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Melanie Wong | Aug 13, 200109:45 PM     36

With 15 people ahead of me at the deli counter at Genova Delicatessen in Napa, I had plenty of time to examine all the offerings. Instead of the sandwich I'd planned to pick up, I opted for a pint (1#) to go of hot ravioli in meat sauce for $5.95.

Dominic's original ravioli factory in Oakland was the ravioli of choice when I lived in the East Bay ages ago. Tasting these again with the mushroom/meat tomato-based sauce took me back to those student days when this was splurge. The ravioli were surprisingly soft and almost mushy, maybe from waiting too long on the steam table. But the old-fashioned taste hit the spot and was very satisfying. Only wish that I'd bought a piece of garlic bread too which would have been just the thing to dip in that sauce.

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