A quest to find restaurants with matriarchs in charge has stops in Sicily, New Orleans and London

a quest to find restaurants with matriarchs in charge has stops in sicily new orleans and london

Inspired by my Greek granny’s delicious recipes, I set out four years ago with my friend and fellow cook Iska Lupton to write Grand Dishes, a book of recipes and stories collected from grandmothers around the world. 

And we can now reveal some of the best foodie spots that have truly great grandmothers at the helm – keeping alive traditional local recipes that need to be tasted to be believed. 

Enchanting: Rocca delle Tre Contrade, Sicily, where Nonna Dora runs the kitchen

To really appreciate Sicilian food, take the whole family to stay at this enchanting villa in a lemon grove, where you can meet Nonna Dora, who commands the kitchen. Try her aubergine caponata – a sweet-sour Sicilian classic served atop a crisp bruschetta that sings of summer.

Check in: £17,000 for one week for 24 guests (trecontrade.com). 

Take the ferry to Staten Island to this well-loved local which boasts a kitchen manned only by grannies. Maral’s Azerbaijani Three Sisters dish is a standout – oven-baked peppers and aubergines filled with aromatic spiced lamb (enotecamaria.com).

Check in: Ace Hotel, £160 per room per night (acehotel…

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