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3 Reasons to Get Italian for Christmas | Catering Greenville NC

At Famiglia Italian American Restaurants, catering throughout Greenville, NC, Pitt County, NC, and surrounding areas, we love bringing families around the dinner table. Because of that, Christmas and other holidays this season are close to our hearts. We love the spirit of bringing together different cultures and all dining together and experiencing it. We love having traditional Italian dishes alongside more traditional ones like ham and gingerbread men. We know that not everyone eats Italian on Christmas, but we think it’s a great experience. With that in mind, here are 3 reasons to add Italian to your Christmas feast.

1. Find Something For Every Diet

Whether family members have dietary needs or are simply picky, there is something for everyone at Famiglia Italian American Restaurants in Greenville, NC and surrounding areas. From our selection of pizza’s to appetizer favorites like Mozzarella Wedges, Fried Calamari, and our Antipasto Plate, there’s something for everyone to be happy with. You don’t have to have anyone with an empty plate, whether you get catering or decide to eat out at our restaurants.

2. Have Some Great Pasta Dishes

Just because it’s Christmas doesn’t mean you have to serve ham and all the extras. Think about what’s important for you and your family. At Famiglia Italian American Restaurant, we’re dedicated to bringing our different heritages into every meal. At these restaurants, we strive to bring families back around the dinner table in Greenville, NC. We’re dedicated to bringing the legacy of home cooked Italian meals and love of new American traditions together at the dinner table. Every meal you eat at our restaurants comes from not only our Northern and Southern Italian heritage but from our breadth of experiences— from Long Island, NY all the way to Greenville, NC. Try adding some pasta to the dinner table whether as an alternate option for vegetarian eaters or just another great main dish. Whether you choose something Eggplant Parmesan, Shrimp Scampi, or Pasta Carbonara, you’ll be adding another great thing to be jolly for to the table.

3. Get Some Vino

At Famiglia Italian American Restaurants in Greenville, NC, we know that the right wine can bring a meal to the next level. That’s why our restaurants are proud to offer a full-service bar serving up fresh cocktails and competitive prices on all beer, wine, and liquour to our patrons. Our bartenders recommend a light sparkling white for early sipping during appetizers, and a white and a red for the main course.  For more specific Wine pairing tips, check out our blog post.

Ready for Some Italian?

Whether you want catering for your next event or want to dine in at Famiglia Italian American Restaurants, don’t hesitate to stop by. Whether you’re interested in a slice of NY Pizza, a hearty Italian soup, or a plate of pasta— we invite you to sit down and enjoy. Bring the whole family, take a seat, and let us take care of you. Contact us today if you have any questions.

 

3 Reasons to Love Brunch | Restaurants Greenville NC

As restaurant lovers in Greenville, NC and surrounding areas know, the best thing about the weekend is getting brunch. At Famiglia Italian American Restaurants, we’re particularly passionate about this mid-morning meal. We love meeting with friends and family, having waffles and frittatas with our full-service bar, and just celebrating. If you’re looking for a great way to meet your family and friends this weekend, here are 3 reasons to enjoy brunch at Famiglia.

1. Something for Every Craving

Whether you’re in the mood for something sweet or salty, something hearty or light, breakfast or lunch, there’s surely something on the brunch menu for every member of your party. At Famiglia, our restaurants have omelettes, frittatas, waffles, fresh fruit, and even offer breakfast pizza to satisfy everyone you invite in Greenville, NC.

2. Get Two Meals in One

For those of us with busy lives, even on the weekend, brunch is the perfect meal. You can save time and money by eating out just once in the middle of the day, rather than planning multiple meals at different times. It’s also great for both early risers and your friends that sleep until noon on the weekends. Our menu is available all weekend 11 am to 2pm, so there’s time to eat with all your loved ones.

3. Enjoy Great Company

Brunch isn’t all about the food—it’s about being able to share it with friends and family and bond over a leisurely meal. At Famiglia Italian American Restaurant, we’re passionate about bringing families around the table again. Weekend Brunch is the perfect way to do that.

If you’re looking for brunch in Winterville or Greenville, NC? You can enjoy the best brunch we have to offer. If you’re interested in learning more, check out what we have to offer and our full brunch menu. Ready to come to our table? Contact us today!

