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    Steve Harvey or Me?

    Who’s prouder of my mamma: Steve Harvey or Me?   You often hear about Moms bragging about their Kids. And you often hear Kids complaining and rolling their eyes about their Moms. Well the older I get, the… Read More

  • Grey & Shandling

      I first met Brad Grey in 1985,  I was 28 when I opened my first Maria’s Italian Kitchen in Sherman Oaks, it was smaller than it is now, seating only 30 people.  He and His wife Jill would meet up… Read More

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    What Does 2273 Mean to You?

    Does the number 2273 mean anything to you on this Memorial Day? It didn’t for me until I drove past the memorial wall on Pacific Avenue in Venice last week. The mural that was painted years ago was something… Read More

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    Mother’s Day in Retrospect

    Is it enough that we take one day out of the year to pay homage to Mothers? And do we really appreciate our Moms early enough in our lives? Or is it when we become Mothers that we… Read More

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    The 8 Hour Braciole

    Braciole is a traditional southern Italian comfort food. There is not another restaurant in Los Angeles who makes this dish.   First you trim, pound and cut tender steak, then smear fresh ground garlic, sprinkle fresh grated parmesan… Read More

  • Stuffed Full

    Maria’s stuffing mix and cranberry recipe is sure to make your Thanksgiving feast the best! Our homemade stuffing mix is available during the Thanksgiving holiday season in all stores and is equivalent to 3 boxes of store stuffing…. Read More

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    Buffet All Day

    How to Set Up a Catering Buffet Table Like a Pro: Select Your Table (6ft is the standard buffet table length and will be easy to find tablecloths for) Select Your Colors (in this video we used Red,… Read More

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    Trick or Treat?

    Give them a treat and make it a complete meal! Don’t trick yourself into thinking that just a pizza will do the trick to keep your little monsters full this Halloween.           Spooky Treats for… Read More

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    There’s No Debate

    This is the Best Debate Party Viewing Meal… Sometimes during election season, things get a bit chaotic and people start picking sides. But Maria’s is here to bring both sides together over one delicious All-American meal.  We have… Read More

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    The Cleopatra That Everyone Wants

      Here is the quick & refreshing recipe for Maria’s Cleopatra salad: Ingredients 1 Head Romain Lettuce (Chopped) 1/4 Cup Maria’s Homemade Balsamic Dressing 1/2 Cup Roma Tomatoes (Diced) 1/8 Cup Red Onions (Sliced) 1/4 Cup Feta Cheese… Read More

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    Maddy’s BBQ Menu Checklist

    Maddy’s Fourth of July Barbecue Menu Checklist will put a spark in your Independence Day.

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    Put a Spark in your July 4th BBQ

    Here is how Madelyn, owner of Maria’s, hosts her annual Fourth of July BBQ complete with a checklist and recipes.

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    On the Grill: Sausage & Peppers

    Maria’s family recipe for Italian sausage, peppers, and onions is perfect for this Fourth of July BBQ! Purchase the homestyle sausages from our stores then grill them up at home for the perfect Independence Day celebration.

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    Charity in our Community

    Maria’s donates and serves alongside of hundreds of organizations and causes every year. Our charity is a part of our mission to truly be your neighborhood restaurant.

  • Father's Day

    My Dad Would Never Win Father of the Year

    Fathers who work hard so their kids can have a good life deserve to be celebrated too. At Maria’s we celebrate all dads. Read Madelyn’s stories about hers.

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    Tribute to the Greatest Generation on Memorial Day

    This Memorial Day, I pay tribute to the Greatest Generation and the American Red Cross. My father in law was a quiet man who served in WWII; he landed on the beaches of Normandy the second day. There… Read More

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    An Italian Prepares Passover Meals

    Why does Maria’s Italian Kitchen celebrate Passover? The answer might surprise you.

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    Boiling down a cookbook set

    Madelyn recounts Maria’s humble beginnings as compared to Evan Kleiman’s Angeli Cafe. Madelyn came across an article in the Los Angeles Times that took me to a place of true nostalgia with a touch of comfort. The title “Boiling down a cookbook set” by Evan Kleiman (who she knows personally) jumped out at her.

