Rastelli’s Review: How Good Is This Local Butcher Turned Online Meat Delivery Service?

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When you stop by the meat section of your local grocery store to pick up what you need for the night’s dinner, there are probably a few things that run through your mind… For instance, where exactly did that meat come from? What’s the quality? And, of course, will it actually taste any good?

Well, the good news is you don’t have to settle for mystery grocery store meats anymore. Rastelli’s is a meat delivery service that provides a variety of cuts of meat (red, pork, poultry, fish, and more) that can be ordered online and shipped right to your door step.

The Rastelli’s brand is one that has been around for a fairly long time. They’re a family butcher business from New Jersey (our home state!) that was founded in 1976 in New Jersey.

Fun fact: Ray Rastelli, Jr., who started the business, noticed the local donut shop had closed. Since it was next to the local deli, he got the idea to start a butcher shop and supply the deli (and the neighborhood) with fresh, quality meats.

Since then, the Rastelli family has grown the business from one small butcher business to an international and online meat empire. It’s possible you may have even seen them on QVC.

They’re known for quality. So much so that they require farmers to sign official affidavits certifying that there are never any antibiotics, steroids, or hormones used when raising their animals.

If you’re interested in finding out if Rastelli’s is right for you and, more importantly, if their meats taste as good as they say, keep reading to find out!

How Rastelli’s Works

Rastelli’s is both a brick and mortar store as well as an online store. But, for this review, we’ll just be focusing on their online meat delivery service.

To get started on their site, you’ll need to first select the plan you’d like to order. There’s more detail on that in the next section, but they do offer options for beef, pork, seafood, chicken, and a mixture of all 4.

One thing to be aware of is all of their service works as a subscription plan or one-time purchase of each box. So there’s no a la carte option where you can fill your box with pre-selected meats. You simply choose the box/plan you’d like to go with and they fill it for you.

If you opt to go with a subscription, you can change or cancel whenever you’d like whether you need to switch it up or want to take a break.

The good news is, you don’t have to sign up for a subscription if you aren’t interested in something long-term. You can place a one-time purchase to try out the service and see how you like it, which is what we did for this review. If you decide it’s something you want to continue receiving, you can move up to a subscription and receive deliveries every one, two, three, four, or six weeks.

Types of Plans They Offer

One thing that makes Rastelli’s stand out among all of the other meat delivery services is the variety of plans they offer. In fact, you just might have a hard time choosing a plan!

As of writing this review, they offer nearly 30 different plans/boxes to choose from.

To give you an idea of what you can expect, a few of the most popular choices include: The Beef Plan, The Chicken & Beef Plan, The Salmon & Shrimp Plan, The Steak Plan, The Chicken & Steak Plan, The Chicken & Shrimp Plan, and The Salmon & Beef Plan. And if you’re searching for organic chicken and grass-fed beef, there are plans for that too.

They also offer a bunch of speciality plans, for example their Burger Box, Tailgate Box, and Keto boxes are the most popular speciality options.

They also have limited edition speciality plans such as their holiday boxes that include Holiday Salmon Roast, a Holiday Turkey Roast, a Holiday Spiral Ham, and even a Holiday Meat & Cheese Crate to whip up some appetizers.

Customizing Your Box With Add-Ons

While they don’t offer a la carte options that allow you to fully customize your box, they do allow you to customize it through “add-ons”. These add-ons are the same varieties that they offer in terms of plans and boxes — chicken, seafood, red meat, pork. However, you can order smaller quantities.

There are currently 36 different add-ons offered. To give you an example of what you can find, here are some of the more popular add-on options: 1 Filet Mignon (8 0z), 4 Faroe Island Salmon Filets, 4 Black Angus Steak Craft Burgers, 2 Sirloin Steaks.

Delivery

Rastelli’s can ship your order to either a residential or business address to make it even easier for you to receive your delivery of meats. But don’t worry because you don’t need to be home in order to get your package. As long as the carrier deems it safe to leave your package, he or she will do so and it’ll be waiting for you when you arrive home.

The team at Rastelli’s fulfills orders every Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday morning before 11 AM Eastern Time. If your order is placed after 11 AM Eastern Time on a Wednesday, it will be shipped out the following Monday. Once your order has shipped, you can expect it to arrive within two to three days. You will receive an email with tracking information so you can keep an eye on your package as it makes its way to you.

Packaging

After you’ve received your order and unpacked all the meat, you might be wondering what you’re supposed to do with all the packaging. Well, the great thing is that much of it is recyclable! That’s definitely a plus.

