Catering with Roma Restaurant in East Hartford

December is a time for families, friends and colleagues to gather and enjoy the joy of the season over great food. Whether you’re entertaining at your house or hosting a special work luncheon, Roma Restaurant in East Hartford, Connecticut will make sure it’s fast, easy and delicious. You’re sure to please every guest with meals like chicken parmesan, fresh salad, homemade garlic bread and dessert. Here’s what’s on our menu this year for Italian catering packages:     Catering Package 1: Ziti and Meatballs For $15 per person:
  • A large tray of ziti and meatballs
  • A small tray of garden or caesar salad
  • A small tray of brownies (or cannolis: $1 each)
  • 3 loaves of homemade Italian bread
  • Two 2-liter sodas
  • 12 bottled waters
  • Utensils, serving spoons and cups
  Catering Package 2: Pasta Primavera (vegetarian catering option) For $15 per person:
  • A large tray of pasta primavera (garlic sauce, pasta, broccoli, onions and mushrooms)
  • A small tray of garden or caesar salad
  • A small tray of brownies (or cannolis: $1 each)
  • 3 loaves of homemade Italian bread
  • Two 2-liter sodas
  • 12 bottled waters
  • Utensils, serving spoons and cups
  Catering Package 3: Ziti, Broccoli and Chicken For $15 per person:
  • A large tray of ziti, broccoli and chicken
  • A small tray of garden or caesar salad
  • A small tray of brownies (or cannolis, $1 each)
  • 3 loaves of homemade Italian bread
  • Two 2-liter sodas
  • 12 bottled waters
  • Utensils, serving spoons and cups
Catering Package 4: Chicken Parmesan and Ziti For $20 per person:
  • A large tray of chicken parmesan
  • A small tray of ziti marinara
  • A small tray of garden or caesar salad
  • A small tray of brownies (or cannolis, $1 each)
  • 3 loaves of homemade Italian bread
  • Two 2-liter sodas
  • 12 bottled waters
  • Utensils, serving spoons and cups
  Call Roma Restaurant if you’re looking for a catered work party or luncheon, a cocktail hour, or for your holiday dinner. Impress your coworkers and family with a delicious Italian catered meal right here in East Hartford. Our Italian meals for catering are made with the freshest ingredients and are sure to impress your guests.   Cap off your holiday party with a tray of our delicious brownies – a great way to end a perfect meal. All catering packages above include a small tray of homemade brownies. Upgrade to a small tray of cannolis instead for $1 each. Take the prep and cooking component out of your holiday plans and let Roma Restaurant do the catering. Treat your family or employees to the homemade flavors of Italy while getting them in the holiday spirit. We offer catering in East Hartford and to the many surrounding towns and businesses.

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Capa Di Roma spinach Lasagna

The Perfect Spinach Lasagna

Tonight we’re making spinach lasagna, a perfect family dish and a great alternative to meat lasagna for those trying to incorporate more vegetables or avoid meat.  This recipe takes about two hours to make from start to finish and yields 12 servings. What you’ll need:
  • 20 lasagna noodles
  • 2 tbsp. evoo
  • 1 cup fresh mushrooms, chopped
  • 1 cup onion, chopped
  • 2 cups spinach
  • 1 tbsp. garlic, minced
  • 2 tsp. dried oregano
  • 2 tsp. dried basil
  • 2/3 cup grated Romano cheese
  • 3 cups fresh ricotta cheese
  • 1 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1 egg
  • 3 cups shredded mozzarella cheese
  • 3 cups tomato sauce
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 1/2 tsp. ground black pepper
Step 1: Preheat your oven to 350 degrees to start.  First, we are boiling the lasagna noodles, so bring a large pot of water to boil and toss in the noodles for about eight minutes then drain. Step 2: In a large pan over medium heat, pour a little olive oil and cook your mushrooms, onions, and garlic until the onions soften. Let vegetables cool and move on to the spinach.  Boil the spinach for a few minutes and drain.  Drain excess liquids from all vegetables.  Chop the spinach. Step 3: In a large bowl, combine chopped spinach, Romano cheese, ricotta cheese, salt, oregano, basil, pepper, and egg.  Add sauteed vegetables and beat with an electric mixer on a low speed. Step 4: In a medium baking dish, lay lasagna noodles side by side in one layer.  There will be three layers so spread one third of your mixture over the noodles and then one cup of mozzarella and Parmesan cheese.  Repeat this layering process two more times. Step 5: Cover your spinach lasagna with aluminum foil and bake in the oven for one hour. Let us know how you like this recipe!

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Wines to try this fall Capa di Roma

Wines to Try This Fall (And What to Pair With Them!)

