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Giovanni Rana hosts first pasta-making class for kids

We headed to the Chelsea Market eatery to make cheese-filled and chocolate ravioli in a family-friendly pasta-making session.

Pasta Making for Kids at Giovanni Rana

Pasta Making for Kids at Giovanni Rana Photograph: Lindsey Thomas

Giovanni Rana Pasticificio and Cucina hosted it's first kid-friendly pasta-making class this weekend, and we headed to Chelsea Market to get a taste of it for ourselves. Guided by Antonella Rana, daughter-in-law of the legendary Veronese pasta maestro (and mother of two!), little chefs started off by learning how to crack eggs, knead dough and use a rolling pin. After flattening the pasta dough with a little help from the eatery's chefs, kids used cookie cutters to press out fun shapes (think airplanes and flowers) for cheese-filled ravioli. Then, since it wouldn't be a true Italian meal without some dolci, the class wrapped up as the chefs-in-training whipped mascarpone, ricotta, dark chocolate, hazelnuts, orange peel and cream into sweet dessert ravioli. Everyone left with some impressive pasta-making skills and enough ravioli to make a tasty meal at home. In addition to the soon-to-be-regular Sunday morning classes, the restaurant encourages kids to play with their food by giving them dough and pasta cutters during meals. Plus, aspiring Bobby Flays looking for hands-on cooking activities won't want to miss this weekend's Kids Food Festival in Bryant Park!

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  1. Citi Pond at Bryant Park Sixth Ave, between 40th and 42nd Sts
  2. Until Sun Mar 1
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