Fasta Ravioli Expanding into Pleasant Gap

Fasta & Ravioli Co. is going to expand to another location in the coming spring. The new  handmade pasta and ravioli business location will be located in Pleasant Gap, eight miles from downtown State College.

The original Fasta location first opened just three years ago. Located on South Fraser Street, it has offered customers high quality handmade pasta.

Both locations will remain open 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday through Saturday. The expansion is attributed to the high amount of business the store receives

Owner and 2008 Penn State alum, Bob Ricketts, explained that expanding will allow for Fasta & Ravioli Co. to carry more products. Ricketts waned additional room for new products like jarred sauces, fresh mozzarella, olive oil, and more varieties of pastas.

The store’s current freezer space does not adequately carry as much ravioli as Ricketts would like.

“Right now in our freezer we have about ten to fifteen different types of ravioli,” Ricketts said, “but soon we will be able to hold 25 to 30 in stock.”

Fasta also sells its products to several farmers markets in State College, and local restaurants purchase goods from the company.

The business’s positive response has given Ricketts more ideas for expansion. Soon he hopes to sell his product in local grocery stores. In the future, he even hopes to break into the Altoona and Harrisburg markets.

Ricketts also hopes to possibly open a casual high-end restaurant some day. “For what’s in store in the future,” Ricketts said “only time will tell.”

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