In England most people look for "wedding caterers" to
organise their wedding and 'supply' the food. This not how
it happens in Italy!
Our wedding day (that's us on the right!) was far too important to entrust to 'caterers' and we wanted an Italian wedding. So we made our own food, chose our favourite wine and beers, organised our own entertainment, invitations, venue and even our own wedding website. Most importantly, we created our own menu and cooked and served our own homemade food.
'Catering' in the Italian sense is a community actvity using
family recipes with each person contributing their skill and
family experience. Food and conviviality is at the heart of an Italian wedding.
Consequently, Squisito is a wedding 'caterer' with a
difference. Unlike conveyor belt caterers, Squisito have no set menu for brides to choose from since we ask you what you want and make a menu and food to suit you and your guests and your location. As a genuine food producer
Squisito cater for all dietary requirements and budgets.
True to our Italian ethos Squisito make all of our food
using fresh local ingredients topped up with artisan
Italian specialities like fresh burata from Campania
in season or Sara's handmade Italian delicacies like
Arista di Maiale which is Tuscan style loin of pork with our own smoked fennel. With our own butchery you can be sure that our meat tastes good. Click here to see some of our menus.
Another difference is that you will always receive Sara's personal service because Squisito only accept a few wedding commissions per month and we only cater for one wedding on a day with our regular and experienced team.
Sara is happy to pass on her experience with large
events and use her management skills to ensure
problems are avoided so that you and your guests can
relax and enjoy good food on your special day.
A typical wedding menu requires just as much planning as any other part of the day. To begin with Sara discusses your idea and goes over the venue, location and date with you. We then supply a draft list of menu options and costs based on your feedback then then let you refine the menu to second draft with more detailed costings and options. At this point we invite you to lunch or dinner to test the menu and discuss your plans.
Often Squisito will advise suitable wine pairings and go over all your other requirements from glasses and crockery to cooking equipment and lighting at your venue. Once we have established a working menu we will visit your venue and check out the practicalities so there are no hitches on the day whether your venue is in a Town Hall or a teepee in a field. About this point we will take a deposit and finalise the booking so we can plan waiting staff, book equipment, crockery and order, make or grow ingredients.
Squisito don't have an upper or lower limit for guest numbers or budget since all of our weddings are bespoke.
With a wide and varied experience of different locations from stately homes to warehouses, vilage halls to your family back garden, with Squisito you can be confident we will cope with the weather and realise you dream. Most importantly, Sara cooks for you on the day - our brides' and guests reviews below speak for themselves!
Squisito are BBC Good Fod Show 'Midlands Best Deli 2016', (also shortlisted 2015), Northamptonshire Local Food Hero of the Year Runner-Up 2014/2015, nominated Butcher's Shop of The Year Awards 2013 'New Butchery Business of the Year', nominated 'Best Producer' & 'Best cheap eats (under £15 per head)' in the Observer Food Monthly Awards 2013, BBC Food and Farming Awards 2013 'Best Street Food' Award Winner, shortlisted 'Best Food Producer' in BBC Food and Farming Awards 2012 and Slow Food UK 'Good, Clean & Fair Producer' Bursary Award Winners 2008 & 2010
Sara’s food is delicious!
We picked Squisito as our wedding caterer as we wanted a relaxed style of tasty and filling food for our wedding breakfast and Sara delivered this! We knew from our tasting that Sara’s food was right for us. She served us up a huge amount of delicious food that it was so hard to choose what options to have.
The Italian sharing style was perfect for our day. We wanted to offer large antipasti selections for our guests as a starter. Sara took on board our ideas and specific requests – we wanted a fish crostini as a canapé for example so she made an absolutely delicious mackerel pate (this was the only canapé I managed to eat on the day but our guests commented on how tasty and plentiful the canapés were). Sara tailored the antipasti platter on our request to include a delicious seafood salad and an amazing cold tomato soup shot. By choosing Squisito you also get to benefit from the choices of amazing meats and cheeses from the deli – we had a selection of meats on the antipasti platters and offered cheese plates as a dessert option (the cheese plates went down very well – all of the cheeses are AMAZING!). We chose the porchetta, hake and peppers as our mains which were all equally tasty. Everyone commented on how much delicious food there was – the sharing portions of pork in particular were huge and the meat was so tender!
We also took advantage of the fact that Sara makes amazing gelatos and sorbets in some interesting flavours – we chose the margarita sorbet, vanilla and salted caramel dulce de leche and raspberry ripple gelatos to serve in the evening. Sara also kindly incorporated our wedding logo onto the labels of the individual tubs which were just perfect.
Thank you so much to Sara and the Squisito team for all of their hard work and effort to make our wedding food so special!
Many thanks again!
Natasha and Jack, London,
Jai and Josh,
We had the most amazing experience at the deli. Your husband, Alex, was fantastic - such great stories and information about all the food we were trying. When we left I said to Josh 'yes we definitely chose the right people'. We had the best time and couldn't leave without taking a platter of cheese up to Josh's parents who were similarly impressed. I shared an instagram post about it with a few photos.
