We recently threw yet another office party, or more specifically, an Italian pasta party, with the catering provided by Cafe Sistina. They don’t indicate anywhere on their menu or website that they do catering, yet we were delighted to discover upon calling them that they indeed do offer it.
For a head count of 60 people, plus or minus about 5, the total came out $560 including tax, which comes out to $9.33 per person. Good deal, considering it will cost you about twice that to eat in the restaurant.
With that, we chose a salad and three different pastas, while they also threw in their complimentary and most excellent dinner bread rolls.
We begin with Insalata Contandina…
The salad was accompanied with what tasted like very high quality imported Extra Virgin Olive Oil combined with Balsamic Vinegar…
Cafe Sistina – Extra Virgin Olive Oil and Balsamic Vinegar
Here we have the house dinner bread rolls…
The bread rolls are accompanied with a pesto compound butter…
Time to carbo-load, starting with the Orecchiette Melanzane…
Next we have Salciccia al Chianti…
Our pasta party wraps up with more penne, this time with chicken and mushrooms in what is called Pollo Porcini…
That works for me. Everything looks and indeed smelled absolutely delicioso!
Now let’s take a look at ten different ways people plate-up three different pasta entrees, a salad and dinner bread…
There on the front side you can see those most excellent Italian Sausages in the Salciccia al Chianti.
And here you can see the big chunks of chicken breast and porcini mushrooms in the Pollo Porcini Penne.
Hana ‘koko-le-le, these two folks didn’t grab any salad. Come on now, you need them greens!
Ah, that’s better. Check it out, they even went as far as “arranging” the cucumbers in a neat and tidy row. Nice! lol Only thing they’re missing is that awesome grilled eggplant. That’s OK, more for me!
Eggplant, check. Tomatoes, check. Feta cheese, check. Cucumber, check. The salad’s almost complete, except they’re missing the frittata.
A good dose of parmesan cheese for the finishing touch.
Ah, finally, the salad is complete! Or is it? I don’t see any EVOO and balsamic vinegar on there.
I guess this person doesn’t like chicken, as it’s missing the Pollo Porcini Penne.
One more, mine…
As is often the case at a buffet, my eyes were bigger than my stomach, as this easily became two meals on one plate, with enough leftover for lunch the next day as well, and a very tasty one at that!
In fact, these catered trays of pasta were so large, even with sixty mouths to feed, we still had almost a full pan leftover of the various pastas, while the salad pretty much got wiped out. We also had plenty of dinner bread rolls leftover that made for good snackin’ for the next couple days.
As for the taste, everything was delicious. Just like when you dine-in at Cafe Sistina, our catered food was all prepared-to-order where when our girls went to go pick up the food at the restaurant, the cook had just finished pouring it in the srevice pans. Even without sterno, all the pasta entrees were still piping hot by the time we were served around noon. With that, the pasta in each entree were still perfectly al dente. Nice. Most notable, under the guidance of Chef and owner Sergio Mitrotti, Cafe Sistina’s northern Italian sauces and preparations are for the most part just fantastic. I won’t go as far as saying this is the best Italian food on the island, but it’s certainly respectably high on the list.
Summing it up, if you’re looking for a good place to cater your next pasta party, Cafe Sistina would be a great choice. The food is prepared just before pick-up, arriving to the service line piping hot. The food quality, sauces and preparations are all fantastic, while the pasta is cooked perfectly al dente, and the salad is served cold, fresh and crispy. While the excellent crusty and supple complementary dinner bread rolls bring it all home. All within budget. Winner, winner, catered pasta party dinner. Err, lunch that is.
1314 South King street
Honolulu, Hawaii 96814
The Tasty Island rating (for a catered pasta party lunch):
(3) Very Good. Considerable of another visit or purchase. (Supah’ Ono!)
• Makiki Eats: Cafe Sistina – The Tasty Island