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 Delta variant. I’m fully vaccinated.. Feel confortable to HIRE me with a peace in mind. I’M CERTIFIED & INSURED 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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Hired 48 times

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2 employees

22 years in business

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This pro indicated that they reviewed CDC safety guidelines for COVID-19 and pledged to do the following:

Maintain 6 feet of distance from customers

Wear masks during the job

Wear gloves during the job

Disinfect surfaces touched during the job

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

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Graham A.
Aug 16, 2016
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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.
Event Catering (Drop-off)
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Buddy J.
Nov 29, 2020
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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!!!

Details: Holiday party • Cocktail hour or hors d'oeuvres • Italian • Small bites • No, drop off only • Home • Yes, full kitchen • Fewer than 20 guests • Premium (high end ingredients)

Wedding and Event Catering
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Maggie S.
Jul 2, 2021
The meal prepared was absolutely amazing - every course was delicious! I would highly recommend hiring Chef Paola for any event - she is professional, personable, and is an amazing chef. Her meal was the best I have ever had! Thank you, Chef Paola!
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Meagan R.
Jun 5, 2021
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We had a wonderful experience with Chef Paola! There were so many things to celebrate that weekend, and we had an incredible family reunion dinner celebration. Food was great, she and her team were charming and personable. She worked with me to create a custom menu, and was very flexible when we had a date change snafu (my fault). There were 15 adults and we all had a great experience. Highly recommend.

Details: Brunch / dinner party • 21 - 35 guests • Breakfast / brunch • Standard (basic ingredients) • Dessert • Southern • American - casual • Nut allergies • Meal prepared onsite • Only once • My home, venue, etc.

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Kim J.
Apr 19, 2018
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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.

Details: Party host • Birthday / anniversary party • Cocktail hour / hors d'oeuvres • Cold beverages (alcoholic) • American - casual • Small bites • Only drop off is necessary • Home • Yes - full kitchen (oven, stove, refrigerator, sink, and utensils) • 21 - 30 guests • $$ (standard)

Wedding and Event Catering
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Maria Paola Santagati

FAQs

  • 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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