3 Ways to Add Italian to Your Thanksgiving | Restaurants Greenville NC

At Famiglia Italian American Restaurants, serving Greenville, NC, Pitt County, NC, and surrounding areas, we love bringing families around the dinner table. Because of that, Thanksgiving is particularly close to our hearts. We love the spirit of bringing together different cultures and all dining together and experiencing it. We love having traditional Italian dishes alongside more traditional ones like Turkey and Sweet Potato Pie. We know that not everyone eats Italian on Thanksgiving, but we think it’s a great experience. Want to add some Italian to your Thanksgiving spread? Here are 3 tips straight from our chef.

1. Have the Vino Ready

At Famiglia Italian American Restaurants in Greenville, NC, we know that the right wine can bring a meal to the next level. That’s why our restaurants are proud to offer a full-service bar serving up fresh cocktails and competitive prices on all beer, wine, and liquour to our patrons. Our bartenders recommend a light sparkling white for early sipping during appetizers, and a white and a red for the main course.  For more specific Wine pairing tips, check out our blog post.

2. Add Classic Italian Appetizers

While the turkey is still in the oven, it’s a great idea to have something for you and the guests to munch on. Try putting out a charcuterie plate or a bruschetta. Our charcuterie antipasto plate comes with spicy salami, pepperoni, black olives, prosciutto, capicola, fresh mozzarella, and fresh tomatoes. It’s a perfect way to satisfy pre-dinner munchies and a way to socialize. Our Bruschetta has crusty Italian bread topped with fresh diced tomatoes, olive oil, and fresh basil pesto. Whether you make it yourself or get it catered or delivered, it’s sure to be a crowd pleaser

3. Try a Little Pasta

Just because it’s Thanksgiving doesn’t mean you have to serve turkey. Think about what’s important for you and your family. At Famiglia Italian American Restaurant, we’re dedicated to bringing our different heritages into every meal. At these restaurants, we strive to bring families back around the dinner table in Greenville, NC. We’re dedicated to bringing the legacy of home cooked Italian meals and love of new American traditions together at the dinner table. Every meal you eat at our restaurants comes from not only our Northern and Southern Italian heritage but from our breadth of experiences— from Long Island, NY all the way to Greenville, NC. Try adding some pasta to the dinner table whether as an alternate option for vegetarian eaters or just another great main dish. Whether you choose something Eggplant Parmesan, Shrimp Scampi, or Pasta Carbonara, you’ll be adding another great thing to be thankful for to the table.

Ready for Some Italian?

Whether you want catering for your next event or want to dine in at Famiglia Italian American Restaurants, don’t hesitate to stop by. Whether you’re interested in a slice of NY Pizza, a hearty Italian soup, or a plate of pasta— we invite you to sit down and enjoy. Bring the whole family, take a seat, and let us take care of you. Contact us today if you have any questions.

3 Reasons to Consider Catering | Catering Greenville NC

Whether for a wedding, family reunion, or any big get together, at Famiglia Italian American Restaurant, we hope you’ll consider getting catering for your event in Greenville, NC, Pitt County, NC, and surrounding areas. When it comes to organizing big events, the best thing you can do for yourself is to take some responsibility off your plate. If you’re worried about everything from the guest list to the menu, venue to planning each part of the schedule— it’s easy to get overwhelmed and make mistakes.  Still not convinced? Here are 3 reasons to consider getting catering for your big event.

1. Take the Pressure Off

Between managing an event and getting food on the table, that’s a lot of pressure to get everything right. You don’t want to be worrying about everyone’s dietary needs or making sure the soup is just the way your mother-in-law likes it. With catering, you can set the dietary needs for everyone at your Greensville, NC event and let us take care of it. We can even bring the Chef to make sure everything goes smoothly.

2. Have Something For Everyone

Who doesn’t love Italian food? From pizza to all of our amazing pasta dishes, cheesesteaks to even brunch— there’s something for everyone when Famiglia Italian American Restaurants sets the table. We can find something for the pickiest eaters and those with special dietary needs. That way, everyone can be happy and you just have to worry about getting them all sitting down.

3. Be Able to Enjoy the Party

You should be able to enjoy this event, not be stuck in the kitchen all night. Once everyone’s in place, you can take your seat at the table and enjoy all of these wonderful memories at the event. You can get out on the dance floor, hang out with friends and family, and just have a good time while we take care of the rest.

Ready to Get Catering in Greenville, NC?

