Maria's Italian Kitchen

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

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

Trick or Treat?

Halloween Power Meal

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

Maddy’s BBQ Menu Checklist

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

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.