When the couple first moved to Edmond in 1998 they opened the Italian Kitchen in the same location and for six years they were open in the evenings serving cuisine from Maria's family recipes.
Looking at the construction going on in the rea, Dino and Maria decided they wanted to open for lunch, but Italian food was too heavy. "In 2004, we took the Italian (food) off the menu and kept the steak and fish, " Maria said.
The lunch crowd was an almost immediate turn around, Dino said.
When they visit Italy, Maria said she and Dino cook for her family, catfish of course, and "before the fish hits the table it is gone," Maria said.
The couple is looking for someone who would be interested in buying their restaurant's name, their recipes and their website.
"We will teach someone to cook how we cook our recipes," Maria said. "The secret is in the flavor of the breading and the preparation of the fish."
If you haven't eaten there yet, drive by and stop for awhile. A line forms at the door and you might want to get there early.
"We opened our doors Saturday at 11 a.m. and by 11:06 a.m. we were completely seated and both rooms were full of customers," Dino said.