Erminia Motika was famously known for being the mother of celebrity chef, Lidia Bastianich. The American-Italian popular TV personality passed away on February 14, 2021, on Sunday.
Erminia Motika - Mother of Lidia Bastianich
Erminia Motika was born in Pola, Italy on January 23, 1921, to parents Giovanni and Rosa (Smilovich) Pavichievaz. Erminia grew up in Italy before moving to the States. And, growing up, she became an elementary school teacher. As for her marriage, Erminia married Victor Motika on September 21, 1941, at Our Lady of Mercy in Pola. Her husband passed away on October 2, 1980.
Family of Erminia Motika. SOURCE: Pinterest
Erminia Matticchio grew popular as the mother of celebrity chef, Lidia Bastianich. Erminia also had a son named Franco Motika alongside Lidia. Lidia’s mother died peacefully at her New York home at the age of 100 years old in February 2021.
Erminia's Net Worth
Erminia Motika along with her husband started their own business ventures together. And, their ethics inspired their daughter Lidia to become an Italian-American celebrity chef, television host, author, and restaurateur who is famous for her show, Lidia's Kitchen.
In addition, Erminia's daughter who specializes in Italian cuisine bags a net worth of $16 million. Lidia has established her own shows, including "Lidia's Italy" (2007-2010), "Lidia Celebrates America" (2011-2018), and "Lidia's Kitchen" (2013-2020).
Not to mention, Lidia who wrote several cookbooks also owns several Italian restaurants across the U.S., including Manhattan's Becco and Del Posto. Erminia's grandchildren Tanya and Joe are her business partners of Lidia. Undoubtedly, Erminia lived a peaceful and content life with her family.
Erminia Motika: Quick Facts
- Her nickname is Nonna Mima.
- Predeceased by her granddaughter, Christina Motika, in 1976; and her sister, Lidia Fonio, in 2001.
- Owned several Italian restaurants in the U.S.
- Fluently spoke Italian.
- Former mother-in-law of Joe Bastianich.
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