Maria's Italian Kitchen

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.

Have you tried our crispy saffron risotto balls stuffed with peas, parmesan, and mozzarella? Pair our Arancini Classico ...
06/21/2019

Have you tried our crispy saffron risotto balls stuffed with peas, parmesan, and mozzarella? Pair our Arancini Classico with a glass of Prosecco for the full experience. 🍾

Good weather calls for good food! Swing by your neighborhood Maria's and try Chef Lucio's special menu to end your Thurs...
06/20/2019

Good weather calls for good food! Swing by your neighborhood Maria's and try Chef Lucio's special menu to end your Thursday evening.

We're feeling saucy. 🍅 Our Organic Pomodoro Sauce is perfect for a do-it-yourself dinner.
06/19/2019

We're feeling saucy. 🍅 Our Organic Pomodoro Sauce is perfect for a do-it-yourself dinner.

Who's hungry? 😍Chef Lucio is cooking up something special for you this month. Swing by your neighborhood Maria's and ...
06/17/2019

Who's hungry? 😍Chef Lucio is cooking up something special for you this month. Swing by your neighborhood Maria's and try his special menu that includes Aranicini Classico, Strawberry and Gorgonzola Salad, Wild Mushroom and Pork Ragu Pappardelle, Brick Chicken and a tasty Fresh Berry Shortcake!

We mourn the loss of the original Maria.Marie Alfano was born on February 14, 1933, in Hoboken, New Jersey. Her Mother L...
06/15/2019
In Memory of Marie Alfano

We mourn the loss of the original Maria.

Marie Alfano was born on February 14, 1933, in Hoboken, New Jersey. Her Mother Luisa Falcetano emigrated to America from Naples, Italy. Her Father, Joseph Giordano, was born in New York (a truck driver). He died when Marie was nine years old. Marie lived with her widowed Mother and three older brothers, Matty (Matteo’s Restaurant), Mikey (Matre’D Matteo’s Restaurant) and Junior Giordano (Trucking).

Marie graduated from Demarest High School in June 1949 when she was just 16 years old. She was top in her class and her mother told her she should become a Judge. But going to college was not an option because her mother was tragically killed in a car accident December 7, 1949, while Marie was a passenger in that car. This event changed her life forever. Her brother Mike became her guardian and she was cared for by a loving neighbor who took the role of her “Mama.” At 16, she met Donald Alfano who wooed her with his flashy red convertible. They were married in Hoboken when she was 18. He was 19. She gave birth to Louise, Cissy and Madelyn. The family then moved to Long Island, New York, and she gave birth to Donald and Matthew. With five small children, she opened a small delicatessen in Copiague. Donald was a truck driver, and when he saw how successful Marie’s little Italian Grocery store was, he quit truck driving. They worked together until their move to California in 1968. The reason for the move was to be close to her brothers Mike and Matty (Matteo’s). Family is everything to Marie. She and Donald both worked for Matteo’s (Donald in the “front of the house” and Marie in the “kitchen heart of the house”) for a several years.

In 1970, Marie and Donald purchased the Village Mart Grocery Store in Brentwood Village, California, and converted a broken down market into a beautiful neighborhood store with prime meats, the best produce, and internationally imported groceries.

Marie was always ahead of the trends! She would make meatballs and homemade sausages in the meat department on a small electric skillet. With the slightly bruised produce, she would create ratatouille—who even knew what that was in 1970? Customers craved for more, and Marie turned the one-car garage into the Village Mart Take Out. A customer said, “You should call it Maria’s because after all, you are the creator.” So with limited funds, she hired an artist to paint Maria’s Italian Kitchen on the front window. That’s how the famous Maria’s Italian Kitchen was born. The immediate family referred to it as the “take out” because there were no tables and chairs, just a simple take out window. Once again Marie was ahead of her time!

Her greatest pleasure was cooking for family and friends while watching them savor her food. She treated everyone with the same warm and direct attitude. She loved being around people, and people loved being around her.

On June 5, 2019, she was tragically killed in a car accident in Palm Springs, California. She had just finished grocery shopping to prepare meals for neighbors and friends (everyone was her friend).

She lost her husband Donald Alfano in 2000; son Donald “boy” Alfano in 2002; granddaughter Alexes Berardis 2007, and grandson Max Reitzin 2000.

She is survived by her daughters, Louise Berardis-Budnik and husband Bruce; Cissy Blum; Madelyn Alfano and husband Dr. Jeffrey Tucker; and her “Baby” son Matthew Alfano. Her grandchildren include JJ Berardis, Cpt. Nicolas Reitzin, Josh Tucker, Danielle Tucker, and great grandchildren Mia and Loki Berardis.

We will miss her smile, her sense of humor and most of all her cooking and cursing.

