October 2012

Come visit us on Halloween, Wednesday October 31st from 10-3. Come in costume and receive an Italian sweet, while listening to Doctor Frankenhauser play creepy tunes on the piano.

Ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha haaaaaaaaaah…..

We know- it’s not even Halloween. But someone at your business is already thinking about the details of your Holiday Party.  So are we. We have a variety of budget-friendly solutions to cater your event. Try a few platters, like the Deli,  Cheese, and Mediterranean, along with some fresh Salads. Or choose a selection of Sandwiches. You might add some great craft sodas to your order, or some French and Italian wines, or delectable chocolate confections. Whatever you choose, Ratto’s is ready when you are.

Choose your selection of dried and cured meats
Try a gorgeous custom cheese platter


Field Roast Celebration Roast, a delicious, sustainable vegan meat substitute, is now available for your Ratto’s sandwich. We also have gluten free bread, for the gluten sensitive friends out there. Come in and design your own vegan or gluten free custom sandwich!

Ratto’s has excellent quality ingredients for your homemade condiments. Try this aioli with smoked fish or roasted potatoes, or jazz it up with some smoked paprika as a dip.


Serves 4-8
Prep time 10 minutes
Allergy Egg
Dietary Gluten Free, Vegetarian
Meal type Condiment
Misc Child Friendly, Gourmet, Serve Cold
Region Italian
This is a wonderful accompaniment to smoked fish, roasted vegetables, or added to a sandwich


  • 1 Medium egg (room temperature!)
  • 1 clove garlic (smashed)
  • 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1 cup Ratto's Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • Sea salt
  • freshly ground pepper


Do make sure your egg is room temperature!


Step 1
Pulse together the egg, garlic, Dijon, lemon juice, and 1/4 cup olive oil in a food processor
Step 2
Gently pour a thin stream of the remaining olive oil while the machine is running. As it thickens you will hear the sound change
Step 3
Stop machine and check consistency. If too thin, turn machine on and continue to add oll. If too thick, add more lemon juice or water.
Step 4
Season with salt & pepper. Add fresh herbs or spices to jazz it up, if you wish.

This perky dressing can stand up to strong flavors like a raw kale salad. Just wash, chop and massage fresh kale & toss with the dressing. Top with toasted nuts. Alternately, use as a dip for crudites.

Tahini Dijon Dressing

Serves 4-6
Prep time 5 minutes
Allergy Tree Nuts
Dietary Gluten Free, Vegan, Vegetarian
Meal type Condiment
Misc Child Friendly, Gourmet, Pre-preparable, Serve Cold
A perky dressing for many occasions


  • 2 tablespoons Tahini (stirred well)
  • 2 tablespoons Dijon mustard
  • 1 Small shallot (minced)
  • 2 lemons (juiced)
  • 2 tablespoons White Wine vinegar
  • 1/2-3/4 cup Ratto's Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • 1 dash sugar
  • Sea salt
  • freshly ground pepper
  • 1 knob fresh ginger (peeled and chopped (optional))


This can keep up with strong flavors, like a raw kale salad, or use as a dip for crudites


Step 1
Combine all ingredients except oil in a food processor & blend
Step 2
Slowly drizzle in olive oil until blended
Step 3
Adjust salt, pepper and acidity to taste