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.
California State Parks Foundation
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
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
The Salvation Army (Western Territory)
The Sierra Club Foundation
Valley Food Bank (Rescue Mission Alliance)
Villa Esperanza Services
West Point Association of Graduates (Parents Fund)
It Starts From The Top!
Madelyn Alfano is a triple threat when it comes to community contributions, first as a successful business woman, then for her work on behalf of the needy and disabled and finally for her leadership and commitment to professional and civic organizations. In 2010, Madelyn was recognized by her alma mater, UCLA, for her dedication to the community through community service.
The owner of Maria’s Italian Kitchen Restaurants, Alfano successfully expanded a single restaurant into a chain of 10, now one of the leading privately owned restaurant chains in California, employing over 400 people.
Alfano’s civic and philanthropic work, along with her business leadership within the L.A. community, Shane’s Inspiration, committed to creating accessible playgrounds at public parks for children with disabilities; the Max Reitzin Memorial Fund, established in memory of Alfano’s late son to benefit handicapped children; the Los Angeles County Education Foundation; and the Los Angeles County Education Foundation Probation Youth Committee. She also sponsors the Los Angeles County Academic Decathlon, the Science Olympiad, the Los Angeles County Science Fair and the Culinary Arts Training Program.
Alfano has served as president of the California Restaurant Association and the National Association of Women Business Owners, where she was inducted into the hall of fame in 2004. She is a member of the Young Presidents’ Organization, an international network for business leaders. She has been recognized as Restaurateur of the Year with the Elizabeth Burns Lifetime Achievement Award by the California Restaurant Association; the Resilient Life Loyal Award by Delta Delta Delta Sorority; and she was named Woman of the Year by the California State Assembly. The Los Angeles Business Journal also has honored her with the Women Making A Difference Award and has named her one of the Top 50 Business Owners in Los Angeles for eight consecutive years.
Besides her extensive local, national and international involvement, Alfano has supported UCLA, serving as fundraising chair of the UCLA Early Intervention Centers well as a member of the UCLA Campaign Honor Roll and of UCLA’s Women in Philanthropy. In 2011, she was honored with UCLA’s Alumni of the Year for Community Service.
Since earning her bachelor’s degree in psychology, Alfano has contributed time, talent and treasure to building bridges and creating opportunities within our community, and her commitment to programs targeting youth has helped foster a new generation of promise.