Mary Maestri's Keeps On Cooking in Springdale

Jul 17, 2015 1000

by Marty Cook

Renowned Italian restaurant Mary Maestri's once occupied a stately building on the outskirts of Tontitown, far removed from the hustle and bustle of northwest Arkansas. Now the restaurant, which first opened in 1923, stands on a busy four-lane Springdale street, an icon in name but just another restaurant by outside appearance.

Daniel Maestri is 60 now and has been spinning plates to keep the doors open at Mary Maestri's Italian Grillroom — the restaurant his grandparents Aldo and Mary started in Aldo's parents' kitchen — for nearly 40 years. He doesn't know how he got this incarnation opened or how much longer it will even stay in the Maestri family.

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