Restaurant Staffed by Italian Grandmothers to Reveal Secrets in Cookbook

Sep 05, 2014 819

by Nicholas Rizzi

When Jody Scarvella opened his restaurant Enoteca Maria in St. George, he wanted a way to bring Italian home cooking to people who pined for their grandmothers' cooking. The eatery at 27 Hyatt St. hired a different grandma as head chef each night — and got them to cook up specialties from the region of Italy they emigrated from.

"[People] come to the restaurant and that grandma who's cooking for the night becomes everybody's grandmother," Scarvella said. "The restaurant was a way to have all these Italian women cooking and creating that atmosphere."

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