February 10, 2017
My friend Missy Casselli introduced me to the Ravioli Company more than 15 years ago. She asked if I’d ever been – that she met a nice couple and suggested I go. When I walked into their first store on Platt Street and smelled the smells, and took a bite of their homemade knot rolls I knew I was hooked.
This many years later, Dwight and Lauren Otis are great friends. It has been fun to watch their growth. They provide ravioli for many restaurants all around the Bay area, including Carmel Kitchen whom I consult for.
The care, passion, and love they put into each ravioli, lasagna, sauce, meatball is immediately felt upon the first bite of one of their homemade products. This is no ordinary mom & pop. They have a knack, a talent for making good food – and Lauren always greets you with a friendly smile.
Once I dropped 3 gallons of my homemade marinara sauce an hour before it had to be served. I panicked big-time. What will I do? I am very particular about what I serve to my clients – it all must be top quality and homemade. I called Lauren and Dwight and they hooked me up; and wouldn’t even let me pay. True friendship.
I remember walking in one day and Dwight making me a special caprese sandwich on one of their homemade knot rolls and handed it to me as I was walking out the door. It might be the best sandwich I’ve ever eaten. But even better is their friendship.
I love walking into their shop on Manhattan and delighting in the labyrinth of smells as soon as my nose breaches the door. Wonderful goodness.
3413 South Manhattan Avenue
Tampa, Florida 33629
11:00am to 7:00pm – Tuesday thru Saturday