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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
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