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My View: The Truest Interpretations of La Cucina Italiana – Paola’s

My View: The Truest Interpretations of La Cucina Italiana – Paola’s

Paola’s restaurant is a welcoming home for Italian Cuisine and the classic dishes of Rome on Manhattan’s Upper East Side. Join Maria von Nicolai and her table as she explores Executive Chef Paola Bottero and her son Stefano’s traditional Italian kitchen and the embracing hospitality of their Italian home, Paola’s restaurant.    An icon of the Carnegie Hill Neighborhood, Paola’s serves lunch, dinner, weekend brunch and cocktails at the gracious bar. There is ample room for business lunch meetings inside, or outdoor dining with friends. Benvenuti!  Check out the VIDEO

Maria von Nicolai


Shelia Brog, Avron Brog, Maria von Nicolai, Eda Sorokoff



Stephen studied at the Manhattan School of Music. Besides being a pianist, Stephen’s business career was in the Fashion Industry. He was CEO of a textile manufacturing facility and President of an international textile machinery company. Stephen was on the Board of Directors of the “First All Children’s Theatre” which brought the Stephen Schwartz musical The Trip and Captain Louie to the Kennedy Center in Wash DC. His wife Eda, an interior space designer and classical pianist was on the Board of Barrington Stage Company and is still active at BSC. Stephen’s photographs, videos and articles appear on, and The New York Observer. He is active in the entertainment events at the Friars Club, where he is a member. Stephen is thrilled to be the cabaret/ music and co-theatre editor. email:

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