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Tampa Italian Food Caterers

Browse these italian caterers with great ratings from Thumbtack customers in Tampa.

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The Island Chef
4.9
from 70 reviews
  • 30 years in business
  • 114 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Harvey W.
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Chef Tamara is a true professional. The food was excellent and the presentation was exquisite. I highly recommend Chef Tamara for your catering needs.

On The Go Gourmet
4.7
from 67 reviews
  • 4 years in business
  • 141 hires on Thumbtack
Adam M.
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Vivian was absolutely incredible, no other way to say it. was not expecting food to be nearly as good as it was considering how reasonable the cost was compared to other caterers -- but when she pulled out the prime rib from the oven... I said to myself...."the game has just changed". And it didn't stop there--- EVERYTHING SHE COOKED was amazing and all my guests agreed. From the prime rib and pasta all the way down to the meatballs. She cooked for nearly 100 people in my very basic kitchen on new years eve. Had zero problems with anything being late or unprepared. If you find yourself looking at and considering her profile--- I can say look no further. Shes amazing and her crew was lovely as well.

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Chef Cheryl
5.0
from 41 reviews
  • 8 years in business
  • 35 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Claudette D.
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I hosted a party for 15 people for my Dad’s 90th B-Day and was nervous about getting everything together, but one phone call to Cheryl changed all that. She came up with a fabulous menu, great table setting ideas and even brought some of her own props for the table. Everything was absolutely delicious and done to perfection and when Cheryl left we would of never know there had just been a dinner party for 15 in our house. I can’t wait to have another occasion so that she can do her magic for us again.

Good Enuf 2 Eat Catering
4.9
from 27 reviews
  • 4 years in business
  • 41 hires on Thumbtack
Theresa W.
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We were SO happy with our experience with Chef Kim and her assistant! She arrived right on time, food in hand, and got right to cooking! We were busy with party preparation, and she found everything she needed without even having to ask! Dinner was served as soon as we were ready (she was ready on time-we were not!) and everyone was "Ooohing and Ahhhing" over every course. This was a birthday event/girls' night and we chose Cobb Salad with homemade ranch, Shrimp and Grits (amazing), Fried Chicken, Macaroni and Cheese, and asparagus. Everything was served beautifully, and many people thought her chicken was better than any they'd had in Atlanta! After dinner, she and her assistant cleaned up everything and took care of us! This was such a great experience, we hope to use Chef Kim again!!

Lisi Crane Catering
5.0
from 19 reviews
  • 7 years in business
  • 34 hires on Thumbtack
Tiffany V.
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Lisi Crane provided catering for one of our private flights. Our clients said the food was "outstanding"! She was great to work with, we highly recommend her!

Satiety
4.9
from 19 reviews
  • 3 years in business
  • 17 hires on Thumbtack
Nikki C.
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I had a group of friends over and had Melissa cook an Italian meal for us including a starter of her amazing ceviche! The meal was fantastic and delicious and the way it was presented was very impressive- I felt like I was at a 5 star restaurant. I will be using Melissa again very soon and trying her other types of food she cooks! I highly recommend you try using her as your private chef . My friends raved about how great everything was and how special they felt- it's a great experience

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Pasta Chef Catering
4.9
from 14 reviews
  • 12 years in business
  • 19 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Richard N.
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Outstanding service. Hot food prepared right before your eyes, just the way you like it. Gourmet pasta done right.

  • 10 years in business
  • 3 hires on Thumbtack
Diana G.
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One word .....JACKPOT!!! From the service to the food. One of the best Caters I've ever had. The pot pies and the French toast were soooo good!!! Thank you Ann and Thank you Thumbtack. I will definitely use these company's again. DG

Lisa Gail’s Catering
4.3
from 10 reviews
  • 13 years in business
  • 7 hires on Thumbtack
Amy J.
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Excellent Service. Great People and Delicious Food. Would Definitely Hire them again. They try to go beyond what they say they will do and try to make it a pleasant and easy as possible.

Renowned Hospitality
5.0
from 3 reviews
  • 20 years in business
  • 3 hires on Thumbtack
Deb H.
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Everything about this company was fantastic. The food was master chef quality and the prices were too good to be true! They were very professional, responsive and on time. They are willing to fit your budget with a stress free GOURMET meal. All you have to do is invite your guests. I would highly recommend them for any of your catered events. They were awesome...Thank you Antoine, Victoria and rest of team for making our party a success.

Queen of Hospitalities
5.0
from 2 reviews
  • 21 years in business
Liz A.
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Yolanda delivers excellent service with joy and passion. Her food is delicious and her presentation is beautiful. Being mindful of her customer's needs, she executes their vision meticulously. I highly recommend This catering service.

Great chef
5.0
from 2 reviews
  • 5 years in business
  • 1 hire on Thumbtack
Jeffrey K.
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We were very happy with Chris (and his Mother) catering and planning our Daughter's wedding reception. The food was excellent, the planning was precise and his enthusiasm was evident to everyone. We certainly recommend Chris' services to anyone.

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We are surpassing your expectations with handcrafted food and outstanding, personalized service.

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We cater all kinds of very authentic Asia cuisines that you cannot find in the restaurant. Our cuisine are from Hong Kong, Malaysia, Singapore, Thailand, Vietnam, Korea, India and Japan.

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I take the time to make even the smallest detail important. Listen to my clients wants and deliver even more.

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Hi, my name is Dina. I have done catering, serving and bartending before. I am currently available. If you'd like, I would love to come and cater your party.

