Valley 200 - 2021-07-19




Maria’s Italian Kitchen Madelyn Alfano, owner of Maria’s Italian Kitchen based in Van Nuys, opened the first Maria’s restaurant in Sherman Oaks in 1985 and has since expanded the franchise to eight locations, several of which are in the Valley area. She is very involved with organizations, serving as chair for the California Restaurant Association, foundation chair for National Association of Women Business Owners Los Angeles and as the co-chair for the YPO International Hospitality Network. She is part of the small business council for CNBC. She has won many awards, including several from the Business Journal, and in 2019 she was presented with the Beacon Award, an industry honor to recognize a woman for her leadership, contributions and inspiration. ALMA MATER: UCLA. “My proudest moment was accepting alumnae of the year in 2011 for community service.” BUCKET LIST: “Traveling across America to experience every National Park in a really cool RV.”


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