Jemma and Mike, Islington Assembly Rooms, London
“Sara, it was absolutely amazing. Thank you so much. It was everything we hoped for and more (being able to have pasta on our menu!!).”
Laura and Tom, Arundel, West Sussex
“Thank you for an absolutely superb wedding! From beginning to end, it was spot on. It was a pleasure to work with you in planning the menu and organising the meal, we loved our taste testing session and dinner with you and the food on the day was incredible.
Not only did guests tell us it was the best food they had ever had at a wedding, a number thought it was one of the best meals they’d ever had! Even our friends from London were blown away.
It was a huge amount of work and exceptional value for money, especially given the sourcing of ingredients and how much of it was homemade. You stepped in when our fancy London restaurant let us down and you more than gave Boca di Lupo a run for their money.
Thank you again for helping make our special day something to really remember.”
Stephanie and Seb, Rye, East Sussex
“Just a small note to say a huge THANK YOU for everything you've done for Seb and I and your help with the wedding! We do not stop hearing from our guests how incredible the food was. The phrase ‘best food we’ve ever had at a wedding’ gets said a lot! It was also just a joy to meet you and your lovely team who all helped to make our day extra special. It wouldn't have been the same without you. I hope we can keep in touch.”
Jo and Harvey, Bridgnorth, Shropshire
Just wanted to say thank you from both of us for all your efforts at the weekend.
We have received a LOT of positive feedback about the food. Example attached/below. We expect to get some pics involving the food and will send over any good ones.
David and Barbara, Headstone Manor, Harrow
“Thank you so much for making our wedding extra tasty! Everyone loved the food and we got loads of amazing feedback. And thank you for being extra patient with us and having such a great attention to detail. We would highly recommend you!”
Flora and Mark, Braxted Park Estate, Essex
“We couldn't have been happier with the food, the presentation including our unique Squisito designed menu/placemats and the delicious Limoncello and Nocino. You understood what we wanted to achieve because you share the same completely authentic and exquisite feast of the senses. Thank you for all you did. You really went the extra mile for us and we appreciate it so much”.
"Sara and the Squisito team did an outstanding job of the catering at our wedding, it was an Italian themed wedding and the service, attention to detail and quality of the food was second to none. So many of the guests complimented the food, especially the sausage canapés, and with the meats and cheeses coming from there own deli it gave a very local feel and quality to the service. Sara couldn't have done more in ensuring everything went to plan and we couldn't thank her enough for all her and her teams effort on the day.
Again thank you for everything made the day even more special
Charlie and Victoria, Lincoln
"We just wanted to say thank you so much for all your hard work, it really paid off! It was exactly what we wanted the whole atmosphere of the day everything was perfect and the food contributed massively to this.
Everyone has commented on how amazing the food was and we couldn't agree more. So thank you so so so much for helping create the most special day we could have hoped for :)
all the best"
Susan & James xxxx
"Sara it was all absolutely amazing thank you so so much, it was everything we wished for and more (pasta!!!) Definitely catch up when we're back and we can send over a testimonial and pics! xxx" Jemma & Mike
"Dear Sara, Thank you so much for all your patient guidance and helping in the run-up to our wedding and for battling against adverse kitchen conditions on the day to produce a magnificent feast for us and all our guests. You were stellar!!! With much love, Hannah and John, Rugby
"You lived up to all our expectations . . . and I have enjoyed sampling after the event. Hope to see you again sometime” Jeannie
“Dear Sara, Thanks a million to you and your staff for doing such a great job in circumstances that were not easy! Great food - so many comments on the amazing food and your helpfulness. WELL DONE! Keep in touch!!” Rupert
"Hi Sara and Alex
Back from our second honeymoon now! Just wanted to thank you both so very much for catering our 25th anniversary party. We were delighted with the food, we had many, many positive comments. Thank you both once again." Caroline & Cary
"Been meaning to write and say a big 'Thank You!' The comments we have been getting about the food have been amazing. In particular my foodie Dad was bowled over. Tim, St Albans
"Thanks you for a wonderful evening on Saturday. The food, the location and the lovely people - all wonderful" Janice
"Thank you for making our wedding day so special. Well not just the day but the run up too. We are so pleased that we found you guys and admire your passion for all things fresh and Italian. Your food and spirit is wonderful and we had so many lovely comments. Thank you again and to your team who were wonderful on the day. Thanks you also for the cute wedding card and Venice honeymoon tips"
"A huge thank you to both of you and all your lovely staff at Squisito. Thank you for running around like crazy people when the heavens opened . . . the thought was appreciated"
Sima & Scott
“We would like to say a big Thank You to all who made our Wedding Day so special. The food was superb - particularly the crespelle alla funghi and the braised lamb with anchovies. Catering for nearly two hundred saw you and your team do a marvellous job. Thank you again. PS The chocolate souffle cake was gorgeous.”
Dominic & Teri
“Such a joy to eat fabulous local food, cleverly cooked with a love and knowledge of the good things in life.”
Fran & Jeff
“A HUGE thank you for everything you did for us - everyone commented that the food was outstanding, the evening food too, which is very rare.”
Rebecca & Neil