The Never-Ending Italian Feast, Made by Grandma

Posted on July 16, 2010. Filed under: Bike Journeys in Queens, Italian, Off the beaten path, Wine Tasting |

This week I cycled into the other 718- Staten Island. My dining companion and I hopped on our bikes and pedaled down to Battery Park to catch the free ferry. Our destination- Enoteca Maria, a small Italian restaurant a few blocks from the ferry terminal. It’s difficult to pin-down the menu at this place because there is a different chef every night. While other restaurants tout celebrity cooks, Enoteca Maria introduces a different guest chef every night- an Italian Grandma, who will cook for you from Wednesday through Sunday. Each Granny creates a unique menu for that particular evening, preparing dishes from her home town in Italy (step aside marshmallow yams, and get ready for some serious meatballs!)  For an unparalleled Italian feast, sit back, relax and let Grandma do the cooking.  The guest chef this evening was Maria from Palermo, Sicily cooking her special spuntino menu. We decided to try several of the small plates, each one was as unbelievably delicious as the next. Here is what we ate from Grandma’s special menu:

Fiore de Zucchina: zucchini flowers stuffed with rice, blueberries and ricotta; Caponatina Siciliana: eggplant salad with capers, olives and celery. Other items on our plates included meatballs in marinara, lemon lamb chops, and celery seafood salad. We washed it all down with a home made fruit infused red wine and ended the evening with a torta di nutella, a nutella version of tiramisu. This was by far one of the best meals I have ever eaten in my life (sorry Grandma). Although the ever changing cast of Grannies will make each experience special, there is a standard menu to choose from as well. Upon finishing our meal, we felt compelled to give thanks to Grandma Maria for all her hard work. We introduced ourselves and shook her hand as she quickly rattled off some things in Italian (most of which we did not understand) and handed each of us a slice of her special Palermo pizza. We stuffed the pizza into our already full bellies. It wouldn’t be a true Italian feast if we didn’t eat more than humanly possible. And we did.

Check out their website for the daily grandma, regional menu and wine specials.

Enoteca Maria 27 Hyatt Street, Staten Island, New York 10301 (718) 447-2777 Open Wed-Sun 3pm onward…

seafood salad

zuchinni flower stuffed with ricotta and blueberries with a side a fruit infused red wine

rosemary lemon lamb chops

nutella tart

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4 Responses to “The Never-Ending Italian Feast, Made by Grandma”

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Enoteca Maria is my favorite neighborhood restaurant (yes, I live nearby)! Every time I go I enjoy everything I eat!

Yes… a nutella tart! Everything about this place was delicious. I highly recommend it!

Nutella tart?????!!!!! Wow, you must have died and gone to heaven-granny was your God. Definitely want to check out this restaurant, sounds homey.

Good find!


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