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Maria's Italian Kitchen

3537 E Foothill Blvd, Pasadena, CA 91107-3119
+1 626-351-2080
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  • Excellent43%
  • Very good38%
  • Average13%
  • Poor6%
  • Terrible0%
Travellers talk about
“lasagna” (5 reviews)
“salads” (3 reviews)
Open Now
11:00 - 22:30All hours
Italian, Pizza
$$ - $$$
3537 E Foothill Blvd, Pasadena, CA 91107-3119
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Typical American take on Southern Italy food. The restaurant was large and appeared clean. Nothing unusual on the menu. The Lunch menu is affordable. We had two glasses of the house Chianti. The food & service were good.More

Thank lynndds
Management response:Responded 2 weeks ago

Our goal is to make sure our guests leave satisfied, and we're glad to hear you enjoyed our Chianti as well as our food and service. We strive to be your neighborhood restaurant, meaning we take pride in treating our guests like family. Our dishes...More

Reviewed 24 March 2017 via mobile

The place was clean, service was reasonable, but the food was immaculate! No matter how long the wait, be aware that the quality of the food supersedes any defections the place may have.

Thank travellife2015
Reviewed 2 March 2017

We had been there once previously, and felt it was just OK....but last night we tried again....surprise! Everything we ordered was perfect, delicious, and the portions were nothing short of huge accompanied by reasonable prices and excellent service. My chicken parmigiano was superb....the best I've...More

Thank mlwFortLee_Nj
Reviewed 8 February 2017

Dinner at night, on a business trip; Sleeping in one of the nearby motels on Colorado, it was tempting not to drive far. Pastas were terrible, undercooked (even if I like them al dente), the 'meat sauce' bland, tasteless, just a tomato can vaguely cooked,...More

Thank Wizou
Reviewed 26 January 2017

I find if you come during Happy Hour they don't give that menu unless you ask. Happened more than a few times and I know other guests have mentioned they didn't get that menu and wondered why. It's a good HH so why not promote...More

Thank Sally D
Reviewed 23 January 2017 via mobile

Great night with my family, birthday celebration , the service was good , easy to find parking , good drinks

Thank ocotes
Reviewed 28 November 2016

Portions are big and we usually order only 2 or 3 things for 4 or 5 people in the group. Some of their salads have been dropped off the menu but there is still a lo to choose from. Had to wait a long time...More

Thank martha6262014
Reviewed 3 November 2016

This place is average. The food is decent and they have a heated patio to expand seating options during busy periods. It's in a strip mall next to other restaurants.

Thank debPasadena_CA
Reviewed 24 August 2016

The decor reminds me of an east coast family restaurant. Very friendly and helpful wait staff. The food is consistently excellent. Loved the vegetarian lasagna and a great caesar salad. You won't be disappointed.

Thank Susan A
Reviewed 5 August 2016

Had a great lunch this week at Maria's. Staff was warm and welcoming and we were promptly seated. Our server came promptly for our drink order and brought warm flatbread. I went for the Milan cocktail, which was very good. We started with the calimari....More

Thank Rossinirules
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Delivery, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Child-friendly, Kids
Open Hours
11:00 - 22:30
11:00 - 22:30
11:00 - 22:30
11:00 - 22:30
11:00 - 22:30
11:00 - 22:30
11:00 - 22:30
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 3537 E Foothill Blvd, Pasadena, CA 91107-3119
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Pasadena
  • Phone Number: +1 626-351-2080
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.
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