It feels officially like fall here, and we’re transitioning our dishes to fit with the season! One of the most fun ways to get in the spirit of any new season is to try some different wines!  Today we’re looking at which wines work best with all things autumn and we’re giving you some pairing options too to get the most out of them! Reds — Light to medium-bodied red wines with a wide range of spices go well with many autumn dishes and bring you right into the season feeling.  Our picks are Syrah, Grenache, Pinot Noir.
  • Syrah – play with your spice rack for this one. Allspice, clove and mint really bring out its flavor and fit into a number of fall dishes.
  • Grenache – goes perfectly with braises and stews. Long, slow cooked roasts of pork or lamb make a great compliment to this wine.
  • Pinot Noir – creamy soups like butternut squash based soups bring out the fruity tones of Pinot Noir.
Whites — Viognier, Roussanne or Chardonnay make excellent compliments to fall meals.
  • Viognier – It’s easy in the fall to throw some cinnamon into your dishes, and it will bring a flavor blast when paired with this white.
  • Roussanne – the rich flavors of this wine will be brought out by roast pork or veal.
  • Chardonnay – this favorite is the perfect match with simply seasoned chicken or pork.
Have you paired any wines with autumnal foods this season yet? Let us know on our facebook page!

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Capa Di Roma Seafood

Frutti di Mare Recipe

Have you ever tried Frutti di Mare? This one is for anyone who can’t get enough of seafood! In any seaside Italian city, you will find a frutti di mare dish on the menu.  It’s usually with a base of spaghetti or linguine, and filled with a mixture of tasty, fresh seafood like scallops, clams, mussels, and shrimp.  This dish is a bit more complicated since there are several ingredients, but it will be well worth it! What you’ll need:
  • 1 tbsp. extra virgin olive oil
  • 10 ounces spaghetti
  • 1/2 cup dry white wine
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • red pepper flakes
  • 12 littleneck clams
  • 3/4 cup tomato sauce
  • 12 mussels
  • 10 shrimp
  • 4 large sea scallops, cut or 10-12 small scallops
  • calamari – optional
  • 1/4 cup fresh parsley, chopped
  • salt and pepper to taste
Step 1: Bring a large pot of water to boil.  In a separate pan, heat your oil over medium heat and saute garlic until browned.  Add red pepper flakes and stir for one minute. Step 2: Add wine and clams and cover.  Cook for 5-7 minutes over medium heat.  Cook your spaghetti in the large pot in the meantime. Step 3: Remove the cover of your pan, and simmer for one minute.  Add tomato sauce, salt and pepper and stir.  Add in the other seafood and cook until the clams and mussels open.  Grab your pasta with tongs right from the large pot, let the water drain off, and add it to the pan of sauce.  Add parsley at the end and buon appetito!

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Capa Di Roma Olive Bread

Olive bread, one of our favorites

Tonight we’re making olive bread, one of our favorites! We are crazy about olives and if you are too, you’ve found the right recipe! Olive bread is a flavorful, creative twist on the usual plain bread, and makes a great side to your dinner or a yummy snack on its own.  Our recipe is for the oven too, so no bread maker needed! (bonus!)  This whole recipe will take about three hours to make! What you’ll need:
  • 1/2 cup chopped and pitted olives (we like Kalamata!)
  • 2 3/4 cup all purpose flour
  • 1 cup water
  • 1.5 tsp. instant yeast
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1/2 tsp. garlic powder
  • 2 tsp. extra virgin olive oil
Step 1: In a mixer, combine yeast, flour, water, salt, garlic powder and olive oil and roughly mix using a spatula.  Let your mixture rest for 15 minutes (this activates the yeast). Step 2: Knead dough in the mixture (with the proper attachment) for five minutes, slowly pouring olives into the mixture.  If the dough gets too sticky to the walls of the bowl, add a little flour. Step 3: Coat a mixing bowl in olive oil, and transfer your dough to this bowl.  Cover and leave in a warm area to rise for about 60 minutes. Step 4: Knead the dough and then transger to a baking sheet lines with paper.  Shape your dough into a loaf and let rest here for another 60 minutes.  Preheat the oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit. Step 5: Dust your loaf with flour and make three little cuts in the top of the loaf with a knife.  Place the baking sheet on the middle rack of the oven and bake for 30 minutes. Step 6: Remove your sheet from the oven and let cool before slicing! Buon appetito!

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pizza combination

Pizza Topping Combinations- At Home!

There are infinite pizza topping combinations to try and if you’re anything like us, you need a little taste of them all! With our Capa di Roma pizza sauce as base, there are endless pizzas to be made! Today we are catering these recipes to all the meat lovers out there!  We have a few basic meat topped pizzas and a couple off the beaten path options as well.  So, try them out, let us know what you think!! 1. The Classic Meat Lover
  • tomato sauce
  • mozzarella cheese
  • pepperoni
  • iItalian sausage
  • salami
  • bell peppers
  1. Hawaiian Meat Lover
  • tomato sauce
  • mozzarella cheese
  • pineapple chunks
  • canadian bacon
  1. Prosciutto Lover
  • tomato sauce
  • mozzarella cheese
  • prosciutto crudo
  • rosemary
  • onion
  • black pepper
  1. Chicken Pesto
  • pesto sauce
  • mozzarella cheese
  • marinated herbed grilled chicken
  • (vegetables if you’d like)
  1. The Ultimate 
  • tomato sauce
  • freshly grated fontina cheese
  • grated provolone cheese
  • parmiggiano-reggiano cheese
  • prosciutto
  • bacon
  • sweet italian sausage
  • pepperoni
  • freshly cut chives
  • fresh cilantro
Now tell me you’re not hungry.  Buon appetito!!

