SOURCE: Maria's

June 18, 2008 09:00 ET

Newest Maria's Italian Kitchen Brings Style, Warmth and Passion of Italian Food to Downtown Los Angeles

High-Tech Meeting Rooms, Intimate Booths and Tables, and a Stylish Bar Make Maria's Italian Kitchen the Destination for Doing Business in L.A.'s Financial District

LOS ANGELES, CA--(Marketwire - June 18, 2008) - Maria's Italian Kitchen, known for its authentic Neapolitan Italian cuisine, today announced the grand opening of its 10th Southern California location in the heart of Los Angeles. The new upscale dining spot blends the freshest, healthiest ingredients with traditional "old country" recipes to create Italian dishes with a modern flair.

Ideally suited to the downtown business environment, the restaurant is contemporary and comfortable, sleek and traditional. Upon entering Maria's Downtown, patrons are enveloped by the warm rich tones, dark woods and the smell of rich, fresh Italian food that permeates the dining areas, private rooms and chic 26-foot bar. Soft hanging lights create a well-lit yet subdued environment. The menu features a wide range of tempting appetizers, salads, entrées, and of course, pasta, pizza and Panini. Freshly baked breads and desserts, and an extensive wine list complement the delectable food.

The upscale, but casual Maria's Downtown is an ideal meeting spot for professionals and residents, whether hooking up with friends for a drink, enjoying a tantalizing power lunch or participating in a large group meeting at breakfast, lunch or dinner. The 5,000 square-foot restaurant includes three private rooms that accommodate from 20 to 60 guests. A state-of-the-art multimedia system, including two 50" and one 60" plasma screens, is ideal for sales presentations. Curtains and etched glass doors provide privacy from the main restaurant without detracting from the ambiance.

The new Maria's Downtown is open Monday through Friday from 11:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m. and on Saturday and Sunday from 4:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. Happy Hour runs Monday through Friday from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Reservations are recommended for lunch and dinner, and are required for breakfast meetings and private rooms. To reserve a table, call 213.623.4777 or book online at www.MariasDowntownLA.com/reserve.

The new restaurant is located at 615 South Flower Street, between Wilshire Blvd. and 6th Street with valet parking on South Flower Street and self-parking from 4:00 p.m. to 3:00 a.m. at 616 Figueroa Street. A complimentary shuttle to the Walt Disney Concert Hall, the Music Center, Nokia Theater and Staples Center is provided. For a more informal "to go" dining experience visit the new Maria's Express, conveniently located 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 Neapolitan food from family recipes from Italy's "old country." Today, 10 Maria's Italian Kitchens serve the greater Los Angeles area, including the two newest locations in downtown Los Angeles, Maria's Downtown and the innovative Maria's Express, a venue designed for professionals on-the-go. For information, locations, and menus, visit www.mariaskitchen.com.

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