Posted on March 20, 2015 - by wervil
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This beautiful collection of food and nostalgia features great traditions from the heart of Italy, with delicious recipes and colorful stories from the internationally celebrated grandmothers of Enoteca Maria—a one-of-a-kind Italian restaurant where a rotating cast of nonnas are the star chefs. Enoteca Maria takes great home cooking seriously. At this intimate, hospitable restaurant on Staten Island, all the cooking is done by ten nonnas (grandmothers), drawing on their own family recipes, handed down for generations, which reflect their regional traditions. Here are their delicious homemade pastas, risottos, desserts, and more, which have foodies from all over the world taking the ferry to the forgotten borough for an authentic taste of Italy.
Beautiful full-color photography captures the fresh, distinctive flavors of these surprising dishes. Nonna Cristina shares her beautiful Risotto with Strawberries, Black Pepper, and Parmesan; Nonna Margherita offers delectable Stuffed Peppers with Pine Nuts and Raisins; and Nonna Teresa shows off her prize-winning Meat and Cheese Lasagna. Nonna Elvira whips up her peerless Linguine with Cuttlefish and Ink; Adelina creates a savory Tagliatelle with Pumpkin, Sausage, and Chestnuts; and Rosaria makes handmade Spaghetti alla Chitarra with Cherry Tomatoes and Porcini Mushrooms. Nonna Carmelina shares her classic Potato Pie with Ham, Salami, and Mozzarella; Rosa confides her nonna’s secret recipe for Rabbit with Sage; and Nina sautés Chicken alla Capricciosa, with prosciutto and mushrooms. Nonna Francesca launches the book with advice on the time-honored art of preserving everything from olives to soppressata.
With its utterly delicious tastes of grandmother’s kitchen, Nonna’s House is a legacy of flavors passed down through generations, now captured here forever. Restaurant founder Jody Scaravella says it best: “If I have a choice between a three-star Michelin chef’s restaurant and Grandma’s, I’m going to Grandma’s. I’m going to the source.”
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DAL NOSTRO INVIATO A NEW YORK – Dopo la morte della madre Maria e della nonna Mimma, Joe Scaravella ha avuto una crisi di identità, e per «ritrovare se stesso», ha pensato di seguire le orme «degli immigrati italiani che usarono il cibo per trovare il proprio posto in questa società», spiega in un pomeriggio d’inverno davanti ad un bicchiere di Nero d’Avola.
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No single chef can take credit for the success of this eight year-old, 35-seat eatery, which employs 10 “nonnas”—Italian grandmothers—who all take turns in the kitchen, making the authentic recipes they grew up with.
Awarded a Bib Gourmand mention in the 2015 NYC Michelin Guide, the menu includes homemade pastas and risottos along with the daily specials prepared by the chef of the day.
Not to be missed is the Capuzzelle, half of a sheep’s head stuffed with breadcrumbs, rosemary and garlic then baked in white wine, according to owner Jody Scaravella.
Quella di Jody Scaravella è una storia bellissima. Lui, figlio di italiani ma nato in America, ha aperto a New York un luogo del cuore, uno di quei posti che a prescindere andrebbero segnalati su tutte le guide del mondo.
Something exciting and unexpected is growing on old Pavilion Hill, in Staten Island. Joe Scaravella, proprieter of Enoteca Maria, along with a group of like-minded friends, is developing a biodynamic micro-farm, located on a terraced hillside, a few short blocks from his restaurant. Responding to that same inner drive that inspired him to open the Enoteca, Joe […]
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Tell us about your grandmother! We’d love to read your stories and see your photos of grandma. Does your grandmother have a favorite recipe? What’s that delectable dish she makes (or used to make) for you on Sundays? Is there a special photo of grandma you’d like to show?
We’re open Wednesday through Sunday from 3pm until everyone goes home!
Call (718) 447-2777
Reservations are for 2 Hour Seatings
27 Hyatt Street, Staten Island, New York 10301