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RafeleRistorante-e Raffo edited by VanvakysBorn 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 Neapolitan  culture, it is in his blood.


RafeleRistorante Esterno editedWorking 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 du Cuisine at Bellavitae, and Manager of
Food and Wine at Café Torino. A few years ago,




Raffaele and Romeo Palmisano, an old friend from swordfish-rafeleNaples, 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.


Rafel Ristorante img_1793At Rafele, Romeo and Raffaele believe in: 

L’appetito viene mangiando”— for “Food that makes you want more!”



small cuccia_label_R_3 copy 2 * Chef Raffaele Ronca has collaborated as partner with Vanvakys International in many High Class  Food & Wine Events in Manhattan and Westchester  

* Chef Raffaele Ronca has appeared on The Food Network’s “Sandra Lee’s”
Semi Homemade, where he shared a recipe for one of his signature holiday cocktails.



Executive chef: Raffaele Ronca

Web: Rafele.com 



Bondi Cafè
7 West 20th Street, NYC 10011, Tel: +1 (212) 691 8136

Cacio e Vino
80 2nd Avenue, NYC 10003, Tel: +1 (212) 228 3269


Scopello Ristorante Bar

63 Lafayette Avenue, Brooklyn NYC 11217 

“Coral walls, a lengthy bar and high ceilings lend an appropriately Mediterranean feel to complement the stellar Sicilian pickings”, “If you are catching a show at BAM, make this your first stop.”

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Villa Monaco

778 Montauk Highway, West Islip, New York 11795, Tel: +1 (631) 661 5599

In the succession from pizza to fine dining, the Villa Monaco has become a name for quality, consistency and congeniality that is almost synonymous with that of it’s proprietor, Nicholas Lo Monaco. Quite often known as “Nick’s”, or “The Villa”. This establishment has built a reputation for it’s uniqueness and charm in an atmosphere of warmth and informality.


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The Best Sicilian Pastry in Brooklyn.” Villabate has and always will be a family owned and run business. It is named after the Sicilian town of Villabate, near Palermo, which is home to the talented family that has operated this pasticceria since 1980. For generations the Alaimo family has been creating the finest in Sicilian pastries, cakes, cookies and breads. It all started in the small town of Villabate in the northern region of the island of Sicily. Although Emanuele Alaimo and Lina Drago come from the same village, they met and married in Brooklyn, New York. We invite you to experience their truly specialcassata Siciliana” (the best!) as well as their delicious cannoli, sfince and gelati. Not to mention their their coffee and snack bar, where you can sample many kinds of traditional Sicilian “rosticceria” (arancini, calzoni fritti, pizzelle and more).





Tino’s Delicatessen
“Little Italy in the Bronx. Rosa and Giancarlo Paciullo have owned Tino’s Deli for the past ten years. The deli had been on 187th Street for over 50 years when the Paciullo’s renovated the old Belmont Community Center on Arthur Avenue so that they may provide their customers with great service in a friendly, home-like environment. Many great memories were made in the community center; many more great memories will be made at the new Tino’s deli. Rosa and Giancarlo Paciullo are very dedicated to their family, customers and neighborhood, and have been so for the last 30 years. Tino’s serves only the best homemade items, such as mozzarella, pastas and desserts. They also carry a wide variety of regional Italian imports, including a fantastic selection of quality Sicilian products. They invite you, and we encourage you, to visit their “Jewel of Arthur Avenue”, also known as Tino’s Deli!


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