Maria's Italian Kitchen

Reflection on the Northridge Earthquake 25 Years Ago

When the 1994 Northridge Earthquake hit it shook the earth AND  the Lives of everyone in our Community. I was in the process of building our newest location; slated to open on my mother Marias birthday February 14… Read More

Maria’s Italian Kitchen Supports Restaurants Care

Maria's Italian Kitchen owner Madelyn Alfano stands in restaurant at Grateful Table 2018 Restaurants Care.

Madelyn Alfano, owner of Maria’s Italian Kitchen, participated in The Grateful Table on October 27, 2018. The Grateful Table is a communal dinner celebration to support Restaurants Care, an emergency assistance fund for restaurant workers through the California Restaurant… Read More

Why I Write Birthday Cards For Team Members

Why I Write Birthday Cards For Employees

When I had my first restaurant in 1985, I had 15 employees. Day in and day out, I spent more time with them than I did my own husband. That’s how we worked to build Maria’s into what… Read More

Maria’s Birthday Wine Sale

Aged to Perfection Our very own Maria turns 85 on Valentine’s Day. As she reflects on this wonderful milestone, she can’t help but feel grateful for having so many wonderful customers who, for over 40 years, have enjoyed… Read More

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

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