If you’re ready to look for a caterer whose strengths mesh with your plans, we hope you’ll consider Famiglia Italian American Restaurants, serving Greenville, NC, Pitt County, NC, and surrounding areas. Of course, we expect you to look at a variety of caterers before you make your final choice, but we’d love to help you with your next event. If Italian food is what you crave, trust our staff to make it a great experience. We will even bring the Chef if needed! If you’re interested in catering, call us at 252-477-4883 or fill out our contact form.

 

4 Italian Treats to Try This Halloween | Restaurants Greenville NC

At Famiglia Italian American Restaurants in Greenville, NC, Pitt County, NC and surrounding areas, we love this time of year. We love all the costumes, spooky decorations, and especially the sweet treats. We’re not just passionate about the main course but the Dolci as well. However you’re spending Halloween night, we hope you’ll spend part of it with us. With that in mind, here are 4 sweet, Italian treats we hope you have with us this Halloween.

1. NY Style Cheese Cake

At just $6, our slice of thick cut New York style cheesecake with strawberry topping is a rich and delicious treat this Halloween. Whether you have it before you go out trick or treating or after, it’s a slice of heaven. Pair it with a crisp Riesling or a Belgian style beer.

2. Tiramisu

For $5, get a slice of rich, espresso topped, paradise. Tiramisu is a coffee-flavored Italian custard dessert. It is made of ladyfingers dipped in coffee, layered with a whipped mixture of eggs, sugar, and mascarpone cheese, and flavored with cocoa.

3. Cannoli

There’s nothing like a cannoli. If we could put it in trick-or-treater’s baskets and not make a huge mess, we would. It’s no trick, for $3 you can get a crispy ricotta cream-filled Italian pastry, straight from our pastry chef.

4. Chocolate Tuxedo Cake

One of our favorite things about Halloween is all of the chocolate. Have as much fun as the little ones with this $6 Chocolate Cake. Rich dark chocolate and white chocolate mousse between layers of marbled sponge cake, make it a slice of pure bliss.

Want More Italian Treats?

It doesn’t have to be Halloween for you to get the Italian food you crave. For a scare-free time, don’t hesitate to come to Famiglia Italian American Restaurants in Greenville, NC, Pitt County, NC and surrounding areas. From antipasti to primo to finally getting your dessert, our restaurant staff is dedicated to bringing you the rich taste of Italian Cuisine. At Famiglia, our chefs bring quality Italian casual fine dining that highlights the flavors of Greenville, NC. Join us for dinner to experience our commitment to you. If you have any questions, contact us today and we’ll get back to you as soon as possible.

20 Questions to Ask Your Caterer | Wedding Catering Greenville NC

Working in wedding catering all over Greenville and Pitt County, NC, we work with couples year long to help them create the best reception experience possible. After you’ve set your wedding date, finding a place to hold your reception and speaking to a caterer should be your priority. In fact, many venues are booked over a year in advance. That being said, before you meet your caterer, you should have a list of questions prepared. With that in mind, here are 20 questions to keep on hand:

  1. What are the menu possibilities?
  2. Does wine come with this menu? Does wine come with an extra fee?
  3. What is the minimum that has to be spent?
  4. What is your policy on cancellations?
  5. What is your desired payment schedule?
  6. How many appetizers are you preparing per guest?
  7. What styles of catering do you offer?
  8. Do I need to find servers or do you provide them?
  9. Is there a cake cutting fee?
  10. What additional fees should we anticipate being added onto the bill?
  11. When do you need the final guest headcount by?
  12. Will you be providing all the napkins, tablecloths, tables, chairs, plates, silverware and glasses?
  13. What is your typical reception like? How does it flow?
  14. When do you need the meal selections to be complete?
  15. What deposit do we need to put down?
  16. Can you provide vegetarian or kosher meals if necessary? Can you handle all other special dietary requests?
  17. Do you have kid-friendly meal options?
  18. Are your evening prices different than your daytime prices?
  19. Who will be my point of contact?
  20. How far in advance of the event do need the venue for set-up?

Need More Wedding Catering Help in Greenville, NC?

Now that you have all those questions on hand, you’re ready to begin the look for a caterer whose strengths mesh with your wedding plans. Of course, we expect you to look at a variety of caterers before you make your final choice, but we definitely recommend you seek the help of Famiglia Italian American Restaurant. If Italian food is what you crave for your reception, trust our staff to make it a great experience.

