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Chef Raffaele Ronca – New York – USA

29 7th Avenue South, New York, NY 10014, United States
tel: (212) 242-1999

Chef Raffaele Ronca – New York – USA

Born and raised in Naples, Italy, Raffaele Ronca comes from a family of butchers and fishermen and has had a passion for food all his life. With his family also in the restaurant business, food and cooking was not only an integral part of his Italian culture, it is in his blood.

Working in his Uncle’s restaurant in Naples and helping his Mother make fresh pasta daily, Raffaele developed a lifelong passion for food. Immigrating to America at the age of 21, he worked steadily at some of New York’s most authentic Italian restaurants including as Executive Chef at Palma, Chef de Cuisine at Bellavitae, and Manager of Food and Wine at Café Torino. A few years ago, Raffaele and Romeo Palmisano, an old friend from Naples began discussing opening their own restaurant that would feature their beloved Naples’ cuisine. Working together, perfecting each detail which includes also the weekly flower arrangements – they created Ristorante Rafele.

* Chef Raffaele Ronca has appeared and won one of the most distinguished culinary
competitions, “CHOPPED” featured on The Food Network.

As well in Brindiamo! the only show about Italian Restaurants in America as well Italy, Canada, and Bermuda.

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8 Reviews
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    Best pasta in the city!

  • "Rafele is the best Italian in downtown!"

    I have eaten in Rafele NYC dozens of times!
    Great for a quick meal or a party of 10 friends!
    The food is SO fresh and flavorful!
    I travel to Italy every summer and this always tastes like a little bit of Italian to me!

  • "We love this place!"

    My partner and I have been eating here since it opened; 7 years… and we are die hard fans.
    The chef /owner is always around -cooking and socializing, which you never see these days in most restaurants. We also see him at the Farmer’s Markets in the mornings. The Italian food is classic but has a modern spin to it…there is a crispness and freshness to each dish -for example the fried foods are so light and crunchy… the pizzas are outstanding, and the pastas all homemade. The fish, grass fed steak, and roasted chicken are delcious and consistent. The other owner, also Italian, is always around and greeting guests and the staff are very on top of things. We absolutely LOVE this place!

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29 7th Avenue South, New York, NY 10014, United States

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