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Through the transfer, Agrodolce will continue as a Sicilian and Southern Italian restaurant serving cuisine that is deeply rooted in Litrenta's upbringing and culinary career. (Image: Seattle Refined).
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Maria Hines sells 'Agrodolce' to executive chef

Chef Maria Hines announced today that she is selling her Fremont restaurant, Agrodolce, to her executive chef and protégé, Thomas Litrenta.

Through the transfer, Agrodolce will continue as a Sicilian and Southern Italian restaurant serving cuisine that is deeply rooted in Litrenta's upbringing and culinary career.

“I’ve always tried to grow my staff for success in their careers. Entrusting Thomas with Agrodolce is the ultimate passing of the torch and it's a pleasure to give a young chef the opportunity that I received 12 years ago when I opened my first restaurant, Tilth" said Hines. "Thomas is incredibly talented and it has been his lifelong dream to become a chef/owner. I know he has a wonderful vision of where he can take Agrodolce and I look forward to mentoring him on a successful path of chef/ownership.”

Hines is looking forward to taking on additional endeavors to showcase her culinary talents through food consulting, brand development, cookbook writing and creating retail food products.

Best of luck to you Maria!

The restaurant sale is slated for next week. Agrodolce will continue to offer dinner seven days a week, weekday lunch and weekend brunch. The restaurant’s name, Agrodolce, meaning “sweet and sour” in Italian, will remain.

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