Of course, those are just a couple things to account for when it comes to planning catering in Pitt County. Whether you need wedding catering in Greenville, NC or food for any other type of event, Famiglia will custom cater your next event! We will even bring the Chef if needed! If you’re interested in catering, call us at 252-477-4883 or fill out our contact form.

The Case for Choosing Pizza|Catering Greenville NC

At Famiglia Italian American Restaurants, because we perform catering in Greenville, NC and Pitt County, NC, we are always big fans of pizza. With pepperoni, sausage, breakfast toppings, or hawaiian style— it’s always a good idea grab a slice. Believe it or not, it doesn’t just taste good, it can actually be good for your body. Here are just a couple reasons why you should grab a slice or a whole pie today.

1. Get Those Antioxidants

According to a study published in the Annual Review of Food Science Technology, there have been some promising studies that

“suggest that lycopene and the consumption of lycopene containing foods may affect cancer or cardiovascular disease risk”

Lycopene is present in tomatoes and the tomato sauce on the NY style pizzas we serve at Famiglia Italian American Restaurant. That means, in addition to the great flavors you can get some great antioxidants as well.

2. It’s The Perfect Way Eat Veggies

Loading up your slice with some veggies is a great way to increase your intake of essential vitamins. In addition, if you’re not great at eating your greens, pizza acts as a pretty delicious disguise, especially for picky eaters out there.

3. There Are So Many Options to Try

Pizza is incredibly versatile. Whether you want more veggies, more meat, or more cheese, you can find a way for it to work for every meal of the day. At Famiglia, we even offer a breakfast pizza at brunch to help you start your weekend right.

Want Some Pizza?

Grab it by the slice or get a whole pie from Famiglia Italian American Restaurants in Greenville, NC. At lunch we  can get you NY style pizza by the slice made fresh daily. Choose from cheese, pepperoni, mushroom, and sausage. At dinner, get our NY Style Brick Oven Pizza with endless toppings. If you want to learn more about our restaurant or about our catering services, contact us today.

3 Ways to Cut Calories While Eating Italian|Restaurants Greenville NC

Just because you’re on a diet doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy delicious Italian food at Famiglia Italian American Restaurants in Greenville, NC. Because of all the wonderful ingredients, the rich Italian cuisine you love can actually work with your dietary needs. Still not convinced? Here are 3 ways you can cut calories while eating Italian.

1. Go for Something Spicy

Spicy dishes, beyond tasting amazing, have a whole host of health benefits. According to SELF,

“For one, the extra kick of hot sauce or a chopped jalapeno can make even the most bland diet food more palatable, causing you to be more likely to stick with your weight loss plan. In addition, they may jack up your metabolism. Studies show that the main compound in chilies, called capsaicin, has a thermogenic effect and may cause the body to burn bonus calories for 20 minutes post chow-down.”

Try our spicier dishes like Seafood fra Diavolo or our Antipasto plate to get those good benefits and a great meal.

2. Add Veggies When Possible

If you’re going to eat well, it’s always a great idea to have more veggies on the plate so the meal is nice and balanced. In addition, vegetables have less calories than a lot of meaty dishes. To get some hearty veggies try our Bruschetta, one of our salads, or our eggplant parmesean to have a totally balanced plate. In addition our Grecian and Veggie Pizzas are also a great choice when you want to indulge, but still stay healthy.

3. Choose Fish

You don’t have to stick to just veggies, some of our fish dishes are also healthy choices. According to the American Heart Association,

“Fish is a good source of protein and, unlike fatty meat products, it’s not high in saturated fat. Fish is also a good source of omega-3 fatty acids. Omega-3 fatty acids benefit the heart of healthy people, and those at high risk of — or who have — cardiovascular disease.”

Many of our Italian dishes at Famiglia Italian American Restaurants in Greenville, NC have great-for-you, low-cal seafood like shrimp and clams. You can get double the benefits with the spicy Seafood fra Diavolo or you could go for Mussels Marinara or Shrimp Scampi. In addition, we also have a build-your-own pasta, where you can shrimp plus the toppings and type of pasta you want.

Ready to Eat?

If you’re ready to start eating some of these dishes, don’t hesitate to come to Famiglia Italian American Restaurants in Greenville, NC and surrounding areas. From antipasti to primo to finally getting your dessert, our restaurant staff is dedicated to bringing you the rich taste of Italian Cuisine. At Famiglia, our chefs bring quality Italian casual fine dining that highlights the flavors of Greenville, NC. Join us for dinner to experience our commitment to you. If you have any questions, contact us today and we’ll get back to you as soon as possible.

