No need to venture far on Staten Island for excellent Italian. Enoteca Maria is just blocks from the St. George Terminal and brought to you by Jody Scaravella, whose cookbook Nonna’s House has been earning him (and this tiny gem) much applause. With its Carrara marble and lively vibe, most foodies flock here for a certain authenticity that is rarely sacrificed. Each night, the menu changes depending on which nonna is presiding over the kitchen, as in Nina from Belarus, who might serve a salat Odessa mingling grilled eggplant, red onion, tomato and parsley. Lasagna de Adelina arrives as an inspired layering of zucchini, basil pesto and cream cheese, all topped with parmesan. And for a bit of sweet, try the torta di vaniglia di Melissa served with whipped cream.
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