Maria Cares about Our Communities

We dedicate ourselves to the growth and betterment of the community.

We’ve provided a Braille menu for our visually impaired customers for years.

We care about the environment. Our president, Madelyn Alfano, is a member of the Sierra Club. We’ve practiced recycling since 1975 and use biodegradable cleaning agents. We do not use Styrofoam. And we make water available only upon request, greatly reducing the amount of water used.

We care about your health. We now use only rice bran oil for frying. Rice Bran Oil eliminates trans fats, has no funny aftertaste, helps lower serum cholesterol and is a great source of Vitamin E and antioxidants which combat the effects of aging. We limit fats and salt in food preparation, and upon request, we offer many dishes without added salt. We also do not use MSG in any food preparation and we use butter instead of margarine.

We are still family owned. We just wanted you to know, we will always be your neighborhood restaurant.

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School Fundraisers

Big Cheese Awards 


California State Parks Foundation
Carousel Ranch
Delta Delta Delta Foundation
Downtown Women’s Center
Friendly House L.A.
Girl Scouts of Greater Los Angeles
Habitat for Humanity International
Library Foundation of Los Angeles
Looking Beyond
Los Angeles County Educational Foundation
Los Angeles County Museum of Art
Los Angeles Mission
Los Angeles Regional Food Bank
National Park Foundation
Natural History Museum
Piece by Piece
Ronald McDonald House Charities of Southern California
Shane’s Inspiration
The Salvation Army (Western Territory)
The Sierra Club Foundation
UCLA Foundation
Valley Food Bank (Rescue Mission Alliance)
Villa Esperanza Services
West Point Association of Graduates (Parents Fund)

It Starts From The Top!



Madelyn Alfano, one of California’s most successful restaurant owners, believes that food is not just a necessity or pleasure, but a lifelong passion. Inspired by her parents and life in a large Italian family, Madelyn blends the finest ingredients, traditions, and new ideas with the best aspects of family life to create a truly unique dining experience at Maria’s Italian Kitchen.

Today, there are 8 Maria’s Italian Kitchens (whose founder was her Mother Maria Alfano) creating jobs for 300 people
She is an active professional, serving as Chair for the Statewide California Restaurant Association; Foundation chair National Association of Women Business Owners Los Angeles and serves as the Co-Chair for the YPO International Hospitality Network. She sits on the Board of Advisors for the UCLA Anderson Business School and UCLA Undergraduate School. And President of Brentwood Chamber of Commerce.

Madelyn is an expert in the restaurant business and is part of the small business council for CNBC.
Madelyn graduated UCLA, with a BS in Psychology in 1980 and MDE from the UCLA Anderson Business School in 2015. She lives in Venice Beach CA, is married to Dr. Jeffrey Tucker, and has three children, Cpt Nicolas Reitzin 27 , Josh Tucker 31 and Danielle Tucker 31.
Madelyn has been on the list of Top 50 Women Business Owners in Los Angeles for the past 10 years and chosen as one of the Top 25 Enterprising Women in Los Angeles. The L.A. Business Journal named her Business Owner/CEO of the Year at its annual Women Making a Difference Award, The California Legislative Women’s Caucus named Madelyn Alfano Woman of the Year at the State Capitol The L.A. Area Chamber of Commerce named her the Women in Business Champion of the Year. UCLA has honored her with Alumnae of the year for Community Service Award and Maria’s Italian Kitchen was awarded the L.A. Times Readers Choice Best Italian Restaurant. Madelyn also received the Women of Inspiration Award from Shane’s Inspiration and was chosen as LABJ 2017 & SFVBJ 2018 most influential businesswoman.

August 2019 Madelyn was presented with the Beacon Award; on behalf of The Foodservice Council for Women, which was created to recognize a woman leader who has truly served as a Beacon for our industry through her leadership, contributions, and inspiration.