Staten Island’s Grandma Chefs

Scaravella got his first recruits by placing an ad in an Italian newspaper seeking “Italian housewives to cook regional dishes,” but over time, his roster has grown by references and word of mouth. “I talked to everybody when somebody gets in, we talk about the concept, I always ask them if you know somebody who wants to cook,” he said. “The concept has just mushroomed.” Though some nonnas are Staten Islanders, most come from Brooklyn, with some traveling from as far as New Jersey and The Bronx to cook at the restaurant.

While the nonnas are the big draw, the restaurant also employs one male “nonno,” Giuseppe Freya from Calabria, who makes all the pasta. “He makes the raviolis, he makes the ricotta gnocchi, he makes tagliatelle, he makes the pasta sheets for our lasagna,” Scaravella explained. “He’s fantastic.”

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Business Spotlight: Cookie Jar

2015-08-03_13-44-08The Cake Chef Cookie Jar is located at 1226 Forest Avenue in Staten Island’s North ShoreThe shop currently has 150 plus different cookies on a daily basis. Each one different from the rest! They also offer eight different delicious varieties of cupcakes.

This is not your typical area bakery that makes one cookie recipe and then uses different color sprinkles and different shapes to add variety. Each recipe is developed and modified by the Master Baker Cake chef and tweaked to perfection or at the very least a very satisfying bite.

Business Motto: After all…if it ain’t worth the calories…Why would you eat it????

Open 7 days a week.  Open ALL holidays! Extended holiday hours.

They also ship all over the globe. Check out the store online at

Staten Island’s Fresh Food at its Finest


Farmigo? It’s no secret that SI FYI is always looking for great food, so we were delighted to discover that Farmigo has a location in the St. George section of Staten Island. Food coops aren’t new but Farmigo is fast becoming the most popular in town.

By creating farm-to-neighborhood access to fresh food, this small startup hopes to give people access to fresh food and benefit local farmers at the same time. Their goal is to bring the best fresh fruits, vegetables, meats, and artisanal products from local growers and producers directly to you table.

Here’s how it works … You can join a group or start one in your neighborhood. Pick-up days depend on the location you choose to participate in.  Orders are processed online and you pick-up your food on your group’s designated day. Easy-peasy!

Catagories include Fruits & Veggies, Daily & Eggs, Meats & Seafood, Bread & Sweets, and Pantry & Snacks. The platform is easy to use on your phone, tablet, or desktop.

Farmigo is proud to be a certified B Corporation, a new kind of company that uses the power of business to solve social and environmental problems.

Give it a try! Just choose create a login or use FaceBook and choose your neighborhood.

Staten Island Location

St. George Staten Island – 76 Bay St. (2nd Floor), Staten Island. Pick-up on Wednesdays from 6-8pm

Sweetening up Staten Island’s Bay Street


The new Uncle Louie G on Bay Street offers 64 different flavors of ice-cream and Italian ices.

via Hack

STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. — Feel Like a Kid Again, the new Uncle Louie G’s ice-cream shop on Bay Street, has got to be doing a bang-up business these days, as summer has swung into high gear.

The franchisee is John Basciano of Great Kills who looked around at the changes that appear to be in the works for St. George and Stapleton, and decided that Bay Street needed more diversity. Not in terms of ethnicity, but in terms of retail and food options.

“The neighborhood needed a bit of gentrification and specialty shops,” said Basciano. “Everything in that neighborhood is delis, delis, delis.”

Basciano is joining a growing group of entrepreneurs who are taking a chance that people who live and work nearby — in communities like St. George, Tompkinsville and, of course, Stapleton — are looking for different shopping and quick-stop options other than gas station mini-marts and drugstores.

A Key Food recently opened on the corner of Victory Boulevard and Bay Street in Tompkinsville, giving locals a full-service grocery; a liquor store has opened across from Tompkins Park in Tompkinsville, and not too far away, in St. George, Honor Wines is making a go at offering more unusual selections.

Basciano said he can envision a “mini-Hoboken,” if the trend gains steam — which he is hoping it will as The Wheel and a designer outlet shopping mall go in, as promised, and as the Ironstate development of apartments proceeds apace at the former Navy Homeport.


Stuffed artichoke hearts, a house specialty of Staten Island’s Montalbano’s

via Virgina N. Sherry/Staten Island Advance

STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. — ROSEBANK — Montalbano’s of Rosebank knows how to tempt Imagecustomers at the family-owned store’s checkout counter: They present large platters of home-made Italian specialties right in your face.

Diminutive artichoke hearts, stuffed with a combination of sun-dried tomatoes and imported Provolone cheese, blended into a creamy filling, are standout appetizers, guaranteed to impress ($10.99 a pound).

“These are wonderful!” enthused Shore Acres resident Ruth Soren, after she was offered a complimentary taste recently. She immediately placed an order.

The popular appetizer, made on the premises, is the culinary invention of Pat Parrelli, and his brothers, Cosmo Jr. and Vincenzo, whose family has owned and operated the Italian food specialty store since 2001.


SI EATS! South Fin Grill Restaurant

South Fin Grill says: “South Fin Grill offers delectable seafood with a view! Spectacular ocean front views of the Verazano Bridge and the entrance to New York Harbor. Watch sailboats and cruise ships glide through the harbor. South Fin Grill promises to be the premiere Seafood Restaurant in Staten Island. With breathtaking views and elegant surroundings, you can have an intimate dinner for two, or throw a wonderful party of up to 125 people. We have a sushi and a raw bar as well.”



300 Father Capodanno Blvd
Staten Island, NY 10305
Staten Island
Price: $31 to $50