Best Italian Restaurants in New York

Enoteca Maria is easily accessible just a few blocks from the Staten Island Ferry, and we’re not the only ones who believe it’s worth the trip, and not just because of the view of the Statue of Liberty from the boat. This St. George neighborhood establishment is known for a rotating list of cooking matriarchs — as the website, Nonnas of the World, puts it. The concept started as a way to present iconic regional dishes, such as Neapolitan or Sicilian dishes. But today, more than 100 grandmothers shared the cuisine of countries such as Syria, Greece, Belarus, Turkey and Pakistan.

The goal is to share and celebrate cultures around the world and preserve the culinary traditions held by these experienced home chefs. According to the night, the Entoeca Maria menu could feature a Napoli-inspired dish prepared by Nonna Adelina, alongside a Japanese specialty of zucchini dengaku from Nonna Yumi and tender Turkish rabbit from Nonna Fatma.

New York Daily News says Nonna Adelina’s homemade pasta is great for an Italian-inspired restaurant, writing, “I’m still dreaming of her deliciously al dente ravioli… bathed in a thick peach-colored blush sauce and stuffed with rich nutmeg ricotta.” You won’t be disappointed either by the all-Italian wine list, filled with obscure varietals and of regional favorites This Staten Island restaurant may be a little unorthodox, but you’re unlikely to regret betting on one of these grandmothers’ cooking skills.

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