Reviews & Testimonials

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“Excellent food and service! Was a lot of fun working with Rocco. Highly recommended. Also a great companion at dinner to chat with while he was creating our dishes.”

Terrance, 02/18/2017

“Chef Rocco was very personable and knowledgeable. We did a private dinner and demonstration for my immediate family and he was excellent. Especially interacting with my 3 kids ages 13,11,&7. It was easy and natural for him to be in our home and he immediately acclimated very nicely with everyone. Not only is he a total pro at what he does but the food was outstanding. We will definitely be having Chef Rocco back for more cooking. I would highly recommend him.”

Patrick, 02/14/2017

“He was great with his time. He explained every meal that he brought out before we ate. He was very friendly and open-minded. And I will have him back.”

Chervas, 02/12/2017

“Chef Rocco came up with a great menu and did a last minute change to accommodate a guests dietary preference. He communicated efficiently, was on time, cost efficient, and the food was delicious!! I would definitely use him again and recommend him to others!”

Megan, 01/02/2017

“He contacted me immediately. We are going to do cooking classes in February. We’ve spoken on the phone and he is so friendly. He has stayed in touch with me and he deserves
10 stars!!!!”

Penny, 12/31/2017

“Delightful, Healthy and delicious dinner. Very professional with good flexibility to design the experience I wanted for the event.”

Alan, 12/30/2016

“Wonderful Experience. We could not have been happier. The food was delicious, hot and on time. Chef Rocco was very professional and charming.”

Joann, 12/28/2016

“Great food and great service!! We all enjoyed. Thank you”

Ken, 12/24/2016

“Great Xmas Brunch. Great Chef, listened to what we wanted and delivered something memorable!”

Wayne, 12/20/2016

“Great chef! Rocco was great. Responsive, flexible, and a great chef. It was delicious. He clearly cares.”

Servaes, 12/18/2016

“Company cooking class with Rocco! It went very well. we all had a great time and learned some great cooking techniques.”

Laurie, 12/14/2016

“I may never cook again!! The meal Chef Rocco prepared was delicious- we devoured it all (and we had more than enough for everyone to have seconds and thirds). What a great way to entertain, we highly recommend him!”

Khristine, 12/11/2016

“Very professional, worked closely with me to design the experience I wanted.”

Will, 11/29/2016

“We had a great team building cooking class with Rocco. The food was tasty and we learned a lot of great tips for how to cook better at home. We really appreciated that the class was both practical and fun.”

Kimberly, 11/28/2016

“Rocco’s Thanksgiving Dinner was excellent. The food came hot, tasty, and nicely arranged. I felt the portions were very reasonable as well. If a similar need arose and I was in the Los Altos area I wouldn’t hesitate to hire him again.”

Zachary, 11/26/2016

“Chef Rocco was prompt in responses. My experience with him was seamless and food was wonderful. I highly recommend Chef Rocco.”

Cindy, 11/04/2016

“On time, great food and service. Will definitely hire Chef Rocco again!”

Wen, 10/23/2016

“Chef Rocco Cartia is very easy to work with. He is open to your suggestions and makes every effort to work within your budget. His food is delicious, the presentation is colorful, and he works hard to ensure your guests are happy and enjoying their meal.”

Nancy, 10/10/2016

“Chef Rocco was so accommodating – my dates kept changing and he was able to work both within my schedule and budget. We ended up doing drop-off catering and he was precisely on time with warm Italian food! Very personable too.

Both the presentation and taste were scrumptious, he’s obviously an experienced chef and was able to work within my preferences. As a bonus, we got WAY more food than for 12-15 people (so we had dinner for the next night as well and leftovers for everyone!). Highly recommend.”

Emmaline, 10/04/2016

“Rocco was great to work with! He provided a custom assorted menu for a Viennese style desert table. He was prompt, detailed and creative. I also attended his cooking class and I learned a lot! I would definitely recommend him to others!”

Natasha, 09/30/2016

“Great follow up, planning and response.”

