Maria's Italian Kitchen

Why Our Italian Kitchen Cooks Passover Seder Meals

ITALIAN OR JEWISH… The Kitchen is where My family’s culture comes together. I get asked all the time “Why does Maria’s Italian Kitchen prepare Passover meals?” and many are surprised by my answer. It is because I celebrate… Read More

Burnt Spaghetti

Sunday was the day My mother would always make an extra pound of Spaghetti so that on Monday she could  make her Burnt Spaghetti. The Cast iron skillet was always on top of the stove because she used… Read More

Why Lentils for NYE 2020?

I would ask my mother every year, “Why do you tell us to eat lentils on New Year’s Eve?” Her answer was very simple, because my mother Luisa said it was for good luck.  So each year, My… 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

The Cleopatra That Everyone Wants

Cleopatra Salad with Chicken

  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

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.

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.

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