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I am a fully licensed bartender, prep chef and catering event planner. I gained my experience working in the New York City lounges and concert clubs and here in Florida, at weddings and varied events. I have managed retail and private catering companies and have been involved with all facets of kitchen prep work. I have extensive customer service ability and problem-solving skills. Since I understand the nuances of preparation, I have an affinity for matching great things together. I have a degree in marketing and fine arts and a strong work ethic.

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We pride ourselves in meeting and surpassing your expectations. We use only local fresh produce (farm to table) and we use ordinary ingredients to create extraordinary dishes, all with fresh ingredients all of the time. Our dishes are never pre-made or frozen. It's prepared fresh always. We create a menu for our clients within their budget. We feel flavor and presentation are keys. We treat you like family.

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I make soul food ribs, chicken, pork, yellow rice, beans, mac n' cheese, collard greens, etc. I include all the right fixings and also sweet potato pies and cakes.

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Fabulous Latin Gourmet Catering Cuisine to your next party or event.

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I am a catering company that caters Puerto Rican flavor food. I also do Italian pasta dishes as well.

Q & A

Answers to commonly asked questions from the experts on Thumbtack.

How do you find a good caterer?

Reviews, interviews and menu tastings will help you find the right catering choice for your big day. Start by screening possible wedding caterers based on past reviews. If a caterer you are interested in has a review that concerns you, ask them about it; how they respond will be very telling. Next, ask about their availability for your wedding date.

If the wedding caterer is available on your date, it’s time to talk about menus and prices. Be clear about what your maximum budget is find out what choices this will allow you. Caterers may custom-create a menu for your event, or they may have menu templates within different price ranges that can guide your decision. A clear budget gives the caterer clear parameters within which to work and offer creative suggestions. Schedule a menu tasting to confirm you love your wedding menu. Once you have a menu and date, and have paid a deposit to reserve the caterer’s services, confirm additional details including when the food will be delivered to the site, what kind of service will be provided, how many servers will be onsite and for how long, and who is responsible for setup and cleanup. The more specific your contract, the fewer worries you’ll have on your wedding day. Get more smart hiring tips here.

How much does wedding catering cost per person?

Wedding catering costs will always vary based on the number of guests you’re inviting, the menu you want to serve, and the way the food will be served to your guests. As you interview wedding catering companies, you’ll be presented with a cost per person for various menus. On the low end, wedding catering may cost approximately $15-$18 per person. This would include prepared food only, with no setup or service of any kind. The starting price for a simple buffet meal with minimal service typically averages $22 per person. Opting for the same menu with all organic ingredients could raise your costs to about $33 per person. A moderately upscale menu (finer ingredients, more elaborate presentation) could range from $24 to $34 per person. High-end wedding catering cost truly has no limit. Lobster, filet mignon, specialty seafood, organic ingredients — menu choices like these can boost your cost per person up to $150 and more.

Do you tip a wedding caterer?

Tipping 15 percent to 20 percent on a $3,000 catering bill can feel daunting — especially in light of all the other costs of throwing a wedding — but tipping your wedding caterer is standard practice. Be sure to ask your caterer about their specific policies. Many catering companies include gratuity as a line item on their bill. If tipping is not automatically included in your total, a good approach is to tip all the people involved the day of the event rather than paying one lump sum to the catering company. For each server and bartender, you can tip $20-$50, depending on how long they were onsite and whether they did exceptional work. You can also tip the chef; experts suggest $50. It’s also a good idea to tip the catering manager, the point-of-contact person who keeps the catering service running smoothly the day of your wedding, ensures all the food looks beautiful and is plentiful, and resolves any mishaps. Industry pros recommend tipping the catering manager $100-$200. If gratuity is not included and you’re tipping individuals, set aside $200-$500 in cash to be safe.

How much does it cost to hire a caterer?

Catering prices depend mainly on how fancy you want the food and service to be and how many guests you’ll have. When you’re first looking to hire a caterer for your event, consider how many guests you’ll have and your total food and drink budget. The national average for event catering is $340, but catering prices can range into the thousands depending on your menu, guest count, and service.

Event catering is a broad term that covers everything from fully prepared, ready-to-eat food that the hosts plate and serve themselves to full-service, multicourse meals, including rental of linens, glassware and other items, with service staff organized by the catering company. Usually a caterer will determine cost based on the type of event you’re having, how many guests will attend, the level of service you desire, and what type of menu you’d like to have. For example, if you have a set catering budget, say $1,500, and you plan to have 50 people attend, that means you have $30 per person for food. If you have the same budget with 100 people, you have $15 per person for food. In this way, the number of people you want to attend your event and the level of food you want to serve them determines how much catering will cost.

What should you look for in a caterer?

A delicious meal is a critical element of a successful wedding, with happy guests fondly remembering your fabulous wedding food. The right caterer for you will be:

  • Available: Even the best caterer is no good if they aren’t available on your wedding date. Ask early before you get your heart set on someone.
  • Affordable for you: Find a caterer that you can afford. Having a spending plan ahead of time will mean you won’t overspend on food.
  • A good personality fit: Wedding planning is stressful, so work with someone that you can get along with and communicate with easily.
  • Experienced and recommended: Ensure the company has a proven track record with events of your size and the references to back it up.
  • Transparent about money: Steer clear of shady pricing. Find a caterer who is very clear about costs and is happy to talk you through budgets and pricing options.
  • Transparent about food: Find someone who is clear about where they source their food from and where it is prepared.
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