Lobster Ravioli from Trader Giotto

Trader Giotto's Lobster Ravioli

Their appearance was what drew my attention to Trader Giotto’s Lobster Ravioli. I took no great pictures (actually, not at all) of these large ol’ guys sporting the crazy red thckred stripes. Maybe I have lived a relatively sheltered life when it comes to stuffed pastas. But I have never seen striped ravioli before. If I have, it’s not something I remember so it doesn’t count. These ravioli, however…these are loud and proud, and they don’t hesitate to show their semolina selves. You go, ravioli. It’s not like the taste of different pasta is radically different than regular so I don’t know if it has any practical uses. My only explanation is that there was a Ravioli Crush Saga game, and I don’t know if you can count on wiping out entire rows. Shelly’s current obsession is playing a similar game. A different one is “Kitchen Nightmares”, which can be viewed on Netflix. Gordon Ramsey recently picked up some red-striped lobster ravioli (dried), and unleashed a series of bleeps so unnecessary that I don’t know what 90% of the bleeps were being bleeped for. It was incredible, and shows that red-striped lobster ravioli are at least a common practice.

They were tempting me to buy them because of the delicious, chunky, lobstery, tasty bites that they would make. This is what lobster ravioli looks like, but I don’t have any experience. It’s not what is inside that I should have figured out. Instead of large chunks of lobster, this is probably what Ramsey would call lobster babyfood. It’s all mashed, pureed, and then mixed with all kinds of other stuff. Ours were a tad salty and a wee bit gritty, but overall  pretty decent. They weren’t too ricotta like, at least from a texture and flavor standpoint. Each one has just enough lobster to make it the dominant flavor. It’s well complemented by the small amount of mozzarella. Although we served them with a little vodka sauce on the side, I think light butter or lemon pepper would have been a better choice. Although they were not very impressive and definitely not as fancy-looking as their appearance first led me to believe, the ravioli was an acceptable weeknight meal and well worth the $4 that we paid for the sack.

Sandy would also prefer larger pieces of real lobster in them. But that would probably increase the price, but I could get on board. She didn’t have anything else to say. It was about three. That sounds just right to me.

Bottom line: Trader Giotto’s Lobster Ravioli receives 6 of 10 Golden Spoons