sits at $79 million.
District officials said pensions, salaries and special education costs drove the increases. Superintendent Dr. Michael Nagler estimated salaries and pensions would total $400,000 each; special education, $300,000.
Friday, 07 March 2014 00:00
After two denials by John and Theresa Muzio, the Village of East Williston finally inspected 8 Sumter Ave. recently, officials confirmed. The property has been the subject of controversy and public criticism, resulting in numerous hearings and court proceedings.
The village tried to inspect the house on Jan. 14 and 31. The Muzios thwarted their entry each time, calling the police.
“They’re persecuting me,” Muzio said. “They’re harassing me and they destroyed my house. My house froze up since it’s had no heat since 2009. They need a court order before [demolishing the house].”
Thursday, 06 March 2014 00:00
This is the year the program has been waiting for. Head Coach Helms Bohringer, now in his 17th season at Mineola High School, is looking forward to having eight returning seniors from the 2013 varsity baseball team. That squad finished with seven wins, an improvement over the previous year.
The Mustangs have a program that is trending upward and Bohringer is excited for the prospects of this squad.
Thursday, 06 March 2014 00:00
Children, teens and adults competed in the recent Winter 2014 Martial Arts Tournament at Charles Water Karate & Fitness in Williston Park.
Williston Park: Mario Lombardo-first place
Williston Park: Gavin Boylan - third place
Williston Park: Gavin Lee - Medal Winner
Matthew Gavagan – Medal Winner