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This family markets home-grown ravioli

Did you know that there’s a source for world-class ravioli in our neighborhood? Civello’s Raviolismo, located at 1318 N. Peak, offers several exotic ravioli flavors daily.

Co-owned by brother and sister Philip and Chena Civello, who are longtime neighborhood residents, Civello’s has supplied area restaurants with pasta for more than 10 years. Recently, the Civellos began selling their product to the public.

After filling corporate orders, they bag up the leftovers and sell ravioli by the dozen. Each day, customers can look over a list of available flavors.

Offerings range from a Southwestern mix of black beans, goat cheese and jalapenos to a more traditional flavor of ricotta with provolone and romano. Prices are $3-$4 per dozen, depending on the ingredients.

The Civellos began selling to the public when they moved into their Peak Street storefront. Prior to moving to their permanent home, they built their business by working in the kitchens of other restaurants and caterers.

The Civellos say they are interested in giving something back to our neighborhood. They have donated ravioli to a charity auction at St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic School, and they have financially supported the Woodrow Wilson High School spring musical.

“I think the mix of people makes it more interesting to live here,” Chena says.

Civello’s Raviolismo is open 9 a.m.-3 p.m. weekdays and Saturday by appointment (827-2989).

News & Notes

CHAMBER OF COMMERCE SPONSORS SPEAKERS: The Lakewood Chamber of Commerce will present two speakers in the coming months. On July 12, Reverend Jimmie Mobley will talk about the activities and services of the East Dallas Cooperative Parish, a coalition of ten churches that provide much needed volunteer services and aid to East Dallas. On August 9, City Manager John Ware will discuss the reorganization of the City of Dallas’ governmental services. Both engagements begin at noon and take place at the Lakewood Country Club. Call the Chamber office for reservations at 827-8921.

ANDERSON NAMED DISTRICT DIRECTOR: Neighborhood resident Patty Kelley Anderson was installed as the ’94-’95 Director of District 15 for the Business and Professional Women’s Club of Dallas, Inc. She will oversee the 13 clubs in the Dallas area. She served as president of the Dallas chapter in ’91-’92 and was given “The Best of the Best” president’s award. This year, she was awarded Dallas, Inc.’s Woman of the Year. Anderson is the planning and design manager at Omega Studios in Las Colinas.

NEW DOCTORS OFFICE: Doctors Christopher Foster, Jaime Gomez, Kyle Lloyd and James Otto opened a new internal medicine group at the Baylor University Medical Center, 3600 Gaston, Barnett Tower, Suite 303. Office hours are 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday through Friday. For information, 828-2889.

NEW DEVELOPMENT DIRECTOR: Michelle Bordsky was recently appointed development director for Equest. She will be responsible for developing the non-profit organization’s donations, corporate sponsors and community relations. Equest provides therapeutic riding for disabled children and adults.

AWARD WINNING PIECE: Writer Elizabeth Franklin was awarded the Texas Institute of Letter’s O. Henry Award for best magazine journalism of 1993 for “The Quest of A Projects Kid” published in Cincinnati Magazine. The piece was about returning to the projects she grew up in. It also won the Progress of the Human Spirit award, first place in magazine journalism for Women in Communication, the Vivian Castleberry Award for best feature story and a Bronze Quill Award from the International Association of Business Communicators.


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