Meet Stephanie Jensen and Stacy Kostanyan - Owners of The Kitchen

The Kitchen has been on Union St. in Old Town Pasadena for over 20 years. Our friendship dates back even further. Get to know us a little more as we answer a few questions about our lives.

Where did you grow up?

Stephanie: Hampton, Iowa

Stacy: Cedar Rapids, Towa

What was your favorite type of food as a child?

Stephanie: Pizza

Stacy: Pizza

Where/How did you two meet?

University of Iowa & Vito’s Bar & Grill where we worked together.

What was your first impression of each other?

Stephanie: It was so long ago that I don’t remember my first impression, but I remember that we were instant friends.

Stacy: Stephanie was super fun and very cool.

What is your favorite activity that makes you happy?

Stephanie: Traveling

Stacy: Being with my daughters.

Who is the biggest influence in your life?

Stephanie: Overall, my mother. She was a single mom raising two daughters and it couldn’t have been easy.

Stacy: My grandparents who were married for 50+ years and were the rocks of the family.

How did you decide to open up The Kitchen?

After working and managing several restaurants together, we realized that we knew that we had what it takes to open our own. We love serving the public and getting to know our customers.

Why Italian Food?

That’s where we had the most experiences and we had some great recipes to share with people.

What is your drink of choice?

Stephanie: Wine, wine, & more wine.

Stacy: Chardonnay

Dessert of choice?

Stephanie: Wine!

Stacy: All desserts.

Favorite menu item from The Kitchen?

Stephanie: Everything. Duh!

Stacy: Our pizza.

Go Hawkeyes!