In attempts to explain innovative and exciting new concepts and products, I usually find myself speaking in contradictions. After all, when you’re part of something special, nobody has set the precedent yet! So when I try to explain the food at Italian market Casa di Trevi, I hope you forgive me when I say that it is as imaginative and creative as it is authentic and traditional. Those characteristics rarely come together, but when I dive into their menu offerings, I hope that you’ll agree that this unique description does them justice.
Have you ever gone to a supermarket deli counter to buy some cheese, only to have them hand you back a wrapped package and explain, “here, we made this today.” I won’t even wait for you to say of course not. Today? You made it all today? You cannot possibly get any fresher than that. I thought that I had tasted freshly made mozzarella until my mom brought home a block of soft mozzarella from Casa di Trevi. Now, I think of all those other mozzarella adventures and realize that each other time I thought I was eating the freshest, I must have been severely lied to. Nothing has ever tasted so smooth and mild.
The same goes for Casa di Trevi’s massive list of homemade pastas and ravioli. They sell frozen versions if you’re looking to stock up, but you can get a huge range of freshly made product at any given time. Fresh, of course, meaning “made today.” Manicotti, tortelloni, cavatelli, and fresh pulled pastas make for an endless range of dinner combinations. Buy them by the pound to ensure your own kitchen is always as stocked up!
The ravioli definitely showcase all of Casa di Trevi’s strengths. They keep it traditional with offerings like cheese, mushroom, broccoli & garlic, and meat ravioli. But they kick up the flavors with their jumbo ravioli versions like gorgonzola & walnut, lobster & cheese, and even a Tex-Mex version (filled with black beans and Monterey Jack cheese).
Meats, homemade sauces, prepared meals, and pizzas are also available. You can pick up all the main components of your dishes to make at home or find microwave-ready meals and pretend to be a master Italian chef.
Since I have personally gone gluten free, I was happiest to see the expansive offerings. The potato gnocchi, cheese ravioli, spinach & cheese ravioli, cheese stuffed shells, rigatoni, linguine, and cheese pizza all come in gluten-free versions.
Of course, I’m not the only one raving about the place. Casa di Trevi has been written up in major local papers, but they even got a glowing review in The New York Times. But you know, The Collabor-eight scopes out the places you’ve simply got to check out.
If you go, Casa di Trevi is located at 534 W. Westfield Avenue in Roselle Park, NJ. Please note that the store is closed on Mondays and closes early on Sundays.