“Advertiser’s Spotlight” on Nonna’s Kitchen
Nonna’s Kitchen, located at 19 Exchange St. in Gorham, offers authentic, “made from scratch” Italian food. They opened their doors for business in April of 2017, and one year later the restaurant was voted the No. 1 Italian Restaurant in New Hampshire by the viewers of WMUR-TV.
The restaurant’s owners, Mike and Ellen Conley, have been in the restaurant business most of their lives. They worked for many family owned restaurants as well as some larger chains before opening their own in Groveland, Mass., in 2008. They opened a second location in 2013 and their son, Micky, joined the business.
Over the years they had visited the White Mountains, and on a trip up north in January of 2016 they visited Gorham and decided to make it their home. Returning from their vacation they put both businesses and their home on the market, sold them, purchased a home in Gorham and moved here in August of 2016.
Taking a walk one afternoon down Exchange Street they saw an open storefront for lease and decided to just take a look at it. Once inside they fell in love with the building. They decided to open an Italian restaurant and name it Nonna's in honor of Ellen's mother. They opened in April of 2017.
Their son Micky would come up on weekends to visit and found it harder and harder to return back to his routine in Massachusetts. It wasn't long before he moved up north, joined his parents in the business, and bought a house in Gorham.
He has worked steadily to learn the business to slowly take it over from his parents. He now runs the "back of the house," doing all of the cooking, along with running the business end of it. His girlfriend, Ariana, has joined the family business as well and runs the front of the house with Ellen.
Their mission is to use the freshest ingredients available to produce authentic homemade Italian food in an atmosphere reminiscent of Nonna's house. The family would like the restaurant to be known as a place where you get delicious homemade Italian food served up by their family in a warm and welcoming atmosphere.
The hours of operation for Nonna’s Kitchen are Wednesday-Sunday, 4-9 p.m., from Mother’s Day until Columbus Day. During the rest of the year, the hours are Wednesday-Saturday, 4-8:30 p.m.