SOURCE: Maria's

June 18, 2008 09:00 ET

Maria's Express Brings Fresh Food Fast to the Heart of Los Angeles

Busy Professionals Can Enjoy Quick, Healthy Meals, From Breakfast Through Dinner, On-the-Go, in the Office, or at the Restaurant

LOS ANGELES, CA--(Marketwire - June 18, 2008) - Maria's Italian Kitchen, known for its authentic Napolitano Italian cooking, today announced the opening of its first Maria's Express, designed to provide a quick bite that's fresh and thoughtfully prepared for business people on-the-go. Maria's Express offers a diverse menu spanning breakfast, lunch and dinner and the flexibility of eating-in or taking-out.

"Everything today is fast -- food, cars, communication -- and with demanding work schedules, 'IM' has come to mean 'Instant Meal,'" said Madelyn Alfano, Owner and CEO of Maria's Italian Kitchen. "Maria's Express proves that good, healthy, fresh food can be fast and inexpensive. Our innovative menu and accommodating dining choices work with the demanding and changing schedules of today's busy professional."

The new Maria's Express provides a wide range of Napolitano Italian specialties for breakfast, lunch and dinner, most under $7.00. The menu features traditional Italian salads, sandwiches, pizza and pastas, as well as innovative selections like Pasta Bowls that let customers choose their pasta, sauces, and proteins, and Stuffed Breakfast Pizzettes.

Customers can enjoy Maria's Express food in three different ways:

1) Enjoy the lively environment complete with bright checkered table cloths reminiscent of Old Italy while dining in

2) Pick-up quickly made-to-order food to go

For convenience, orders can be placed via the Internet (www.MariasExpress.com) or telephone (213.623.4777).

Maria's Express is open Monday through Friday from 7:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m. and on Saturday and Sunday from 4:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. The new restaurant is located at 615 South Flower Street, between Wilshire Blvd. and 6th Street. For a more formal, upscale dining experience visit the new Maria's Downtown right next door.

With headquarters in Van Nuys, Calif., and more than 400 employees, Maria's Italian Kitchen is among the leading privately owned restaurant chains in the state. From the very first Maria's in Brentwood Village, Calif., opened in 1975, Maria's Italian Kitchen has been creating authentic Napolitano food from family recipes from Italy's "old country." Today, 10 Maria's Italian Kitchens serve the greater Los Angeles area, including the newest location in downtown Los Angeles and the innovative Maria's Express, a venue designed for professionals on-the-go. For information, locations, and menus, visit www.MariasExpress.com.

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