Opened in September, Maria Restaurant is a home away from home for the owners, brothers Peter and Giovanni Cucullo. Owners of Pop’s Espresso Bar and Fratelli Pizza on the same block, they jumped at the opportunity when the corner location became available.
Named in honor of their mother, Maria, the Cucullos offer classic Italian comfort dishes with a modern twist. The lunch and dinner menus change daily; items may include charred octopus with fingerling potatoes, capers, pickled celery and Pimenton or warm burrata toast with charred tomatoes, pistachios and aged balsamic. Permanent fixtures on the menu include signature dishes like Mom’s Meatballs, Real Deal Baked Clams and Sunday Sauce.
The restaurant is housed in a rustic-modern industrial space, with exposed brick walls, oversized chandeliers, accented by blue banquettes and momentos from Maria Cucullo’s kitchen. The family photos that cover the walls, make for a warm and inviting dining atmosphere.
11 Huguenot St, New Rochelle
(914) 636-0006; marianewrochelle.com