Our Story

Welcome to Maria Empanada, my home — a place I built with love and on the belief that everything can be accomplished through hard work and perseverance, just like the American Dream. I came to Denver from Argentina with only $300 in my pocket but determined to make it. I started selling empanadas from my kitchen, mostly to friends and family. Six years and several locations later, that effort has paid off: We’ve won the U.S. Small Business Administration’s 2017 Small Business Person of the Year Award for Colorado; Zagat rated us as “one of the 12 hottest new bakeries across America;” we’ve appeared on the Food Network twice (any Guy Fieri fans out there?); and we’ve been recognized as one of the Eight Breakout Brands of 2018 by the nation’s top restaurant industry magazine. We’re very proud of all this, but what makes us most happy is seeing you enjoy our food just like if you were at home. Thank you for coming and hurry back.

Lorena Cantarovici

Owner. Artisan.