 

3 Tips For Planning Your Reception|Wedding Catering Greenville, NC

Working in catering for weddings and events all over Greenville and Pitt County, NC, we know more than most how stressful wedding planning can be. We work with couples all the time to make sure they have the most positive and stress free reception they can, when it it comes to the food.  That experience in mind, here is our quick guide to planning wedding reception catering.

1. Figure Out Your Style

Before you meet with any caterers, you and your fiancé need to determine the level of formality you want for your reception. Do you want a sit down meal? Do you want a buffet? Do you want a full bar, an area with just wine and beer, or no alcohol at all?

You need to consider all of these things to determine what type of catering is right for you. After you figure that out, you can still talk to your caterer.

2. Evaluate Your Needs

When it comes to your wedding reception, it’s important to figure in how many people you’re serving into your plan. You need to think about how many people have allergy sensitivities, who needs a vegetarian meal, and who needs a vegan meal. Depending on the style of the catering, you need to factor all of that in to determine how much food you’re going to order with your caterer. For more tips on this, check out our guide on ordering catering.

3. Meet with Wedding Caterers in Greenville, NC

Once you’ve settled on a style and figured out how much food you need, you’re ready to begin the look for a caterer whose strengths mesh with your wedding plans. Of course, we expect you to look at a variety of caterers before you make your final choice, but we definitely recommend you seek the help of Famiglia Italian American Restaurant. If Italian food is what you crave for your reception, trust our staff to make it a great experience.

Of course those are just a couple things to account for when it comes for planning catering in Pitt County. Whether you need wedding catering in Greenville, NC or food for any other type of event, Famiglia will custom cater your next event! We will even bring the Chef if needed! If you’re interested in catering, call us at 252-477-4883 or fill out our contact form.

Quick Guide: Picking the Perfect Cocktail|Restaurants Greenville NC

Interested with having a cocktail instead of wine or beer with your meal at Famiglia Italian American Restaurants in Greenville, NC? Our restaurants are proud to offer a full service bar not serving up beer and wine, but fresh cocktails for our patrons in both Greenville, NC and Pitt County, NC. In Famiglia’s cozy and welcoming atmosphere get the perfect compliment to your meal, whether that’s a glass of red wine or one of our custom cocktails. Our servers are happy to help you pair the perfect cocktail with your dish when you dine in with us. Although, if you want to go ahead and start thinking about it, here is our quick guide to pairing cocktails with Italian dishes.

1. Craving Seafood?

If you want a nice seafood dish, try a cocktail with gin or vodka. Infused with juniper and other botanicals, a gin cocktail plays well against the briny sweetness of most shrimp and prawn based dishes like our Seafood fra Diavolo or Shrimp scampi.  In addition, vodka is a very versatile spirit present in a variety of cocktails with a flavor mild enough to pair with most seafood dishes.

2. Feeling Spicy?

Just as zinfandel goes with spicier dishes, so does tequila. Of course, we’re not saying to go with a margarita, but a flavorful mixed drink like a Paloma or a Tequila Sunrise may go great with some of our spicier dishes. Ask our servers about a tequila based cocktail to go with one of our hotter dishes like our Antipasto Plate, Seafood fra Diavolo, or one of our spicier slices of Pizza.

3. Eating Something Salty or Fatty?

If you’re eating a richer dish that’s salty or fatty, rum and bourbon are great choices. Lighter golden rums with lime squeezed in can cut right through dishes like Rib Eye Steak, Lasagna, or a Meat Lovers Pizza. In addition, the smoky taste of bourbon, especially in a well made Manhattan, could go very well with our steak dishes. Also, a bourbon drink could go great with the dark chocolate of our Chocolate Tuxedo Cake.

Ready to Have Dinner?

Of course, the best way to figure out what food goes with what cocktails is by trying it. Stop by Famiglia Italian Restaurants to try it for yourself. Whether you’re interested in a slice of NY Pizza, a hearty italian soup, or a plate of pasta— we invite you to sit down and enjoy. Bring the whole family, take a seat, and let us take care of you. If you’re interested in learning more or in catering in Greenville, NC and Pitt County, don’t hesitate to contact us.