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prosecco cocktails

Simple Italian Drinks- Roma Favorites!

Today we’re bringing you three simple recipes for a few of our refreshing, Italian favorites!  We’re whipping up bellinis, negronis, and rossinis today, and showing you how easy it can be to make one up at home too! Perfect for a poolside party, or a summer gathering, these drinks will add a cool touch to any upcoming occassion. Bellini Ingredients:
  • 4 white peaches
  • 1 part sugar syrup
  • 4 parts prosecco
To make your peach puree, peel and blend your peaches and refigerate until cold.  Then combine two parts puree with 1 part syrup and pour this into your glass first.  Add the prosecco and enjoy! Rossini Ingredients:
  • 1 lb. ripe strawberries
  • 2 tbsp. white sugar
  • 1 tbsp. fresh lemon juice
  • Prosecco
In a food processor, mix strawberries, sugar, and lemon juice until smooth and refrigerate.  To serve, pour mixture in to your glass first, then add prosecco. Negroni Ingredients:
  • Dry gin
  • Campari
  • Vermouth Rosso
Mix one ounce of each ingredient with cracked ice in a cocktail shaker.  Strain into cocktail glasses and garnish with orange peel! Which one is your favorite?

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Capa Di Roma Shrimp Scampi

Shrimp Scampi in Two Easy Steps

Shrimp scampi is a crowd pleaser, and even better, it’s pretty easy to prepare!  In today’s post, we’re sharing a great recipe for this dish that’s also a lighter dinner option for yourself and the family.  This recipe will make about 4 servings. Let’s get cooking! What you’ll need:
  • 1 lb. jumbo shrimp, shelled and deveined
  • 1 lb. pasta of your choice (we love spaghetti or linguini)
  • 4 tbsp. Capa di Roma extra virgin olive oil
  • juice of one medium lemon
  • 1 clove of garlic, finely chopped
  • 1/3 cup fresh parsley, chopped
  • 1 medium onion, finely chopped
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • grated parmesan cheese (optional)
Now this is only a 2 step recipe!! Step 1:  Boil a pot of water for your pasta and throw it in while you cook your shrimp.  In a medium skillet, heat your oil over medium heat and add all ingredients except the cheese.  Sautee all ingredients, stirring often, until the shrimp are pink. Step 2: Combine with your pasta, drizzle a little more olive oil if desired, and sprinkle with cheese.  Buon appetito!

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Capa Di Roma Basil

Basil- an Italian Staple!

Ciao ciao! Basil is a very prominent ingredient in Italian cuisine and in addition to adding some rich flavor to your dish, it has many health benefits as well! Our beloved basil…
  • is rich in Vitamin K, which builds strong bones and helps to prevent heart disease.
  • has antibacterial and antimicrobial properties and have been shown to fight harmful bacteria, yeast, mold, viruses and inhibit their growth.
  • has cancer fighting phytochemicals.
  • is antiinflammatory.
  • is contains powerful antioxidants that fight free radical damage.  Bonus: These same antioxidants fight the effects of aging as well!
  • produces detoxifying enzymes that help support liver function and detox the body.
Here at Capa di Roma we have a Fresh Basil Sauce that is a delicious way to incorporate this super food into your diet! Fortunately for us, we can sprinkle fresh basil leaves (or dried!) on just about any italian dish.  So get sprinkling!

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Roma Pesto Pasta

Pesto Recipe- One of Our Favorites!

Buongiorno tutti! This is a really fun recipe and maybe something you haven’t tried before, but there’s nothing quite like fresh pesto sauce!  This can sound like a daunting task if you’ve never tried it, but there’s not actually too much involved in making your own pesto sauce the good old fashioned way, and it really pays off! There are so many things you can do with pesto, and it’s of course always a favorite over pasta.  Let’s get cooking! What you’ll need:

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Bruschetta Capa Di Roma

Easy Summer Bruschetta

Who doesn’t love a fresh, light appetizer like bruschetta? It’s simple to throw together and always a favorite.  We even make a dinner out of it sometimes because it’s just so tasty. There are so many recipes options and variations to make, but today we wanted to share a classic recipe everyone will be sure to love!

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Pizza Margherita with Capa Di Roma Pizza Sauce

Pizza margherita is a staple for any pizza lover! The red of the tomato sauce, the white of the mozzarella cheese, and the green of the basil leaves make up the colors of (one very delicious) Italian flag.  This classic pizza can be found anywhere in Italy, and now, in your very own kitchen.  The one perfect ingredient that you were missing up till now? Capa di Roma Pizza Sauce of course! So, are you ready to spice up your pizza game?

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Capa Di Roma Classic Eggplant Parmesan

Tonight on the menu: classic eggplant parmesan! A good eggplant parm can be just the satisfying dinner you’re looking for so we are offering up our scrumptious recipe today. This recipe will make about 10 servings, so it’s perfect for a family dinner with some leftovers for tomorrow night!

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