Maria’s Italian Kitchens is one of those grand American success stories. Maria’s Italian Kitchens often remind guests of the casual, sometimes boisterous, neighborhood eateries of another era. It began in the Italian quarter of Hoboken, New Jersey, where Madelyn’s mother, Maria, grew up learning the recipes for real Italian food of Naples from her mother, Luisa.  This home-grown education in the fundamentals of Napolitano sauces, soups, dressings, ravioli, lasagna and other regional fare was put to delicious use in 1968 when the Alfano’s and their five young children moved to Los Angeles and bought a tiny grocery store called the “Village Mart” in L.A.’s prestigious Brentwood Village located at Barrington Street and Sunset Blvd. and converted the one car garage into the first Maria’s Italian Kitchen in 1975. She must have learned her lessons well because that first Maria’s Italian Kitchen was a huge success.
In 1985, Maria’s daughter, Madelyn Alfano followed in her footsteps and opened the first table-service Maria’s Italian Kitchen in Sherman Oaks. Madelyn ultimately expanded the successful concept to nine more locations, and still personally supervises the kitchens and oversees all the restaurants. Each one carries on the Alfano tradition of warmhearted service, painstaking attention to detail, and a commitment to using only the highest quality ingredients. To this day, Maria’s Italian Kitchen is proud to be a family-run operation. And we will welcome you like a member of our own family.

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  1. Are used to live in the San Fernando Valley. But when I come back to the valley, I always love to go to Maria’s. One of my favorite dishes is, they’re baked rigatoni. It takes 20 minutes, but it was worth the wait. I also love their lasagna, their fettuccine Alfredo, there’s spaghetti, their pizza, and there’s spaghetti carbonara. The wait staff is always friendly, and the portions are just the right size with enough to take home. I only wish, that Maria’s had a location in Carson California.
  2. Just hosted a party at the Encino location. Everything was great! Our server was so patient, efficient, and kind. The food was all great, served in a timely manner, and tasted great! Thank you for an enjoyable experience.
  3. Maria’s is a nice place to go to. I even find them at the Pomona Fair. The good is very good depending on what you line and the way it’s cooked. I like eggplant and the way they serve it. Their service is also very good.

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