NYC Restaurant Employs Grandmothers Instead Of Trained Chefs
Grandmas are sharing their culinary culture at Enoteca Maria with traditional meals for guests
Staten Island-based restaurant Enoteca Maria knows that grandma’s cooking is unparalleled, which is why its kitchen is staffed by nonnas hailing from Poland, Liberia, Syria, the Dominican Republic and others. While the NYC restaurant is known for its traditional Italian cooking, it also offers a second menu from a different grandma (and her country’s dishes) each night.
Inspired by his own nonna’s cooking and her heritage, owner Jody Scaravella opened Enoteca Maria in 2007 with the hope of sharing Italian grandmothers’ culinary and cultural traditions. The restaurant’s more diverse food expeditions began in 2011, when Scaravella created the Nonnas of the World, a crowd-sourced recipe book that allows users to upload their grandmothers’ recipes and stories.