Italia Cuisine Co.
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Hired 44 times
20 years in business
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Jul - Dec
Jul - Dec
Sweet 16th brunch celebration
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Birthday or anniversary party,
Bridal or baby shower,
American - casual,
Mexican or Latin American,
American - Southern,
Mediterranean or Middle Eastern,
Wedding and Event Catering
We hired Chef Paola to cook for a 50th Surprise Birthday party. She was a absolute blessing to our event. We had her cook in our home and everything she prepared was AMAZING! Our guests are still talking about the food. She was professional and a lot of fun! She also had a assistant "Brenda" with her and a bartender "Kim" who were both equally as great. I highly recommend using Chef Paola for your party needs.Apr 19, 2018Verified
Wedding and Event Catering
Chef Paola was a dream come true for my whole family, all 18 of them. Recently she planned and prepared a delicious dinner for our first night at a house we rented in Reunion. From my initial contact with her about one week before our arrival, she took control of everything which I totally welcomed. She provided a traditional italian famiglia menu which required gluten-free options and made the total experience from beginning to end perfecto! May husband and son, who have a very severe gluten allergy, were so happy to be served this amazing meal that even included a wonderful gluten-free desert. Needless to say, the whole family loved her, literally they wanted her to come to California so we can see her again. Chef Paola is the real deal. Skillful, delightful, talented and very Italiano. We love her and hope that this is not the last we will see of her.May 20, 2019Verified
Chef Paola is so much more than just a chef. She's a joy to watch and interact with while she works seemingly effortlessly in the kitchen. She was able to bring an amazing Italian meal into our home for a surprise birthday dinner, and she did so while catering the whole time for my vegan wife. If you're looking for a special dining experience, forget about going out -- call Chef Paola to bring the 5* dining experience into your own home.Jan 10, 2020
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, 2016Verified
I had the pleasure of being a guest at Chef Paola’s table hosted by a friend. With incredibly short notice she prepared a meal that transported us directly to Italy! Fantastic food and she is a pleasure to have in your kitchen.Sep 22, 2020
License Type: Caterer (FL)
Chef 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.