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.
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.
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.
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!This content was provided by a local, independent contributor to Made in PGH, a lifestyle blog.