Well-known chef Elise Wiggins updates us on goings-on at Cattivella, her popular downtown eatery.


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“Here at Cattivella we are trying to keep things as normal as possible. Our takeout business has slowed during the week as I suspected it would.  I knew people would get to a point where they just can’t afford to keep ordering dinner from all these restaurants.  So I came up with an idea to stir things up a bit……

First idea was that maybe we should try to do Easter Brunch for pickup and it was a huge success! We had to stop the orders at 700. So, we are now going to try our hand at creating a super deal for Cinco de Mayo, Mother’s Day Brunch and an End-of-the Season Crawfish Boil.  I’m from Louisiana and nothing says fun and celebration better than a crawfish boil. Because we aren’t anticipating opening back up for a sit-down meal, all these events will be for takeout.  We are an Italian restaurant, but we aren’t a one-trick pony. Our loyal guests trust we will make killer food no matter what. My executive sous chef is from Mexico City, so the meal deal we are doing will knock people’s socks off. Typically tacos are made from cheaper cuts of meat. We are going to use rotisserie prime rib for the beef tacos and batched margaritas …. no sweet and sour mix here. Just fresh lime juice!! 

In conjunction with the Cinco de Mayo we joined forces with Isabella Bird school to help them raise money. Five percent of all sales during the Cinco De Mayo will go to them!

Click here to see menus and information for each event!

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