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Anyone who has driven on East Second Street near Roslyn Road has noticed that the Allied Building property has come down. It certainly is different to see that area wide open. With the Roslyn Road railroad grade crossing elimination project ongoing, the look of the area has already begun to change. One casualty of the property is New York Ravioli & Pasta Company, which has moved to another community.
The company, which specializes in a variety of raviolis, cheese and pasta products, had to move since the building it occupied at 161 Second Street will eventually be aken down in favor of a parking facility to provide much needed parking in the downtown area.
Proprietors of New York Ravioli & Pasta Company Paul Moncada and Dave Creo hold no bitter feelings about having to move the company, which has been in Mineola for four years. In fact, for the two pasta entrepreneurs, having the move over with is a relief.
"Everything worked out for itself. We're true believers that everything happens for a reason," said Moncada.
The two friends who knew each other in high school and decided after college to start their own company intend to buy their new location. In Mineola, they were renting the former Kozy Shack property and were destined to move due to the state's plan for the project.
"We can really call it our home now," said Creo.
Moncada and Creo are sad to have left Mineola, but at the same time are looking forward to their new home at 12 South Denton Avenue in New Hyde Park, off Jericho Turnpike.
Although their current headquarters still has some construction left since, as Moncada said, the location is being made into a state-of-the-art facility. However, the company has moved into the location and hasn't missed a beat as far as churning out its specialty ravioli, everything from lobster to butternut squash ravioli. In fact, Moncada and Creo have been expanding their already vast array of products by adding Jolie Ravioli, which are ravioli for kids in the shape of teddy bears, rocket ships and race cars.
The New Hyde Park facility will enable New York Ravioli & Pasta Company to continue to provide customers with a wide variety of products and quality products, which customers have become accustomed to. As Creo said, the variety is a good second step but New York Ravioli & Pasta Company is all about quality.
New York Ravioli & Pasta Company started supplying to local businesses but is now a national supplier as it provides ravioli, pasta products and sauces to restaurants, specialty stores and catering businesses. For those who like to visit the company in Mineola and purchase items, New York Ravioli & Pasta Company will also be opening a storefront to the public at the new facility. The storefront could be open as early as this week.
The Roslyn Road grade crossing elimination project involves the depression under Roslyn Road near Old Country Road underneath the train tracks so that vehicles will no longer have to stop for train crossings. In addition, new parking will be provided on Second Street.