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 chefsEnoteca 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 , which have foodies from all over the world taking the ferry to the forgotten borough for an authentic taste of ItalyBeautiful 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 saut s 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 soppressataWith 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


10 thoughts on “Nonna's House: Cooking and Reminiscing with the Italian Grandmothers of Enoteca Maria

  1. Wendy Wendy says:

    Nonna s House Cooking and Reminiscing with the Italian Grandmothers of Enoteca Maria by Jody Scaravella is a wonderful cookbook that reads like a novel.Enoteca Maria is an intimate, neighborly restaurant on Staten Island where all the cooking is done by ten nonnas grandmothers using their own family recipes handed down for generations They include homemade pastas, risottos, desserts and muchbeginning with a chapter on the art of preserving everything from olives to cured meats such as Nonna s House Cooking and Reminiscing with the Italian Grandmothers of Enoteca Maria by Jody Scaravella is a wonderful cookbook that reads like a novel.Enoteca Maria is an intimate, neighborly restaurant on Staten Island where all the cooking is done by ten nonnas grandmothers using their own family recipes handed down for generations They include homemade pastas, risottos, desserts and muchbeginning with a chapter on the art of preserving everything from olives to cured meats such as salami.There are many color pictures showing the mouth watering dishes with instructions that are simple and easy to follow.The nonnas heartfelt, cherished memories depict their many struggles of years ago demonstrating the importance of love and family.I highly recommend adding Nonna s House to your library not only as a cookbook but as a delightful story


  2. Michelle Michelle says:

    Nonna s House is not just only a cookbook filled with delizioso recipes but its filled with stories from Italians families that makes you understand the love of a family and their special family recipes Nonna s House incorporates the love of food and the importance of family This book is filled with so much heart, charm, history and love that you can t help but feel part of the women that took part in Nonna s House I love getting glimpse of a family s past and at the same time, this book real Nonna s House is not just only a cookbook filled with delizioso recipes but its filled with stories from Italians families that makes you understand the love of a family and their special family recipes Nonna s House incorporates the love of food and the importance of family This book is filled with so much heart, charm, history and love that you can t help but feel part of the women that took part in Nonna s House I love getting glimpse of a family s past and at the same time, this book really highlights that food tastes better when you eat with family So be prepared to be charmed with an Italian family s past and a book filled with yummy recipes that your family will love as well As for the recipes, the step by step instructions were easy to follow and simple for any novice person using this book


  3. Lorraine Lorraine says:

    Stars The truth is, I didn t test one recipe from this cookbook so you may be wondering why the Stars THE STORIES The stories from each of the Nonnas are fabulous, and are a worthy read in themselves The recipes DO look awesome and I do intend to try some out at a later date But even for you who don t cook, this may be the only cookbook you ever want to get


  4. Jillyn Jillyn says:

    I was led to this book thanks to a mutual love that my girlfriend and I have for Italian cooking I m of mostly Polish heritage while she is German, so we have no Italian grandmothers to pump us full of homemade pastas and decedent desserts So, I got a book that specialized in just that void that we have, and I was not disappointed This is a gorgeous and heartfelt book.It s clear that this book, and the restaurant that influenced it, is a labor of love The beginning starts with a story of how I was led to this book thanks to a mutual love that my girlfriend and I have for Italian cooking I m of mostly Polish heritage while she is German, so we have no Italian grandmothers to pump us full of homemade pastas and decedent desserts So, I got a book that specialized in just that void that we have, and I was not disappointed This is a gorgeous and heartfelt book.It s clear that this book, and the restaurant that influenced it, is a labor of love The beginning starts with a story of how it all began, and each recipe section hasanecdotes and stories about the families that make it feel personal, like someone s grandmother is actually handing you a memory that s been cherished for generations It s clear that they love each other and love food from the stories told and the recipes that are included There are also plenty of family pictures, making it a bit like a diary or foodie scrapbook I like it The pictures of the food are awesome too, they definitely make me want to try all of the things and I will eventually, believe you me The recipes in this book are sorted by course, with an added section for special holiday recipes I really liked the variety of the recipes that are included, spanning from cold apps to desserts and everything in between Vegetarian friends there s also plenty of options for you in here, or recipes that can be adapted I appreciated that there were also tips on how to change the recipes based on personal tastes and ingredient availability, as well as how some recipes may differ a bit depending on what part of Italy the person is from I want to make probably 95% of the recipes in this collection, but the ones that have me the most intrigued include Chocolate Blood Pudding, Linguine with Cuttlefish and Its Ink, and My Prize Winning Meat and Three Cheese Lasagna with Eggplant, Asparagus, and Peas.I recommend this book to any home cook who loves and appreciates good food steeped in tradition, or even just Italian food I was provided a copy from Atria Books in exchange for my honest review This review can also be found on my blog, Bitches n Prose


  5. Rebecca Rebecca says:

    Loved the stories as an historian it added so much to the book Cannot wait to try the recipes


