“Only if you put your heart into something
you can put your stamp on it.”
From the tiny kitchen in San Giovanni Lupatoto we have made it all the way here, to America!
And I still feel now the same way I felt when riding my little red Guzzi motorbike, happily unaware of the road ahead… The only difference between today and 1962 is that the basket I used for my tortellini has gotten so big that now I can share my pasta with the United States!
For me, it is like a wonderful and delectable miracle. In fact, there’s no secret to this success, we just believe that a dream can come true with hard work and great passion. And so it has been, ever since I started selling my tortellini to shop after shop.
I like to stay close to the source of my preferred ingredients. It is no surprise that at present, our predominance in pasta and fresh sauce production extends primarily to Italy and Europe.
I am passionate about what I do, and the same goes for my whole team: that is why we always strive for improvement and we are constantly trying to outdo ourselves.
Ours is not a brand that is stamped on the package, but an actual family from Verona that has been living in Italy for three generations, and has decided to bring the finest pasta variety, first to Europe and now to the United States as well. That’s how our family grows!
I must admit that the urge to extend beyond Italy was all mine, first as a tribute to my father and to pasta, then as a strong call to introduce our lovely pasta to dinner tables even further away.
It’s almost like traveling in reverse, if you can’t come to Italy, we’ll bring Italy to you!
It’s quite a challenge because we always focus on quality, ideas, ingredients, recipes and people, which are the basis of everything. I’ve always been passionate about history and adventure, and encountering new tastes and different cultures is a way of discovering the world, the land and its people.
The strength of our history is such that over the course of 54 years it has involved thousands of families all over the world, all kinds of families who have worked and continue to work with us. And my father Giovanni is the incredible head of this truly “extended” family!
Currently our community is made up of 2,500 members, double what it was 10 years ago. It’s hard to imagine how large we might become in a few years’ time… Neither my wife nor I consider our children as the "third generation", since that third generation is made of those passionate, enthusiastic, and modern family members; thousands of people who work with us and share our dream... and Giovanni Rana is a unifying force as a beloved grandfather to each and every one of us!
Gian Luca Rana
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