The Good, the Bad, and the Delicious: 9 Ravioli History Facts

The Good, the Bad, and the Delicious: 9 Ravioli History Facts
Prime Roots

March 16, 2021
March 16, 2021 3 min read

It's National Ravioli Day!
  • And we know that amazing introductions come with amazing stories and fun facts.
  • Speaking of, did you know the singular of ravioli is raviolo? Sounds weird, right?
  • Good thing no one just wants one raviolo.
  • And that's just one meaty piece of trivia we discovered when investigating the history of ravioli. Here's everything you ever wanted to know about these bite-sized pouches of perfection!


1. Ravioli is over 700 years old!

For real. The first mention of this type of pasta was in the 14th century under the name rafyols. The word may mean "to wrap," but no one really knows the origin, which makes ravioli a rather mysterious pasta!

2. Ravioli isn't specifically Italian.

We hate to break it to ya, but various versions of the word ravioli (and raviolo) have been discovered in manuscripts originating from England, China, and Rome before Italy took those little pillow pockets and ran.

3. Ravioli was for the poor and the rich.

In the Middle Ages, all types of stuffed pastas began growing in popularity because creating pasta was pretty cheap and one could fill it with many different ingredients. The rich stuffed it with fresh and luxurious foods, while the poor stuffed it with whatever they had on hand.

4. Tomato sauce was one of the last sauces to be served with ravioli in Italy.

True story! Tomato plants were considered pretty house plants when they were brought over from the New World. Unfortunately, they were thought to be poisonous until the late 18th century in Italy. Prior to that, ravioli was served in broths and with other types of sauce.

5. Fun fact: Ravioli is in the Guinness Book of World Records.

The longest raviolo was created by Amway Russia Food Company in St. Petersburg, Russia in 2013. It was 96 ft 1 in long. We'd love to know how much it weighed!

6. Canned ravioli was commissioned by the U.S. Army.

During World War II, the U.S. Army needed nonperishable food rations for the soldiers. So they convinced Itialian immigrant and chef, Hector Boiardi, owner and founder of Chef Boyardee to create canned pastas for them.

7. The cost of ravioli convenience is big.

On average, a ravioli dish at a restaurant will cost you anywhere from $14.31- $20.39. Prime Roots new ravioli dishes are not only less expensive, but better for you, tastier, and you don't even have to leave your house to eat these luxurious pastas!

8. On average, ravioli is consumed 1.4 times per year per person.

Why? Because quality ravioli dishes are expensive at a nice restaurant and making them yourself is...well, not really fun. Plus, they're very time consuming. Trust us. We know.

9. Pasta is consumed by 59% of the population every week.

  • That's a loooooooooot of pasta! And why not? Pasta is amazing and nutritious and comforting. You can do pretty much anything and everything with it. So it's versatile. The perfect food!
  • Our plant-based ravioli was created because it's what our amazing community of foodies told us they wanted! We care about your opinion here at Prime Roots. Our community is the foundation of our brand.
  • We want to make it as easy as possible to eat high quality, delicious, healthy plant-based meats and meals!
  • Join our inclusive foodie fam community! It's free to join and comes with perks! Like first dibs on freebies and giveaways, an uber awesome rewards program and invites to our exclusive online and in-person events (aka free food)!
  • As a member of our community, you also get the opportunity to apply to be Prime Roots Ambassador or Taste Tester! So check it all out here!

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