Who doesn’t like Italian food? Its rich and creamy sauces, its lovely pasta and its decadent desserts are just the thing to serve to your company’s in-house event. Italian cuisine is certainly easy to plan for your Washington, DC metropolitan area corporate catering, whether it’s for lunch, dinner, or a special celebration.
Italian cuisine is flexible and items on the menu can easily be mixed and match to create an endless array of awesome dishes. Consider these 10 delicious ideas.
#1. Antipasto Appetizers
A colorful and tempting antipasto platter offers small bites like creamy cheeses, roasted or raw vegetables, cured meats, olives, crostini, and more. It’s a meal you can nibble on or serve as a filling appetizer, depending on how much you order and how many people you need to serve.
#2. Caprese Salad
Buffalo mozzarella atop thick slices of tomato and topped with basil. This dish reflects the colors of the Italian flag and is a favorite the world round. It is also appropriate for those with gluten-free and vegetarian needs.
#3. Fettuccini Alfredo
With thick noodles served with a creamy Alfredo sauce and sprinkled with freshly shaved Parmesan, this dish will may anyone feel special. Vary your order with the addition of shrimp or chicken.
#4. Stuffed Shells
Giant shells are stuffed with a ricotta and spinach filling and smothered with thick marinara sauce to create this filling and economical dish.
Layers of pasta sheets, a meaty Bolognese meat sauce, and creamy cheeses create a hearty feast filling enough for lunch or dinner. Serve it with a crusty bread and a green salad for a complete meal.
#6. Chicken Parmesan
If you want a meat dish, choose chicken Parmesan over a bed of tasty marinara-coated spaghetti. The chicken cutlets are pounded thin, coated with breadcrumbs and pan-fried until golden brown.
Spaghetti is one of those staples of Italian cuisine that can be fancied up or served casually, depending upon the occasion. A constant Italian catering favorite is, of course, spaghetti served with tender meatballs that have been simmering for hours.
#8. Pizza and Flatbreads
There’s no rule that you can’t serve pizza and the more elegant flatbread selections at your corporate lunch or dinner. Almost any combination works well on either choice. Select a meat-eaters option, or serve the gluten-free and vegetarian needs in your office with a variety of pizza or flatbread choices.
#9. Eggplant Parmesan
Impress your staff and guests at your corporate event with an attractive and aromatic eggplant Parmesan that pleases both the meat eaters and vegetarians in your group. Eggplant slices are fried, layered with melted mozzarella cheese, drizzled with marinara and coated with a shower of grated Parmesan cheese.
One of the world’s most favorite Italian desserts is tiramisu, featuring tender ladyfingers soaked in espresso to give it its distinctive coffee flavor, and layers of mascarpone cream.
Corporate Catering with Italian Favorites from Maison Culinaire
Italian food catering is always a crowd pleaser. Whether it is for a Northern Virginia, Washington, DC or Maryland office, with so many options you can’t go wrong.
One of our most popular corporate programs is our daily luncheon service offering five different menu items each day, all freshly prepared with top-quality ingredients. Download our Corporate Event Guide for corporate catering ideas and menus.