When talking about nationalities that have made their trace in the cultures from all around the world, Italians are people that can’t go unmentioned. There are countless examples of brave men and women from Italy who have left their country and managed to make something of themselves in faraway lands. One of such families is the Rana family, and here we are going to say something about how one talented young man made his family name famous.
The Rana family had been living in Cologna Veneta, which is a village near the famous Verona, when Giovanni Rana was born in 1937. When they grew up and learned their trades, his brothers opened a charming little bakery in San Giovanni Lupatoto. Since little Giovanni had shown tremendous talent in the kitchen from a very young age, it was only natural for him to ask for a job in his brothers’ shop. It was in 1950 that her started working in their kitchen, and where he finally got the chance to improve his bread-making skills.
Soon after he had learned all the tricks of his trade, Giovanni started getting fascinated by the original techniques shown to him by local women. This lead to his first experiments in making tortellini, which were a huge success. Since he was making such good pasta, it was no trouble for him to sell it by going from door to door on his scooter and offering it to local families.
Giovanni’s love for making pasta eventually lead him to opening his own company. He managed to do it in 1962, only 12 years after getting the chance to work for his brothers. Pastificio Rana was a huge success, which is why Giovanni’s family thought it wise to invest in its expansion. After a while, Giovanni even started experimenting with machinery. He managed to invent a machine that copies the hand movements of skilled pasta makers. Using this to make the production process a lot easier, Giovanni Rana became so successful that in 2012, with the help of his son Gian Luca Rana, he even expanded his business to the United States. Today he owns several factories and restaurants in some of the world’s largest cities, such as The Giovanni Rana Pastificio & Cucina in NY or the Rana Restaurant in Regents Place, London.
Today this empire has held by Gian Luca Rana (nice video of him to watch), who continues the family traditions and still continue to keep an eye that every single production is done according to the best “Made in Italy” standards.