Erminia Motika Passed Away, NIAF Sends Condolences to Daughter Lidia Bastianich and Family

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The National Italian American Foundation (NIAF) sent its condolences to the family of Erminia Motika who passed away at the age of 100 on February 14. Motika was the mother of Emmy Award-winning television host, author, and restaurateur Lidia Bastianich.

“We are deeply saddened to hear of Erminia Motika’s passing,” said NIAF Chairman The Honorable Patricia de Stacy Harrison. “Together with her daughter, Lidia, Erminia brought the love and joy of family and food—the pillars of the Italian American experience—to the homes of millions. She will be missed by her family and millions of people throughout the world.” Motika, affectionately known as “Grandma” to fans, was on many of Bastianich’s cooking shows throughout Bastianich’s successful career, including her latest “Eating in with Lidia” PBS special which has responded to the challenges presented by the Covid-19 pandemic.

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