Ralph Mazzocchi to compete on Spike TV’s ‘Frankenfood’

Ralph Mazzocchi, the longtime Lancaster chef and owner of Ralph’s, 117 S. West End Ave., will appear on Spike TV’s “Frankenfood,” a new reality show featuring odd culinary creations by competitors trying to win $10,000 and possibly launch “the next food craze,” according to its website.

The first episode airs Sunday, June 22, at 10 p.m.

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Ralph’s When Food Matters!

eatmelancaster.com – By Eat Me! Lancaster

For those of you that have grown up in an Italian family or have been adopted into one you understand when I say “Mangia!” With my family, gatherings aren’t just a hello how do you do, it’s a carnival of food that equals no other food experience….anywhere, ever! Plate after plate of antipasta, cheeses, aged meats, bread, roast pork, sausage, tomato sauce, roasted peppers, olives, soup, salad, cannoli (ricotta, it’s the only true cannoli) pine nut cookies, pizelles, biscotti…and the list goes on. I will not go into the jugs of wine and loaves of bread that is consumed but it is also among epic proportions.

Speaking of epic proportions, I was treated to a lunch at Ralph’s located in the Slaymaker Building on 117 S. West End Ave. The decor has a rustic cafe feel, very casual with indoor and patio seating. It was a chilly rainy day so I sat at a semi circle window seat.

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From carry-out to catering, ‘food matters’ at Ralph’s

lancasteronline.com – 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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