The box itself and the package insulation can be recycled via your curbside pickup or at your local recycling facility. The bag that your products were packaged in can be reused. It’s actually quite nice — Emily and I have found ourselves using it a lot for transporting cold foods when traveling or in the car.

As there will be dry ice in your box to keep your meats nice and frozen, you’ll want to dispose of it properly. Let it evaporate before throwing out the box. And definitely never touch it with your bare hands.

We ordered our box on a Monday and UPS was supposed to deliver it the next day. However, they must have forgot to load it off the truck that day, so it didn’t end up showing up until Wednesday. I was a bit worried since this is a box of meats that need to be kept frozen to stay fresh. However, the folks over at Rastelli’s did a great job of packaging our box. It was insulated and packed with enough dry ice where everything was still very much frozen even 24 hours after we were supposed to receive it.

Cooking

There are a ton of different varieties of meats for purchase and even more ways to cook each one. So, for our initial review, we decided to stick with cooking up one of their most popular options — the black angus steak.

To cook each cut, we pan seared on a cast iron for a few minutes and then immediately put it in the oven to finish up.

While Emily noted that she may have overcooked it in our initial video review, both steaks actually came out perfectly medium-rare (just how we like it). But, how did they taste?

Taste

No exaggeration, these steaks were absolutely delicious.

Of course, some of this was due to how we cooked them. But, to be fair, we tried to keep the seasoning to a minimum so that we could really taste the true flavor of the steak and these didn’t disappoint.

Each one was perfectly tender, with every bite just as juicy as the next. There was no extra fat or gristle on either steak.

We ended up cooking the chicken breasts later on in the week and they came out delicious as well — very juicy. It is a bit harder to tell a “good” chicken from a “great” chicken as compared to a steak, which has much more natural flavor.

Quality

Based on our experience with Rastelli’s, they value quality. Not only are the quality of their meats top-notch, but the level of care they put into other aspects of the buying experience are high quality too. For example, the high quality insulated bag, the free shipping on all orders, and their pretty incredible money back guarantee.

Pricing

The price of your first Rastelli’s purchase will really be dependent on what you order. Cost is determine based on the products included inside your box, the grade (whether it’s ABF or organic), and the frequency of your deliveries. As you’ll discover, one-time deliveries are just a little bit more expensive than a subscription order, so it’s worth subscribing if you like the service since it’ll save you money.

There are boxes starting at $69, but they can get as expensive as $359, which is what their USDA Prime Steak Plan will cost you. The key is to find the plan that’s right for your needs and determine whether or not it works for your budget based on the quality and what you normally spend on meats.

Pros & Cons

So, what are the benefits of using a meat delivery service like Rastelli’s? Here are a few positives about what they offer:

  • You don’t have to question where your meat is coming from. You can feel confident knowing Rastelli’s has high standards when it comes to the famers they work with. All of their seafood is wild caught and sustainably raised. Plus, all of their beef is antibiotic free, steroid free, and hormone free.
  • There is a ton of variety. They have plenty of options when it comes to meat, whether you’re looking for steak, chicken, seafood, or something else. They’re sure to have what you need for your next dinner.
  • The quality is top-notch. As mentioned above, the entire buying experience (from packaging to taste) was really great.
  • There is a rewards program. If you’re a repeat customer, you can earn points (called “Meal Tickets”) which can be redeemed for things like free foods and discounts.
  • All orders get free shipping. Who wants to pay for shipping these days? The fact that they include it free with every order is a huge plus.

And what about the downsides?

  • While everything is responsibly sourced, that doesn’t mean it’s all organic. If you’re someone who wants their meats to be all organic you’ll want to look elsewhere if their organic options don’t suffice.
  • Unfortunately, there are no a la carte options that allow you to build your own box. To make up for this, they do have a ton of plan varieties and the ability to add-on certain items.

Coupons

Here are the best Rastelli’s coupons to help save you some money on your order…

  • Save $10 on your first purchase with coupon code SAVE10
  • Save 10% on your first purchase with coupon code WELCOME10

Know of any others? Are any of the ones above expired? Feel free to let us know in the comments below and we’ll be sure to update accordingly!

Final Thoughts

If you’re tired of settling for what the grocery store has to offer, why not try something else? We had an awesome experience using Rastelli’s and ended up thoroughly impressed by their meat delivery service.

If you have any questions about Rastelli’s or you want to share your personal experience using them, leave a comment below!

Last Updated on February 7, 2020

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Dan Scalco

As someone who is considered an "average" cook, I have looked far and wide for meal delivery services that will help save me time and money while still ending up with a tasty meal. In my quest, I have tested and reviewed tons of different food delivery services. I am using this site to share all of my findings with you!

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