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Italia Cuisine Co.
Italia Cuisine Co.

Italia Cuisine Co.

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Introduction: I have reviewed all the CDC guidelines for Covid-19 and I’ve been testing negative. Feel confortable to HIRE me with a peace in mind. I’M CERTIFIED & INSURED Also I have a catering license CAT 5811290 Expiration date: 04/01/2021 I offer convenience and deliver superb product. I'm passionate about creating exceptional, authentic Italian food as well as memorable experiences for my customers. I have the background, knowledge and skills for cooking and provide my customers with healthy, homemade and delicious Italian cuisine. I believe great Italian food starts with wholesome, fresh ingredients, prepared by someone who is passionate about their craft. As a personal chef, my products are both the food I cook as well the service I deliver. I am reliable and ethical and treat all my customers with utmost integrity. When people hire me, they are hiring the quintessential professional. My goal is simple....for my customers to be able to truly relax and enjoy the benefits of having someone else do the cooking.

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2 employees

21 years in business

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Maintain 6 feet of distance from customers

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    Wedding and Event Catering

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Customers rated this pro highly for professionalism, work quality, and responsiveness.

Exceptional 5.0

43 reviews


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Buddy J.

Wedding and Event Catering

Paola was the best! She far exceeded my expectations. This was my first time hiring a chef to surprise my girlfriend with a Christmas dinner and Paola advised me where I needed it and she trusted my decision making in the process too. I couldn’t be happier and have already rehired her for another special event!!!
Nov 29, 2020
Baku P.

We were extremely lucky to have found Chef Paola! I rented a house in the Orlando area to celebrate my wife's 50th birthday and had 17 family members who came to join us for the wonderful moment. Chef Paola made us an absolutely delicious 7-course meal. Everyone kept raving about it for the rest of the holiday weekend. On top of her great food, she has a very warm and caring personality. If you are looking for a private chef who specializes in authentic Italian cuisine, LOOK NO FURTHER and reach out to Chef Paola. She made my wife's 50th a truly memorable event.
Nov 30, 2020
Richard k.

Chef Paola is not just an amazing international Chef, she is an artist in preparing magnificent meals! Chef Paola along with her responsive and professional staff prepared a masterful meal presentation for a dining event at our home. Chef Paola brings her special ingredients and arrives on-time and gets right to work. She was so resourceful in determining what she needed and never required anything of us so we could focus on our guests. She introduced each segment of the meal and elaborated on the creation of each dish. What an amazing presentation and absolutely delicious meal she prepared for a sizable group of guests. This is the second year in a row we have used Chef Paola and we will absolutely request her culinary services again soon. Bravo!
Oct 25, 2020
Graham A.

Event Catering (Drop-off)

My family and I hired Chef Paola and her company to cater my engagement party in April 2016. The party had about 40 guests and was held at my mother's home. Communication, food selection/recommendation and organization with Paola prior to the event was excellent. Upon arrival, about an hour prior to my guests arriving (per my request) she set everything up professionally and took the worry of food organization off my shoulders completely. All the food was exceptionally well prepared that day at her end (again per my request) and brought to my mother's home in temperature controlled boxes. We ordered the following: mushroom bruschetta puff pastry purses stuffed pasta shells chicken piccata meatballs eggplant parmagen assorted cupcakes bread pudding Let me say, I didn't think I was much of a fan of Italian cuisine. I actually chose Chef Paola because my fiancée loves Italian cuisine, but after tasting all of Chef Paola's food on the day my mind was changed! Her cooking is EXCEPTIONAL! The food is honestly the most delicious Italian food I've ever tasted and I've been to Italy on a number of occasions. All the feedback from my guests was wonderful too. ABSOLUTELY DELICIOUS was the common consensus among my guests. From the cute arrangement of the cupcakes in the shape of a ring and wedding dress to the professional nature of the preparation, taste, and serving, I would absolutely recommend Chef Paola and hire her again in the future.
Aug 16, 2016
Thomas M.

We hired Chef Paola to help us celebrate our 15th Anniversary. She was extremely professional and responsive. Most importantly the food was superb! Everyone enjoyed it. I highly recommend her services!
Apr 26, 2021

License Type: Caterer (FL)

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Maria Paola Santagati


  • What should the customer know about your pricing (e.g., discounts, fees)?

    My prices are very easy to understand and in line with industry standards. Catering services can start at $40.00 per person with a minimum number of guests guaranteed. Pricing is contingent upon what type of event the customer wants, how many people I will be cooking for,as well as what menu items are chosen. It is my practice to have detailed discussions with my clients from the onset, to ensure they fully understand all the meal and pricing options. It is important for customers to understand the cost charged is based on multiple factors, including meal planning,grocery, shopping and meal preparation. However, I always tell my customers, there is no extra charge for my Italian accent!

  • What is your typical process for working with a new customer?

    l aways start with, "Che piacere di conoscerla!"(What a pleasure to meet you!) I then ask them to share specifics of what type of meal(s) they are looking for and I will provide details of the services I provide. Once I have a better understanding of what they want, I provide pricing and menu samples. I inquire if there are any special dietary needs that need to be taken into considerations, and if there are, how I can modify any dishes to still provide a wonderful experience while being mindful and respective of client's unique requirements.

  • What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?

    As a member of the United States Personal Chef Association (USPCA) I hold required certifications as well as attend early conventions to keep my credentials and knowledge current. My affiliation with the USPCA ensure I am always learning something new and interesting to add to my repertoire of skills. In 2016, I was named USPCA Personal Chef of the Year, which was an extremely rewarding honor as well as gratifying achievement. I also worked for a 3 star Michelin Chef Tom Sellers and his Sous Chef who worked for Celebrity Chef Gordon Ramsey.

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