Maria's Italian Kitchen

History of Valentines Day

Did you know that St. Valentine was Italian? St. Valentine was a Christian martyr who lived in the third century A.D. His basilica stood just opposite the gate of the Holy City; the gate itself was called after… Read More

2020 Retrospective

A Look Back Through 2020 February 29th I returned from Nashville where I was visiting my son Nicolas to celebrate his 27th birthday, and because he was preparing to deploy to Afghanistan to join the NATO transition team…. Read More

Cinco de Mayo at Maria’s. ¿Por qué?

Marias Italian Kitchen and Todo Bien present the Cinco de Mayo Fiesta Kit

Why would Maria’s prepare and sell a Mexican Fiesta for Cinco de Mayo? It’s because the restaurant business is like one big family. You see, many young people get their first job working in a Restaurant. It is… Read More

Why Does Maria’s Prepare Passover Meals?

Maria's Chicken at Passover Seder Meal

Each year we say “WHY IS THIS NIGHT DIFFERENT FROM ALL OTHER NIGHTs?” This year has a new meaning to all of us. Many of you will not be able celebrate your traditional Seder and enjoy having loved… Read More

Friendsgiving 2019

Friendsgiving meal at the beach

I am fascinated by this relatively new holiday that centers around—but not necessarily—Thanksgiving, and that the menu at this holiday is Thanksgiving-like. My son, Nicolas, hosted one with his friends from Fort Campbell, TN, because they will all… Read More

Paul Revere’s Midnight Ride as told by an Italian

Madelyn and Maria Alfano celebrate America on the Fourth of July.

My mother told me that there was a story told by an Italian comedian, that when Paul Revere was riding through the streets of Boston shouting “The British are Coming!” The British are Coming!”, an Italian woman stuck… 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

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

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

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