The Concept: Enoteca Maria was conceived by Joe Scaravella and opened in March 2007. The goal was to create an authentic Enoteca on the North Shore of Staten Island similar to those experienced while traveling around Italy.
The Cooks: Each of our cooks represents a different region in Italy. They share a passion for cooking traditional local dishes that have been handed down from mother to daughter, generation after generation. Our food isn’t “like Nonna used to make….” Nonna is making it!
The Menu: The menu changes daily and is created by the cook of the day. Everything is made fresh, from scratch: we do not use a microwave in any of our preparations. As a result, your food may take a bit longer to reach you. Therefore, we invite you to relax with a nice glass of wine, a complimentary sample plate and our homemade focaccia while you wait.
The Wines: The literal translation of Enoteca is “wine library” and ours is an extensive one. We serve only Italian wines, imported from small producers. Joe handpicks all of the wines and we are proud of our changing portfolio. Our wines are offered by the glass or by the bottle: by the glass, prices range from $8 to $60, and bottles range from $24 to $180.
The Music: Our music selection is an eclectic compilation from the past and the present: classical, rock, jazz, world, and everything in between. Sometimes…it gets loud!
Posted on April 14, 2015 - by wervil
Everyone loves meals their “nonnas” (grandmothers) make. In this month’s Read Before Eating podcast, Valerie Smaldone speaks with the man behind the popular Enoteca Maria on Staten Island, New York, where each day different nonnas prepare meals that are specific to their region of Italy. Jody Scaravella brings the stories to life in the book NONNA’S HOUSE: Cooking and Reminiscing with the Italian Grandmothers of Enoteca Maria. Valerie also chats with a couple of the authentic nonnas who preside over the kitchen at the restaurant.