To Grandmother’s Pasta Bar We Go

Nonna Dora (Image: Facebook)

“Nonna or not, we all deserve great noodles in our lives.” So says 87-year-old Addolorata Marzovilla, better known to her many admirers as Nonna Dora. According to the bio at her website, Grandma Dora has been making pasta for 70 years, the past 27 of them at her son Nicola’s restaurant, I Trulli. But when the restaurant closed in February, the latest victim of the pandemic, Nonna Dora, aka “the pasta machine,” needed a new outlet for her noodles. Two weeks ago, that need was answered by the opening of Nonna Dora’s Pasta Bar, where Granny can still be found rolling out and shaping her farinaceous creations. Pasta selections, most of which sell for $28, include pappardelle in a wild boar ragu, a rib-sticking lasagna with meat sauce and bechamel, and malloreddus — saffron-perfumed gnocchi sardi with sausage and tomato. Nonna Dora’s is also available for private parties of 12 or less, takeout, and virtual pasta-making classes.

Nonna Dora’s Pasta Bar, 606 Second Avenue (bet. 33rd and 34th Sts.).