Maria’s Delight, known to the local community as just Maria’s, was established in 1982 as a fairly small, modest pizzeria in Essex, MD. We have been family-owned and operated for over 30 years. Since then, we have happily grown and expanded just like the families of our loyal and satisfied customers who continue to patron us and keep our kitchens cooking their family tradition. Quality products, fresh ingredients and your favorite menu picks have helped defined us. Providing you with our menu varieties, great service and always hot food have kept us as an ongoing household tradition to our area and that is the constant to the recipe of our success.

We remodeled and updated in 2006 providing a larger more accommodating, family-friendly and work-friendly experience for the entire Maria’s family – customers and employees. Including total interior and exterior renovations, an expanded parking lot, and added seating within a modern casual atmosphere, providing you with continual relaxed enjoyment combined with our food, friendly staff and service at an affordable price, you will be nothing less than satisfied with your family and friends.

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We make our fresh pizza dough daily in preparing all your specialty pan pizza favorites. In making our own pizza sauce, you can smell the roasted garlic aroma fill the restaurant. We offer over 25 different subs in two sizes, to accommodate anyone’s craving and appetite. Several Italian pasta dishes including our popular homemade lasagna, is a must for any Italian dish lover. We offer home made soups and several signature salads as well. This includes our popular Greek salad topped with all that Feta cheese! If you dine in with us or just place an order for pick up, you will see something truly unique cooking. You know your getting an authentic meal when you see how we prepare and cook our authentic Gyro meats. It marks for just another one of our popular menu picks. Our Greek Gyro Platter will surely give you the combinations of true authenticity, tradition and mouth savoring taste topped with the famous Tzatziki sauce.

Not only have our popular dishes made a name for us, but so have our homemade desserts. Many have tried rice pudding, but understand that you haven’t had it until you have tried ours! It’s a homemade delight that has had many truly addicted to it. We also make homemade cakes. Whether its just a slice, or you order an entire cake for an event, our selections of Strawberry Short Cake, Chocolate Oreo Cake, Chocolate Forest Cake and Cheesecake varieties name only a few. You will find small sweet tooth savors like, mini red velvet cupcakes, cherry brownie bites, fresh fruit tarts, canolis and even the popular Chocolate covered strawberries. If you feel that something should be added to our selection, please feel free to make a suggestion.

We are always striving to make improvements to our establishment and menu and appreciate your suggestions and comments. We have also expanded our menu, catering services and delivery area for your enjoyment and convenience. Please let us hear from you. Email us at