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Our Story

We’re the Momo brothers and it all started with Teresa Azario Momo, our mother, who was born in Bergamo, Italy, and our father, Raul Momo Marmonti who was born in Chile.

They came to the United States in 1960 and by the mid-1970's, Teresa and Raul opened the very first “Teresa” — an Italian specialty food store. We worked alongside our parents when not in school, learning how to cook in the tradition and heritage of our ancestors. That's where we acquired our passion for fresh food and a dedication to provide warm and welcoming service.

In 1982 our love of food led us back to our roots and we opened “Teresa II”, the first restaurant in the Terra Momo Group.

We continued to create exciting dining experiences spanning cultures: Teresa Caffe, Mediterra, Eno Terra, and now a tapas and wine bar named Albariño.  Our bakery, The Terra Momo Bread Company, supplies the restaurants daily. Whenever possible, our own Canal Farm located in Kingston, NJ provides the restaurants with fresh produce.  

While the flavors and themes vary — from Italian to Spanish to Mediterranean — they all share the Terra Momo vision of quality, creativity and exceptional service.

Each setting has an individual sense of place. You can experience this, in the colors of our custom-designed interiors, the smell of our artisan bread, the taste of locally grown produce, the selection of carefully chosen wines, the sounds of our music, and the care our staff provides, creating a vibrant setting for great memories with family and friends.

The Terra Momo Restaurant Group continues to offer dining experiences with the common theme of earth, food, wine and an enjoyment of life.

Our many doors are open and welcome you.

Eat Local

At the core of our culinary philosophy is a deep appreciation for “taste of place”. All to say, we believe that food should speak eloquently of its provenance — its soil, its climate and the people who nurture it.

We regard the farmers and artisans who produce our food as partners in the creation of a great culinary experience. We forge personal relationships with local family farms and consistently harvest from them, featuring their products.

We educate our staff and customers about the artistry that goes into growing the finest local food. Our chefs go to regional schools to inspire children to eat healthy, we hold cooking demonstrations at the Princeton Public Schools. 

We support community organizations that are important to us, such as the Suppers Programs and LALDEF. We believe that a strong local food system is key to the health of our families, community, economy, and environment.

Drink Global

We select each wine served at a Terra Momo restaurant for its outstanding and unique quality.  

Our selection process is simple: we taste lots of fine wine and pick those that we believe you will enjoy, as wine is about personal enjoyment. The romantic way of putting it is; our wines express a sense of place (terroir), and values. Whether they are everyday wines, special occasion wines, excellent food wines, or wines to be savored by themselves, the same philosophy applies.

"De gustibus no est disputandum" – “There is no arguing with one's taste”; we've learned to appreciate this subtlety, and offer an array of choices to discover.

We can show you the way to your newest favorite wine.

Baking in Pennington

Terra Momo Bread Company is now in Pennington- the location is the old Pennington Hardware Store at 15 W Delaware Ave; Pennington, New Jersey 08534.

We also now operate a booth at the Trenton Farmers Market that provides an array of newly-baked and prepared items from a trusted source-the Terra Momo Bread Company.  Our menu items are made with all-natural ingredients, unbromated flour and no preservatives. We are open every Saturday so come visit us. Follow Terra Momo Bread Company on Facebook & Instagram for updates.