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Revered Ravioli

By Doreen Iudica Vigue
May 16, 2004

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Sabella's Ravioli is one of those discoveries that make you fight with yourself. You want all your friends to know the heaven that is Sabella's pillows of hand-rolled dough and fresh ricotta. And yet you want the storefront shop on Revere's main drag to be your little secret.

For sure, the world would be a better place if we all had a tummyful of the ravs that Vinny Sabella has been making since he was 8. (An uncle, Leo Sutera, founded Louise's Ravioli, and Sabella learned the craft at his knee.) Sabella makes his round delights fresh on Fridays and sells them through Sunday for $3.49 a dozen. Frozen raviolis are available all week for the same price. Smaller, square, versions -- a nod to Louise's -- are just $2.99 for a frozen box of 36.

Sabella works the back while daughter Jenifer waits on customers who might also be buying some of the other take-home entrees that Sabella cooks up: chicken broccoli ziti, $5.95; stuffed shells, $4.50; eggplant Parmesan, $5.25; fettucini Alfredo, $5.95; plus soups, $4.50 a quart, and Sabella's own pasta sauce, $4 per quart. The shop also stocks freshly grated Parmesan cheese as well as eggs, dried pastas, and olive oil. But we think you should let Vinny do the cooking.

Sabella's Ravioli, 910 Broadway, Revere, 781-286-0820.

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