In 1888 Bruno Cavalli had a dream. Bruno dreamt of coming to America to provide for his family better then he could ever imagine. He left the Piedmont region of Italy to start his quest in America, but only could find work as a busboy, then soon a waiter. While Bruno waited tables, he noticed that many of his customers from the Old Country asked for fresh ravioli, however there were no restaurants in New York serving ravioli. So, Bruno found a ‘New World’ niche and started to make ravioli to serve to his customers. Bruno had a small side business of making handmade fresh meat or cheese ravioli, packing them in shoeboxes, and delivering on his bicycle.
In 1905 Bruno had opened his first shop called Bruno Ravioli where he sold his homemade pastas, sauces, and Italian delicacies. Bruno’s wife helped at the counter and his sons Louis and Amerigo slept in cradles made of spaghetti crates in the back of the shop. As the boys grew up, there were sent out on bicycles delivering Bruno’s famous product and braving the elements. Often Bruno compared his business ethic to that of the post office often quoted saying “Neither snow nor sleet nor hail nor rain…. The RAVIOLI must go out!!!" Bruno’s excellent business sense told him to expand his line, and he did by adding sandwiches to his line of gourmet foods. The sandwiches were so popular with the local truck drivers; the Cavalli’s made them on an assembly line and needed eight people to work the counter. Soon later, Bruno retired and his sons took over the family business
Four generations later the pride, hard work, and a strong work ethic has kept Bruno’s name alive. Bruno’s still reigns as ‘The King Of Ravioli’, but now specializes in catering and delicious prepared foods. With three New York shops and more to come, customers can enjoy the taste, quality, and integrity that the Bruno Ravioli family has been know for over 100 years!