The Brooklyn Paper
Share on TwitterTweet
Share on Facebook

Don’t miss our updates:

Rosemarie Motta doesn’t want to brag, but she makes a "killer carrot cake."

Her desserts come out of Grandma Motta’s Italian Kitchen, whenever Rosemarie and her sister-in-law, Catherine Motta, have a moment to bake. (Rosemarie says Catherine "makes cookies to die for.") The rest of the time, they’re dishing up traditional Italian fare to take-out; heat and serve; or if one of the 12 seats is unoccupied, eat in-house.

The Kitchen, which opened in March and is owned by Rosemarie’s brother Joseph Motta, has been drawing a crowd of meatball aficionados.

"First one person came in and ordered a couple of meatballs. Then someone wanted six. Good meatballs are hard to find, even in [Bay Ridge]," says Rosemarie.

Peek under the restaurant’s burgundy-and-green striped awning, and you’ll see the women filling display cases with trays of eggplant Parmesan, stuffed peppers, baked ziti and roasted chicken.

"It’s the kind of food I enjoyed in my grandmother’s kitchen, and the sort of cooking I prepare for my own family," says Rosemarie, who is pictured beneath a portrait of Grandma (Adele) Motta with Catherine, left. The women will also make anything to order that a customer craves; hero sandwiches are in big demand, so they’ll fill a fresh Italian roll with sausages or chicken Parmesan.

The same goes for the pasta dishes.

"Whatever they want, however they want it, we’ll fix it for them," says Rosemarie. "We try to make everyone happy."

Grandma Motta’s (8407 Third Ave. between 84th and 85th streets in Bay Ridge) accepts American Express, Discover, Diner’s Club, MasterCard and Visa. The restaurant serves lunch and dinner Monday through Saturday. Closed Sundays. Entrees: $6-$12.95. Catering is available. The kitchen will deliver in the immediate area. For information, call (718) 836-2110.

Updated 4:00 pm, November 10, 2010
Today’s news:
Share on TwitterTweet
Share on Facebook

Don’t miss our updates:

Reasonable discourse

Comments closed.

First name
Last name
Your neighborhood
Email address
Daytime phone

Your letter must be signed and include all of the information requested above. (Only your name and neighborhood are published with the letter.) Letters should be as brief as possible; while they may discuss any topic of interest to our readers, priority will be given to letters that relate to stories covered by The Brooklyn Paper.

Letters will be edited at the sole discretion of the editor, may be published in whole or part in any media, and upon publication become the property of The Brooklyn Paper. The earlier in the week you send your letter, the better.

Keep it local!

Stay in touch with your community. Subscribe to our free newsletter: