Maria’s Italian Kitchen in Encino Tops The List As The Most Liked Restaurant on Ventura Boulevard

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Through the simple joys of quality literature and trivia, ‘The Restaurant That Reads’ is the most liked restaurant on Ventura Boulevard.

Maria’s Italian Kitchen in Encino climbs its way to the top and easily becomes the most liked restaurant on Ventura Boulevard by engaging its visitors through quality literature and trivia. The restaurant’s Facebook page - - is increasingly growing and gaining popularity by creating more than just an excellent dining experience to its customers. The restaurant gained more than 1,000 Facebook Likes in less than two weeks at the beginning of August.
    Although the family-owned restaurant emphasizes providing a cozy atmosphere and authentic Italian food to its visitors, the staff takes it one step further to not only engage its customers in original literature but also to work towards supporting local bookstores, libraries and print publications.
    "It's fun to watch our guests react to the trivia, the books and the fun facts they learn while they dine, it creates a more personal experience between the staff and the customers," said Victor Lara, General Manager of Maria's Italian Kitchen in Encino.
    The restaurant began introducing quality books to its guests at the beginning of the summer and is now the only restaurant in the country offering discounted meals to customers who bring in a print book or the "Book of the Week."
    Author of "The Wrecking Crew" Kent Hartman is one of many authors who sent warm regards to the crew at Maria's Italian Kitchen in Encino and he said, "in this author's humble opinion, Maria's in Encino serves the finest Italian food in the Valley."
    "I'm a bit overwhelmed. This is honestly one of the nicest and most original book promotions I've ever experienced," said Kyo Maclear, author of "Stray Love" in regards to having her book chosen as "Book of the Week."

Madelyn Alfano opened the first Maria's Italian Kitchen in 1985 in Sherman Oaks and since then the company grew and opened up 8 other locations across the San Fernando Valley and Los Angeles. Maria's offers the quality of a home cooked Italian meal along with the warmth and comfort of a big Italian family. For further questions please visit or call (818) 783 - 2920.

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