Slideshow: Market Tours: Homemade Pasta and More at Pastosa Ravioli in Bensonhurst

Pastosa Ravioli
Pastosa Ravioli
The storefront.
Giant Mixer
Giant Mixer
Ravioli filling gets mixed in this behemoth before getting stuffed into the fresh pasta dough.
Ravioli Filling
Ravioli Filling
Ricotta cheese filling, in bulk.
Packing Up
Packing Up
Pastosa's pastas are packaged right on site soon after they're made. At peak production, the store churns out 15,000 - 20,000 ravioli a day.
Fresh Lasagna Sheets
Fresh Lasagna Sheets
Meanwhile, in another area of the huge commercial kitchen, a worker stacks fresh lasagna noodles as they come out of the machine.
Cavatelli
Cavatelli
This machine has just produced cavatelli, but the staff at Pastosa have assembled a fleet of Italian-made pasta dyes so that each machine can make a variety of pasta shapes.
Drying Racks
Drying Racks
Fresh pasta is high in moisture and must be dried slightly before being packed up.
Ravioli Case
Ravioli Case
And there they are, lined up in all their glory and ready to take home.
Not Your Mama's Ravioli
Not Your Mama's Ravioli
Joe Ajello says that the first recipe created for the store was the large round ricotta cheese ravioli. Over 50 years (and many trends later), it's still the top seller. Still, Pastosa offers an incredible range of stuffed pastas, like these luxurious seafood ravioli, to accommodate all tastes.
Fresh Pasta Section
Fresh Pasta Section
The fresh pastas made on site range from the basic fettuccine...
Fresh Pasta, Continued
Fresh Pasta, Continued
...to the daring squid ink pasta.
Dried Pasta
Dried Pasta
And of course, the store also offers an incredible variety of dried pasta, in all shapes and sizes.
Meat Case
Meat Case
Cured meats and hams.
Olive Bar
Olive Bar
Pastosa offers a wide array of olives. On the lower level are a variety of stuffed sweet and hot peppers, just a small glimpse of the many prepared foods the store makes daily.
Tomatoes
Tomatoes
When you have pasta, you need tomatoes to go with it. Pastosa cans its own both for its other stores and for wholesale.
Dried Porcini Mushrooms
Dried Porcini Mushrooms
A staple in the Italian kitchen.
Sardines
Sardines
More nice packaging on these salt-cured sardines.
Eggplant Caponata
Eggplant Caponata
The classic dish of eggplant stewed in a sweet and sour vinegar-based sauce, all canned and ready to eat.
Cannoli Cream
Cannoli Cream
Pastosa sells frozen prepared cannoli cream. As awesome as this stuff is inside a delicate fried pastry shell, I can't help but think about eating it on fruit, cake, or...just straight from the bag, Reddi Whip-style.