The restaurant where grandmas dish up the world

Every day, I read what journalists around the world are reporting about grandparents and their families. Here are some stories that gripped me recently.

Inside the NYC restaurant where grandmothers cook the food of their homelands

At Enoteca Maria on Staten Island, the menu changes daily, and so do the chefs: they are grandmothers from all over the world.

“The original idea was grandmothers from Italy because I’m Italian and it was a patch on all the matriarchal figures that I lost in my life,” says Jody Scaravella, who opened the restaurant in 2007. “But about eight years ago we decided to feature every culture and every grandmother.”

Scaravella employs a rotating cast of two “nonnas” per day who collaborate to create a unique menu. In the past few weeks alone, he has welcomed grandmas from Italy, Brazil, Greece, Peru, Ukraine, Russia, Armenia, Algeria, and Bulgaria.

“I love the nonnas,” says Suzie Ziegler, a San Francisco native who first came to Enoteca Maria as a customer and is now a part-time waitress. The gig, she says, “fulfills that part of my life that I miss being so far away from my home.”

Good Morning America • April 26, 2018

He’s No Longer My Ex-Husband, He’s My Co-Grandparent

After they divorced, Jennifer Taitz’s parents couldn’t stand one another. Then they became “co-grandparents.”

The New York Times • April 13, 2018

The heart opens up in ways you can’t imagine, especially when a grandchild arrives

The wonders of the first week of grandmotherhood.

The News & Observer • March 25, 2018