In lieu of flowers, please donate to the American Red Cross in Marias name here: https://www.crowdrise.com/o/en/campaign/in-memory-of-marie-alfano

Funeral services will held on Wednesday, June 19, at 12:00 p.m.
Holy Cross Cemetery
5835 West Slauson Avenue
Culver City, CA 90230
310-836-5500

In Loving Celebration of Marie Giordano Alfano February 14, 1933 June 5, 2019 Beloved Wife, Mother, Grandmother, Trailblazer, Chef and Storyteller Marie Alfano (ne Giordano) was born on February 14, 1933, in Hoboken, New Jersey. Her Mother Luisa (Louise) Falcetano emigrated to America from Naples, I...

Our Owner Maddy and foundation Chair of the Nawbo La at the #KickingGlass 2019 Luncheon!
06/14/2019

Our Owner Maddy and foundation Chair of the Nawbo La at the #KickingGlass 2019 Luncheon!

Pasadena's 20th Anniversary Ribbon Cutting Ceremony
06/14/2019

Pasadena's 20th Anniversary Ribbon Cutting Ceremony

06/13/2019

HOLY CANNOLI! We're giving you a FREE cannoli this Sunday when you show this post to your server while dining in with us! Don't miss out on these handmade flavorful bites of cream to finish off your meal. ❤️

All of our dishes are inspired by the authentic, local flavors of Hoboken, New Jersey. Maria's serves you fresh, homemad...
06/13/2019

All of our dishes are inspired by the authentic, local flavors of Hoboken, New Jersey. Maria's serves you fresh, homemade, traditional Italian dishes that fill your stomach and your heart. ❤️

Father's Day is right around the corner and we're giving your Pop and FREE medium pizza when you dine in with him this S...
06/12/2019

Father's Day is right around the corner and we're giving your Pop and FREE medium pizza when you dine in with him this Sunday!
*Offer only valid for pepperoni or cheese

Master Chef. 👨‍🍳
06/11/2019

Master Chef. 👨‍🍳

06/07/2019

Slicing into the weekend like.....

Pasta lovers, our Fettuccine Chicken is calling your name. 🍝
06/06/2019

Pasta lovers, our Fettuccine Chicken is calling your name. 🍝

Our guilty pleasure. ❤️ Who else is craving our Garlic Knots today?
06/05/2019

Our guilty pleasure. ❤️ Who else is craving our Garlic Knots today?

06/04/2019

We hate to sound cheesy, but it's #NationalCheeseDay and we're celebrating with a medium cheese pizza for only $9.95!🧀 Exclusively at our Brentwood location.

Have you tried our homemade organic Pomodoro Sauce? When you buy a jar, you'll receive a free bag of pasta!
06/03/2019

Have you tried our homemade organic Pomodoro Sauce? When you buy a jar, you'll receive a free bag of pasta!

Nawbo La
06/03/2019

Nawbo La

Meet our NAWBO-LA Gala Co-Chair (and Foundation Chair) for The 33rd Annual Leadership and Legacy Awards Luncheon and Half Day Conference, Madelyn Alfano of Maria's Italian Kitchen! #KickingGlass2019

Heaven is a place on Earth indeed! 😍🍕Have a big gang to feed? Order your favorite dishes from our Family Meals men...
05/30/2019

Heaven is a place on Earth indeed! 😍🍕Have a big gang to feed? Order your favorite dishes from our Family Meals menu and feed anywhere from 8-20 people!

Your neighborhood Maria's is ready for your visit today. ❤️
05/28/2019

Your neighborhood Maria's is ready for your visit today. ❤️

We hope you bring home your favorite homemade Italian dishes this #MemorialDay. When we do the catering, you'll get all ...
05/24/2019

We hope you bring home your favorite homemade Italian dishes this #MemorialDay. When we do the catering, you'll get all the compliments. 🇺🇸Order now: http://bit.ly/MariasMemorailDayCatering

A taste of Italy. 🍝 Who else is craving our signature Spaghetti and Meatballs?
05/22/2019

A taste of Italy. 🍝 Who else is craving our signature Spaghetti and Meatballs?

A yummy way to support wildfire relief. Bring this form in today and we'll donate 20% to Camp JCA ShalomWild Fire. We're...
05/20/2019

A yummy way to support wildfire relief. Bring this form in today and we'll donate 20% to Camp JCA ShalomWild Fire. We're always happy to support. ❤️

Experience a fine authentic Italian dinner at our Northridge location. ❤️
05/20/2019

Experience a fine authentic Italian dinner at our Northridge location. ❤️

Up close and personal with our Chicken Piccata. Our chicken is all- natural, certified fresh, hormone and antibiotic fre...
05/17/2019

Up close and personal with our Chicken Piccata. Our chicken is all- natural, certified fresh, hormone and antibiotic free!

