|The sign outside Mary Maestri's,|
circa 2010. (News 5)
The oldest of the restaurants still serving the (northwest Arkansas) area is still with us, though it has moved from Tontitown to Springdale.
In 1904, there was a young Irish woman by the name of Mary Ritter who attended the Tontitown Grape Festival. There, she met Aldo Maestri. They fell in love, and soon, Mary moved in with the Maestri family, where she learned how to make pasta and sauces and all the good dishes Aldo loved.
|An original Mary Maestri's menu. (Courtesy Mary Maestri's)|
well worth it.
|Margaret Franco worked|
with Mary in the early days.
This hand-cranked pasta
roller was donated back to
the Maestri's by Franco's
|E. A. Maestri on the job. (Courtesy Mary Maestri's)|
|Daniel Maestri. (Twitter)|
|The second Mary Maestri's.|
|Kyle DeVito prepares meat at the second Mary Maestri's location.|
(Photo by Andy Shupe, courtesy NWAOnline.com)
|May 13, 2010: Mary Maestri's closed for non-payment of sales tax.|
|Fire destroys second location of Mary Maestri's on February 4, 2012. |
|Another view of the fire. (Courtesy NWAOnline.com)|
|Mary Maestri's at its Springdale location today. (Kat Robinson)|
|Inside Mary Maestri's. (Grav Weldon)|
|The famed Chicken Parmigiana. (Grav Weldon)|