Camp Washington's Sacred Heart Church Hosts its Cult Favorite Fall Ravioli Dinner in October

Be prepared to wait in line

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Looks like these guys are stirring vats of sauce

Sacred Heart Church in Camp Washington has been hosting ravioli dinners twice a year for more than a century (108 years to be exact). And when we say ravioli dinners, we mean like home-cooked, old-fashioned, Italian-recipe ravioli dinners made by actual Italians and parishioners from Northern Italian recipes brought to Cincinnati from the Old Country. 

If you don't know, now you know. The line to grab one of the dinners typically stretches around the block; take-out starts at 10 a.m. and sit-down dinner begins at noon. The meal generally includes some type of cheese and spinach ravioli, meatballs and sauce — again, all handmade, from scratch, in the parish kitchen, probably helped along by someone's nonna.

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Inside the ravioli dinner

The Facebook event page says more details are forthcoming, but for a cult-favorite bi-yearly event that's been around for more than 100 years, you don't need too many more. Just be aware that food does run out (typically around 4 or 5 p.m.) so you want to get there early and bring cash. Meals are typically $12 for adults and $5 for kids.

The Catholic parish (which is also home to the lodge meeting/mass of the Cincinnati branch of the Order of the Sons & Daughters of Italy in America and their assorted wine tastings and dinners) has mass at 9 a.m. on Sunday if you feel like being a really good Italian Catholic before you wait for your ravioli. 

10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 20. Sacred Heart Church, 2733 Massachusetts Ave., Camp Washington. 

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