A video of Don Fiore preparing Italian specialties can be viewed on the business’ website – difioreraviolishop.com
By Laura Hayden
The DiFiore Ravioli Shop in Rocky Hill, renowned in the Hartford area for its homemade sauces, pastas, ravioli, and prepared foods, is about to add a second location to its three-generation family business – in Ellington.
Dan DiFiore, the grandson of the original owners, says the Ellington store will be open in a matter of weeks. He is especially excited about its location because his parents live “a mere two miles down the road “ from the new site located at 287 Somers Road. It’s the town he grew up in.
In 2011 Dan’s father and grandfather, took their 30-year-old family restaurant/food preparation business (located on Franklin St in Hartford) in a new direction. Their Italian specialty food store moved to the Rocky Hill location three years later.
Like the Rockville venue, the DiFiore Ravioli Shop in Ellington will offer at least 15 different fresh pastas, an additional 15 different ravioli, and 15 sauces as well as a take-out menu. The Ellington shop also has a small bar and an outdoor bocce ball court. “We may be the only place where you can shop for dinner with a glass of wine in hand,” says Dan.
The DiFiores are well known for their penchant to give back to the communities they serve. Last fall, while the Somers Road property was in the early stages of renovation, the DiFiores hosted a pet adoption event on its grounds. The family was on hand – outside — serving favorites like butternut squash raviolis and sausage and peppers to those who attended. By the end of the day 25 dogs and cats found forever homes and over $6000 was donated to the Connecticut Humane Society.
“We want to give back to our community, whether it’s for Alzheimer’s or the dog shelters,” said Dan in a recent interview aired on the River 105.9 radio. The DiFiore generosity extends to other causes as well.
Dan says to keep an eye on the DiFiore Ravioli Shop Facebook and Instragram accounts for news on the exact date of the Ellington opening.
The Ellington DiFiore Ravioli Shop, located on the corner of Routes 140 and 83, will be open for business soon.
Final touches are being put on the small bar that will be part of the Italian food specialty store.