Matese Caterers Ristorante & Pizzeria
26-15 Francis Lewis Blvd., Flushing
Hours: Mon.-Sat. 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.; Sun. 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.
Credit Cards: Yes, all major
When it comes to catering, you want a place that fulfills all of your needs, while also managing to exceed your expectations. If you are looking for a fantastic Italian catering service that does all that and more, then Matese Caterers should be your first stop.
Matese came to the Queens Tribune office on Tuesday with a plethora of food. The Flushing restaurant puts an extreme amount of care into every item it creates. The work pays off with delicious, mouth-watering dishes that will leave you satisfied and anticipating your next Matese meal.
The Matese chefs have a wide range, mastering everything from crispy mozzarella sticks to more subtle stuffed mushrooms or baked clams. The mushrooms in particular were well-seasoned and held a perfect texture.
In terms of the main courses, the chicken parmigiana had a perfect balance of meat, sauce and cheese, all melded together for maximum flavor. The eggplant parmigiana was no slouch either! The chicken marsala was equally incredible, juicy and slathered in sauce.
The Frutti Di Mare offers a veritable cornucopia of deliciously cooked seafood, covered in just the right amount of marinara sauce that features a pinch of spice to stimulate the palette while not overpowering the natural saltiness of the shrimp, clams, mussels and calamari.
Another great entrée were the stuffed shells, perfectly portioned with a generous serving of ricotta cheese wrapped in the baked pasta and covered with a sweet tomato sauce that would remind any Italian of their grandmother’s home cooking.
Matese also pays attention to the staples and sides of an Italian meal. Fresh, salty garlic bread accompanied all entrees well, while the penne and linguini were cooked al dente and stood up with a variety of rich sauces.
Then there is the pizza. The gourmet pies are another highlight in a restaurant packed to the rafters with highlights. The barbecue chicken slice was bursting with flavor and filling enough to make a lunch on its own. The white slice was terrific, with a ton of ricotta cheese. The buffalo chicken pizza had a perfect flavor, the right amount of kick without being overpowering.
If you are having a party and want your guests to walk away happily full, go to Matese. Don’t have an event coming up? Then swing by for lunch or order for delivery. No matter what you get, you will not regret it.