From carry-out to catering, ‘food matters’ at Ralph’s – By Stephen Kopfinger

When it comes to his latest culinary endeavor, Ralph Mazzocchi says this is his last venture.

“After this, I become a welder,” states the longtime Lancaster chef, who, with business partner Joe Volpone, opened Ralph’s last August.

Mazzocchi, who helmed such local restaurants as Gallo Rosso on North Queen Street and Mazzi Designed Dining in Leola, might have to put off that dream of welding for a while. Along with Volpone, he’s keeping busy offering sit-down and take-away fare in a space that’s part of the old Slaymaker lock-making building on West End Avenue.

“All I want to do is cook, and that’s all I want to do,” sums up Mazzocchi, who is happier being in a kitchen than behind a management desk, which was a big part of his life as a former restaurateur.

“You know what? I’m getting to cook!” he says with amped-up enthusiasm.

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