Maria's Italian Kitchen

We Celebrate the Life of the “Original Maria”

The legacy of her food and stories will live on. Marie Alfano (ne Giordano) was born on February 14, 1933, in Hoboken, New Jersey. Her Mother Luisa (Louise) Falcetano emigrated to America from Naples, Italy. Her Father, Joseph… Read More

“Thank You” To All Moms!

Madelyn & Maria in the kitchen. Thank you to all moms.

I want to send a Big Thank You to all of the Moms who are working today and those who love and support them. Growing up in the Grocery Store and Italian Restaurant business meant that My Mom… Read More

Louise’s is Back In The Family! Maria’s Italian Kitchen owner Madelyn Alfano was a special guest on a recent episode of 360Karma’s Live Love Thrive. Talk show host and founder Catherine Gray interviewed her on the history of… Read More

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