Set your alarms, Pittsburgh. Saint Ravioli is back again with another delicious pasta-drop today at 5 p.m.

Justin Avi, better known as “Saint Ravioli,” has concocted a coveted, high-demand handmade noodle brand stuffed to the brim with seasonal ingredients and innovative recipes. Every month, fans and foodies anxiously await his Instagram (@saint.ravioli) announcement for a chance to secure an order.

Quattro Formaggi | Image via @saint.ravioli

Avi recommends setting alarms for his in-story Ravoili Release. Otherwise, expect to be out of luck as orders are received on a first-come, first-served basis and tend to sell out almost immediately. This month he has handmade over 100 dozen ravioli with multiple types, accompanying sauces, and sides. He’s leaked a few unique flavors including a St. Patrick’s day Shepherd’s Pie with Irish Stout Gravy along with some more traditional fare. This Ravioli Release is void of vegan options, however, anticipate an “in-between drop” for meatless followers soon.

Image via @saint.ravioli

Avi’s pasta brand kicked off at the beginning of the COVID-19 shut-downs. Similar to many others, he found himself stuck at home with more free time on his hands than he preferred. Avi states, “I’ve always had a knack for cooking and found myself feeling at home in the kitchen. Ravioli has been a specialty of mine so I decided to start selling a few dozen to friends and family.

The coronavirus caused many in the community to suffer from lay-offs and food insecurities. “After seeing my friends’ businesses struggle I started looking around and asked myself ‘what can I do?” says Avi. He was called to give back to the community and vowed to donate all his extra tips to local charities and fundraisers. Over the holidays, he donated $1 from each order and raised $725 for a nearby homeless shelter. 

Carne Ravioli | Image via @saint.ravioli

When asked where he sees Saint Ravioli expanding, Avi says, “I’m looking forward to the future. I’ve been having a great time so far and I can’t wait to expand my brand with potential pop-ups, farmer’s markets, and more!” 

If you’d like to learn more about Saint Ravioli just follow him on Instagram!

Spinaci e Funghi | Image via @saint.ravioli
This content was provided by a local, independent contributor to Made in PGH, a lifestyle blog.
Bryer Blumenschein

Digital Strategist, Made in PGH

Bryer is a born-and-raised Pittsburgher who is deeply entrenched in the local food and culture scene. When she's not checking out new galleries and shows, you can find her tasting some of the best dishes the city has to offer or hiking outside! Right now, Bryer lives in the South Side with her fiancé, Oscar, and their two dogs.

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