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Favorite Italian-American caterers in Boston?

MC Slim JB Dec 2, 2011 09:37 PM

Trays of meatballs, lasagne, sausages, cutlets, pasta, salad, bread, salumi, etc. High quality, but red-saucy: nothing that would confuse and frighten my elderly great-aunt from Pahokey.

Within a 10-mile radius of the State House preferred, but all suggestions welcome. Thanks!


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    Gabatta Dec 3, 2011 03:27 AM

    Bob's in Medford has done a great job with this type of fare for us in the past. They are not a full service caterer if that is what you are lookIng for. The food will hit sweet spot with Italian relatives and others.

    Bob's Imported Food & Catering
    324 Main St, Medford, MA 02155

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    1. re: Gabatta
      Dave MP Dec 4, 2011 08:09 PM

      I second the Bob's recommendation

    2. MC Slim JB Dec 3, 2011 04:34 AM

      Thanks, Gabatta! Bob's was one I had in mind, for sure. And no, not full-service, merely a place that will cook in bulk for us and ideally deliver it hot, but no other on-site services needed.

      So one outcome I'm hoping for is to learn which restaurants in this category -- I'm thinking Carlo's, Rino's, Fiorella's, and their ilk -- also have a catering sideline.


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      1. re: MC Slim JB
        Gabatta Dec 3, 2011 04:51 AM

        You might do the hot dishes from somewhere like Rino's and the salumi and cheese from Tutto Italiano, Salumeria Italiano or Formaggio.

        1. re: MC Slim JB
          itaunas Dec 5, 2011 05:27 AM

          MC Slim JB as a Bob's regular if you are planning to use them to cater meatballs, order a small sub before committing. I find their meatballs too beefy for me and like more filler, plus a mix of meats (particularlly fattier meats). Otherwise their catering does a very good job and as you can tell many folks like their meatballs. Vinny's in Somerville does an excellent job with meatballs, although you will find them to be more expensive. Nappi Meats in Medford is a nice in between and has good meatballs, plus very easy access from 93N/S. I also like Dom's Sausage in Malden for a lot of things, except I don't like their sausage cooked in sauce because they cook their good sausage to death (I have eaten most of their catering options, but not as catered food and that is the only [surprising] stinker). For cold options Maria's Cold Cuts in Somerville does a good job at reasonable prices and they do have heat and serve options, but not certain where they stand on reopening after a neighboring fire (last month they were closed). I have had Avellino's catering and they do a lot of that, but not recently enough and would say that Bob's overall is better. If you want Italian red sauce beyond the basics, Pastalina's in Medford and Abbondanza in Everett are other possible ideas (probably around the same price range as Vinny's).

          1. re: itaunas
            bear Dec 5, 2011 06:25 AM

            itaunas, Maria's Cold Cuts is closed due to a fire, I'm pretty sure.

            I love Fiorella's and I'll throw Domenics's in Waltham into the mix.

            1. re: bear
              itaunas Dec 5, 2011 07:57 AM

              bear I am aware that Maria's closed as I was hoping to get a sub there, but was about to go two days after the fire and I ended up at Bob's instead. They seemed optimistic they would open reasonably soon (usually the case in these situations whether feasible or not), which was part of the reason I mentioned them as well in case someone had an update on where they stand. I wouldn't overlook Sessa's for some of the items and Capone's definitely sells a lot of these items frozen so sure they could also satisfy it. Lots of options, but my picks would probably be Vinny's meatballs, Nappi's, and maybe Pastalina's with Bob's as a decent option but not my pick for meatballs.

              1. re: itaunas
                bear Dec 11, 2011 09:05 AM

                itaunas, I drove by the place where Maria's used to be and the whole strip of stores that were damaged in the fire have been demolished. Hopefully Maria's will find a new spot or reopen in the new building.

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          rob44 Dec 3, 2011 05:58 AM

          The Meridian Market in East Boston does a great job with red-sauce italian food.
          You can't beat them for quality, quantity or price. They also deliver and are within the
          area you are asking for. Give them a try!

          1. digga Dec 3, 2011 06:02 AM

            My office loves Basta Pasta Cambridge - nice guy and they definitely do catering by the tray load (although we've never gotten the catering - we always eat in).

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              phonelady Dec 5, 2011 05:35 AM

              My office just picked Fulcinit's Market in Waltham - chicken parm is to die for!

              1. C. Hamster Dec 5, 2011 05:38 AM

                Antonio's on Cambridge St. near MGH makes trays if tasty food. Not sure if they deliver.

                Although I have consistently disliked Maggiano's, we had them cater a lunch with salad, pasta, picatta, parm, etc and it was surprisingly good. Their delivery policy is a bit slippery though

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                  Taralli Dec 5, 2011 06:06 AM

                  We have Spinelli's in East Boston, once every 5 wks, cater lunch at work for 60+. Usually, we have combo of prosciutto, sopressata & mortadella/chicken, ziti & broccoli in white garlic sauce/eggplant parm/meatballs/ziti in red sauce/cold green bean, red bliss potatoes, grape tomatoes & onion salad w/garlic vinaigrette dressing/tossed salad/rolls & butter. Hot food arrives hot in insulated conveyance. Salads arrive cool. http://spinellis.com/index.html

                  1. MC Slim JB Dec 7, 2011 05:42 PM

                    Thanks for all the suggestions, Hounds! I was confident enough of Bob's to recommend it, and I tasted the results myself, a home run.


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