  6. Italo Italophiles Italo Italophiles says:

    The subtitle of this book explains what it is Cooking and Reminiscing with the Italian Grandmothers of Enoteca Maria Don t know this New York restaurant 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 There are apartments and houses to rent in Italy that include the services The subtitle of this book explains what it is Cooking and Reminiscing with the Italian Grandmothers of Enoteca Maria Don t know this New York restaurant 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 There are apartments and houses to rent in Italy that include the services of an Italian grandmother to cook your meals The restaurateur was seemingly not inspired by that to create his restaurant He explains in the book how it came about He was looking for authenticity, to preserve vanishing traditions The Italian grandmothers come from diverse Italian regions, and their local specialties are respected, as can be seen in the mix of recipes in this cookbook memoirs The restaurant aims to feel the primal connection between food and family, so the recipes are original family fare I have to say that I found the memoirs parts of the bookinteresting than the recipes There are hundreds thousands of Italian cookbooks in print, each with sections mirroring this cookbook s from appetizers to desserts But life stories of Italian grandmothers are a rarer read That is what we get in most of the memoirs sections about the grandmothers who cook at Enoteca Maria named for the restaurateur s grandmother , life stories of real personalities, real people.Most fascinating to me is how moving to America freed these women from stifling Italian convention They all express joy in being able to follow their culinary instincts to experiment with timeworn recipes They take advantage of time saving kitchen equipment They improvise with seasonal ingredients They cook for pleasure, as a creative outlet On top of all that, they recognize the liberation they enjoy in America, the freedom to earn a living, to divorce, to bring up their children as they see fit, to socialize and to embrace the excitement of living near New York City And all of the grandmothers, most of whom have had very difficult childhoods, embrace the convenience of American living.I read a review copy.Please visit my full and illustrated review at Italophile Book Reviews.http italophilebookreviews.blogspot


  7. Megan Megan says:

    I ll just start by saying that this cookbook made me wish that I d grown up Italian With a Nonna and all of her own old world views and cooking techniques.To me, this book was an awesome combination of memoir and recipe collection that focused on the history behind methods, recipes and techniques for each of these women.The cuisine mostly Northern Italian was new to me and explored ingredients that I don t always associate with my highly Americanized pasta palate.This book had me hooked and I I ll just start by saying that this cookbook made me wish that I d grown up Italian With a Nonna and all of her own old world views and cooking techniques.To me, this book was an awesome combination of memoir and recipe collection that focused on the history behind methods, recipes and techniques for each of these women.The cuisine mostly Northern Italian was new to me and explored ingredients that I don t always associate with my highly Americanized pasta palate.This book had me hooked and I read it cover to cover with no intention of cooking the recipes at the time, which is rare for me I ll usually read parts of a cookbook as I try a recipe from it here and there But in Nonna s House, I wanted to read all of their stories and see how the food shaped their lives Like I said, I read it cover to cover without meaning to.This is a rare example of a cookbook where the writing shines as brightly as the recipes


  8. Linda Linda says:

    This is not your usual Italian cookbook, it s hard core and shows you in the old country, they used every part of the animal in cooking, baking and preserving.Jody Scaravella lost most of his family including parents and grandparents over a short amount of time His way to honor them and to channel his grief was to open an Italian restaurant He didn t staff it with traditional chefs, he placed an ad in an Italian language NYC newspaper looking for nonnas That s Italian for grandmother and the This is not your usual Italian cookbook, it s hard core and shows you in the old country, they used every part of the animal in cooking, baking and preserving.Jody Scaravella lost most of his family including parents and grandparents over a short amount of time His way to honor them and to channel his grief was to open an Italian restaurant He didn t staff it with traditional chefs, he placed an ad in an Italian language NYC newspaper looking for nonnas That s Italian for grandmother and the resulting turn out was amazing as is the success of Enoteca Maria, the place named for his mother.Not just recipes but the stories of the nonnas will enthrall you


  9. Rita Hernandez Rita Hernandez says:

    This was muchthan just a cookbook It is a filled with wonderful recipes and memories that will make you wish you grew up in an big Italian family I love that the history behind the methods, recipes, and techniques for each of the women is shared It makes you feel like you are a part of the family The food is mostly Northern Italy and if you are like me growing up with the Americanized version of Italian food then you are in for the treat of your life So grab your family, gather around This was muchthan just a cookbook It is a filled with wonderful recipes and memories that will make you wish you grew up in an big Italian family I love that the history behind the methods, recipes, and techniques for each of the women is shared It makes you feel like you are a part of the family The food is mostly Northern Italy and if you are like me growing up with the Americanized version of Italian food then you are in for the treat of your life So grab your family, gather around the table, and get ready to enjoy some of the most mouth watering food ever I received an ARC copy of the book from NetGalley in exchange for my honest review


  10. Julie Julie says:

    This is my kind of cook book as in, yes there are recipes, yes there are great photos, and YES stories some of the sweetest stories of Italian women who ended up cooking at Nonna s House in Staten Island and how they got there Looking forward to trying the Minestrone northern style with beets