Ravello’s Restaurant celebrates grand opening in north Merced
Ravello’s Restaurant & Bakery opened officially at 3360 N. State Highway 59, Suite H, on Sept. 1, with a festive ribbon-cutting ceremony.
Guests chatted and snacked on appetizers, beverages and home-made chocolate cupcakes with peanut butter frosting.
The restaurant was formerly DiCicco’s Italian Restaurant.
The new owner, 27-year-old Devin DeLeon who was born and raised in Merced, told the Times, “I worked here for seven years. I was the previous manager. The owners retired, and the landlords wanted to lease it to me. I am the only owner. We’re using all family recipes.”
Ravello’s is named after a village on the Amalfi Coast in Italy where DeLeon’s ancestors are from.
Before the ribbon-cutting ceremony, Gary Arzamendi, Merced City Teachers Association Union President and a Sixth Grade Teacher at Stefani Elementary School, who identified himself as a “top customer” and a Christian man, said a prayer for the community to come together and support Ravello’s.
Pastor Robert Morris of Valley Harvest Church blessed the business and prayed for it to prosper.
Devin DeLeon cut the ribbon and those beside her holding it were Katie Bos, the restaurant’s Event Planner, Merced City Councilman Matthew Serratto, and Michelle DeLeon, the owner’s mother.
DeLeon announced, “This means a lot to me. I couldn’t have done it with out Katie and the whole staff, cooking the new recipes. Welcome to Ravello’s.”
During an interview with the Times, Chris Farmer, a food server, said, “We have the same wait staff and same cooks as when it was DiCicco’s. There are a couple of new hosts, but they were in the process of being hired already.”
The restaurant is open to the public Mondays through Thursdays from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m., Fridays from 11 a.m. to 9:30 p.m., Saturdays from 4:30 to 9:30 p.m., and Sundays from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.
The restaurant is available for events and banquets such as baby showers, wedding receptions, holiday parties and birthday parties.
On Sept. 26, Ravello’s will host a fundraiser for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society with wine tastings, raffle prizes and live music featuring Michael Todd.
For more information, those interested can contact the restaurant at 209-384-1801.