05/14/2019

It doesn't snow in LA, but it snows at Maria's. Try our new Fettuccine Chicken and add extra parmesan for a tasteful bite. ❤️

The only Margherita worth having. 🍕
05/13/2019

The only Margherita worth having. 🍕

05/13/2019

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 Maria and Dad Donald worked every holiday, in fact they worked every day because our little grocery store was open 7 days a week. On the weekends and all summer long, me, my brothers and sisters tagged along and learned a lot about what’s important in business; Taking care of the customers and making them feel welcomed and appreciated, just like a good friend. We learned to celebrate those Sunday Holidays either late at night when we got home or on Monday when my Uncle Mike could join us, because that was his day off.

I appreciate all of you who have taken the call to be in the Hospitality and Grocery store business and all the small local businesses who made today special for their customers. Please thank your families for understanding your dedication today and may all of you have a wonderful rest of the day!

With Gratitude
Maddy Alfano

05/10/2019

All Mom’s receive a $10 bonus card when they dine in with us on Mother’s Day.❤️

Give Mom the day off this weekend. ❤️
05/09/2019

Give Mom the day off this weekend. ❤️

Enjoy a catered family meal and earn pasta points while doing it! 🍝 Place your order through our app and try some of ...
05/08/2019

Enjoy a catered family meal and earn pasta points while doing it! 🍝 Place your order through our app and try some of our favorites like our mama's meat Lasagna!

Sign up: http://bit.ly/KitchenClubAppDownload

Mothers hold the hearts of their children forever.❤️ Comment your favorite memory with your Mom below to enter for y...
05/07/2019

Mothers hold the hearts of their children forever.❤️ Comment your favorite memory with your Mom below to enter for your chance to win a complimentary Mother's Day brunch for you and yours!

Nawbo La
05/06/2019

Nawbo La

Here’s a recap of the 360 Karma Catherine Gray interview of Madelyn Alfano @nawbo-la Foundation chair and owner of Maria's Italian Kitchen

33rd Annual Leadership and Legacy Awards Luncheon and Half Day Conference on June 14.

YouTube: https://youtu.be/QiScXp2
iTunes: http://ow.lCPRMy/iaQQ30oCt5p

#nawbola

05/06/2019

We're giving you a 🍕 our heart with our Hawaiian and Margherita Pizza! Tag someone you'd share a slice with below! ⬇️

Dine in or take out, your neighborhood #MariasItalianKitchen will satisfy all of your pasta craving. ❤️
05/03/2019

Dine in or take out, your neighborhood #MariasItalianKitchen will satisfy all of your pasta craving. ❤️

05/01/2019

Chef Lucio is bringing a special brunch menu this Mother's Day weekend to your neighborhood Maria's. Enjoy a classic fresh baked Brioche dipped in cinnamon-orange custard and crunchy granola finished with an expresso cream anglaise and caramel sauce. ❤

Tune in at noon today to @360karma's Live, Love, Thrive Show featuring our Owner, Madelyn Alfano! https://www.ubngo.com,...
05/01/2019

Tune in at noon today to @360karma's Live, Love, Thrive Show featuring our Owner, Madelyn Alfano!

https://www.ubngo.com, Click Channel 2.

#MariasItalianKitchen
04/29/2019

#MariasItalianKitchen

Treat your Mom to a nice Mother's Day Brunch this year with our special menu creating by Chef Lucio.
04/29/2019

Treat your Mom to a nice Mother's Day Brunch this year with our special menu creating by Chef Lucio.

Our Italian Chopped Salad is made from fresh local produce daily. Join us from 11am-3pm and pair it with a cup of soup f...
04/26/2019

Our Italian Chopped Salad is made from fresh local produce daily. Join us from 11am-3pm and pair it with a cup of soup from our Duo menu!

Do you have a hungry bunch to feed? Our Family Meals are perfect for dinner tonight and we're giving you $10 off when yo...
04/25/2019

Do you have a hungry bunch to feed? Our Family Meals are perfect for dinner tonight and we're giving you $10 off when you order online with the code Family10. Order now- bit.ly/KitchenClubAppDownload

Our Owner Madelyn Alfano will be a guest speaker on 360 Karma's Live, Love Thrive Show with Catherine Gray! Tune in LIVE...
04/24/2019

Our Owner Madelyn Alfano will be a guest speaker on 360 Karma's Live, Love Thrive Show with Catherine Gray! Tune in LIVE next week by clicking the link below:

https://www.ubngo.com, Click Channel 2.

Vibrant food in the vibrant city of West LA. ❤️
04/24/2019

Vibrant food in the vibrant city of West LA. ❤️

04/23/2019

Our Dipped Macaroons are so delicious you can't just have one.

Address

29035 Thousand Oaks Blvd
Agoura Hills, CA
91301

Opening Hours

Monday 11:00 - 22:00
Tuesday 11:00 - 22:00
Wednesday 11:00 - 22:00
Thursday 11:00 - 22:00
Friday 11:00 - 22:00
Saturday 11:00 - 22:00
Sunday 11:00 - 22:00

Telephone

(818) 865-8999

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