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It takes a mother - or, in the case of Tazza, a bakery and wine bar that opened in Brooklyn Heights in October, two moms - to know what a mother needs.

Jodi Ghorchian and Nancy Viglione, who reside in the neighborhood, looked for a place where they could sit comfortably with their toddlers and eat a good sandwich, enjoy a decent cup of coffee or even sip a glass of wine.

Nothing fit the bill. So Tazza, which means "cup" in Italian, was born.

The two gutted the former Cafe Del Mar space on Henry Street, turning it into the "warm, modern yet rustic, bright and airy" space, says Ghorchian, that the immediate surroundings lacked. Ghorchian and Viglione painted the room soft tones of cream, pale yellow and blue and laid the floor with ivory tiles.

Now, neighbors sit along the long copper bar, sipping wine from the international wine list. (Ten wines are available by the glass.) Parents and their kids fill the copper tables, sharing house-made panini or baked goods - such as the muffins at left - from popular purveyors like Park Slope’s Two Little Red Hens and Manhattan’s Little Pie Company, Balthazar Bakery and Sullivan Street Bakery.

In the spring, the duo plans to open the eatery’s wall-to-wall French doors and set up tables on the sidewalk.

"People say the place is very European," says Ghorchian. "Mothers seem to like it."

Tazza Bakery and Enoteca (311 Henry St. at Atlantic Avenue in Brooklyn Heights) accepts MasterCard and Visa. Panini: $3.95-$7.95; baked goods: .45-$4.25. The bakery is open 7 am to 10 pm daily. For more information, call (718) 243-0487.

Updated 4:00 pm, November 10, 2010
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