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    The Delicious Heritage of Bread

    Bread is a powerful connection to our Italian roots; rarely is there an Italian meal served that does not include bread. Bread is one of the oldest foods that has stayed on modern menus. Food historians believe that… Read More

  • Lighten Up With Broccoli Limon

      One of our favorite dishes when the weather starts to heat up is Maria’s infamous Broccoli Limon. Broccoli often called “the world’s healthiest food” packs a serious health benefit punch. From lowering cholesterol, to cancer prevention, a… Read More

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    Happy Hour – Everyday, Starting at 3pm

    What better way to start your evening than at Maria’s with friends! We offer an early (3 PM to 6 PM) Happy Hour AND a late night (8:30pm until close) happy hour Monday through Friday! The last hour… Read More

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    Marina del Rey Only — 20% Off Wine & Beer

    For a limited time only, all bottles of wine & beer for take out are 20% off at the Marina del Rey PRONTO location. Visit us at 4248 Lincoln Blvd., Marina del Rey, CA or call (310)623-4777 for… Read More

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    Kids Eat Free Wednesdays

    Enjoy a free kids meal with the purchase of an adult entree! You enjoy a wonderful home cooked Maria’s meal, the kids come away happy and full, and we do the dishes. Click here for our Kids Menu…. Read More

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    No Corkage Fee Thursday Night

    Bring your date, bring your Wine Club, bring the Neighborhood! Limit of one bottle per table. Dine in only.

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    Wine Lovers Tuesday

    Buy 2 entrees on a Tuesday and enjoy your favorite bottle of wine half off. Limit of one bottle per table but you can have as many loving couples as you like at the table, any night. Dine… Read More

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    Family Meal Nights on Sunday

    Feed your family of 4 – 12 a great Maria’s meal and save up to $30. Choose from among 8 Maria’s menu favorites with Salad, Pizza and homemade Rosemary Bread.  Click here for more details. Dine-In only available Sunday… Read More

  • SEASONAL CHEF SPECIALS

    Room Temperature Tomatoes

    We have to disagree with the idea that tomatoes are made to be refrigerated, in fact we think they taste even better at room temperature. Maria’s Italian Kitchen likes to ripen our tomatoes outside of the refrigerator. You… Read More

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    Marina del Rey PRONTO is Now Open!

    Maria’s PRONTO in Marina del Rey is now open! Maria is proud to announce her new fast casual dining eateries, known as PRONTO, and is kicking it off with a beautiful location in Marina del Rey off Lincoln Blvd…. Read More

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    Memorial Day the Maria’s Way

    A note from the owner: As I walk outside my home to hang the American flag on our flag pole in memory of those who gave the ultimate sacrifice, I thank the men and women and their families… Read More

  • Simplify Your Party Planning With Graduation Catering in Los Angeles

    If you’re going to be graduating this spring you may find yourself in the unenviable position of trying to organize a graduation party for you and your friends and classmates. It’s unenviable because organizing a graduation party and… Read More

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    Celebrating Your Grandchild’s Special Occasion with Graduation Catering in Los Angeles

    Graduation is an important transition between childhood and adulthood, and it’s customary to mark such a special occasion in some way. When your grandchild graduates, you may want to celebrate with a graduation party for their friends and… Read More

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    Advice on Graduation Catering in Los Angeles

    Invitations, decorations, music, food, and a thousand and one other details — if you are planning your child’s graduation party you’ve got a lot to consider. Although you might be tempted to try and take care of the… Read More

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    Special Event Catering Services in Los Angeles

    Of the events we celebrate with our friends and family, birthdays and anniversaries are probably the most important. They’re both special days celebrating special people, and because of that they should involve special food. The food can make… Read More

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    Breakfast Catering Services in Los Angeles

    For many people, breakfast is the first energy their body gets in more than eight hours. It is this energy that sets the foundation for the performance of body and mind for the rest of the day. Someone… Read More

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    Lights! Camera! Lunch! Catering Services in Los Angeles

    Food on a film set means craft services, and craft services means hiring catering services. Los Angeles, of course, sees more filming than any other U.S. city, so it should come as no surprise that it is also… Read More

  • Choosing a Catering Service for Your Los Angeles Wedding

    Your wedding day is the one day that, no matter what, you will remember for the rest of your life. Making the wrong decisions when planning your wedding can lead to disaster. Make sure you end up remembering… Read More

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    Catering Services in Los Angeles

    If you’re looking for catering services, Los Angeles can be overwhelming. Los Angeles is one of the world’s great food cities, and this is reflected in both the variety and quality of the food that’s available here. When… Read More

  • Discovering Catering Companies in Los Angeles

    If you’re planning a wedding, organizing your 20th high school reunion, or even arranging a birthday party for a friend or family member you’ll be searching for reliable, affordable, and professional catering companies. Los Angeles is home to… Read More

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    Meet My Family

    Name: Robert Rivera Age: 23 Location: Northridge Passion/Hobby/Talent: Boxing/Personal training Robert has been an employee of Maria’s Italian Kitchen for 5 years, but when he’s not at work you can usually find him working out. Robert says, “I’ve… Read More

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    Looking for Catering Companies in Los Angeles?

    There are any number of reasons you might need to hire one of the many catering companies Los Angeles has to offer. Perhaps you’re planning a wedding, or a reunion. Maybe you’re arranging a corporate event, or need… Read More

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