Paolo’s Ravioli Deli closing

Santa Rosa family deli will shutter in December

Well-known Fourth Street deli, Paolo’s, will shutter in December. The family will maintain their second cafe inside the Redwood Credit Union. Here’s a note from the family….


“I’m writing to you all today in order to inform you of some sad but hopeful news. On December 1st 2010, Paolo’s Ravioli Deli and Café on 1422 4th Street will close their doors for good. Paul and Cookie Schaffer opened their Café on May 1st 1983 and have endured all the ups and downs that the restaurant business provided. With Age and poor economic times this difficult family decision was made.
In May of 1983, Paul and Cookie began a dream of owning their own business in beautiful Santa Rosa. They honestly never thought they’d still be in business 27 years later; let alone have two locations. All they really wanted was to provide for their three kids while enjoying the benefits that Sonoma County had to offer. The idea that Paolo’s Ravioli Deli and Café would become such a staple has been a wonderful surprise. The food, the personalities, but most important you people have kept Paolo’s Ravioli Deli alive and such a success all these years.
But, all is not over! These years allowed Paul and Cookie to open a second Café located within the Redwood Credit Unions Corporate Facility on 3033 Cleveland Ave. They will be joining me in an effort to bring the Cleveland Deli to the success 4th street has been.
Paul, Cookie, Denise, Courtney and I really want to thank every person who has become a part of our family throughout these 27 beautiful years. We hope that even though 4th street will be closed, you’ll find your way over to the Deli on Cleveland to see us. We promise, the food, the personalities and the love will remain very much open, that’s the real reason why Paolo’s Ravioli Deli has been a success all these years and will continue to!
Paulie Schaffer