Brad, 09/26/2016

“We wanted to schedule a cooking lesson as a birthday gift for our 17 year old son, who says he would like to attend culinary school after he receives a PhD in Chemistry, and Chef Rocco was truly a perfect match! Throughout the entire process (interviewing, scheduling, and instructing) Chef Rocco was friendly and attentive, and his calm and organized style set the tone for a very relaxing yet educational session of making pasta (and a sauce, of course!) from scratch. He continuously made sure that each of us had ample time and opportunity to practice every skill that he demonstrated. He provided both specific and practical guidance, and he delivered limited but valuable critique in a very kind, thoughtful, and encouraging way. While he instructed and engaged each of us in making the recipes, Chef Rocco not only tailored the lesson to our son’s interest (and our goals for the session) but also treated our son as if he was already on his way to becoming a chef. Whether it is true remains unseen, but Chef Rocco clearly understands the essence and effect of good teaching. As for the homemade fettuccini pasta with fresh vegetable sauce? Magnifico! It was so good that we ordered the pasta attachments for our Kitchen-Aid mixer!”

Denise, 08/28/2016

“We hired chef Rocco for an anniversary dinner on a one day notice, and he was absolutely great. He made us a four course meal and even managed to make a soufflé under short notice. We were very impressed with his love and passion for food. Chef Rocco knows what he’s doing, he’s a true professional. He entertained us the entire night and gave us some great food tips. We will definitely hire him again in a heart beat.”

Jessica, 08/24/2016

“I would definitely recommend Rocco for any of your catering/chef needs. Rocco helped me customize a menu for my husbands birthday dinner and was able to accommodate exactly what I needed and cater to all of my special requests. Rocco arrived on time and made the entire experience very enjoyable. He educated us on what we were eating and the preparation of it, and he was such a friendly guy, sharing many stories with us. Not to mention the food was amazing! I had salmon and my husband had lamb and both dishes were absolutely delicious. Rocco cleaned up as he went as well. It was awesome being able to have the restaurant experience without having to lift a finger or a foot. Rocco is awesome and we thank him for allowing us to have such a memorable night :)”

Tiana, 08/22/2016

“We hired Chef Rocco to cook dinner for a group of 6 adults, 2 with food sensitivities. He was accessible by email and helped develop a menu that would work with our group, came on time, setup quickly, and was able to work around our food issues. The food was fresh and tasty, with much larger portions than I expected, and he explained all dishes upon serving. He solicited our feedback and by the end of the night the kitchen was immaculate…such a treat. I would definitely hire him again.”

Sarah, 08/15/2016

“Chef Rocco gave us the most delightful, romantic, and yummy evening we’ve had in a long time. Not only did he prepare an authentic Italian feast in the comfort of our home, we also shared stories of his travels, and gave us insight on the food he was preparing. And the food was divine. I would book him again in a heartbeat. Total professional.”

Jonathan, 08/08/2016

“Incredibly easy to work with and organize our dinner. He was very responsive and flexible. Dinner was DELICIOUS! And we joked he was like the chef ninja because our kitchen was spotless when he left. Definitely highly recommend!!”

Meagan, 07/31/2016

“Outstanding talent, he helped me design the perfect menu and was efficient and organized as well as very professional. DELICIOUS FOOD!!!!”

Carter, 07/25/2016

“Chef Rocco is skilled at teaching. He was generous in sharing knowledge about cooking basics and the science of cooking. He is detailed in his instructions but encourages you to use instinct and logic.”

Lea, 07/24/2016

“Chef Rocco was wonderful! I planned a bachelorette party at my house and had him come and host a cooking class for us. It went very well, he taught us how to make stuffed and baked zucchini & a gnocchi pasta (actually making the pasta noodles). Definitely would recommend, he’s a sweet Italian guy with a lot of cooking experience!”

Nicki, 6/28/2016

“Chef Rocco did a fantastic job catering our party. The food and service was fabulous. We will use Chef Rocco again for our next party!”

Maria, 6/5/2016

“We hired Rocco to come cook for our Mother’s Day dinner. He did a great job planning the meal and altering it to people’s likes and dislikes. He was organized, friendly, and the most wonderful personal chef you could ask for. Our family already decided that the next time we do this, he will be the first person we contact!!!!! He left the kitchen cleaner than it was before and our bellies VERY happy!!!! THANK YOU ROCCO!””Rocco came to my home to cook for my guests. He did a great job !! While he was serving the food for us he was sharing his cooking experience and also he told us how to select healthy foods: while we were eating to hear his experience and knowledge about foods it was our appetizer! …I can tell from the food flavor Rocco use fresh and organic food for his cooking and that gives his cooking very natural and healthy taste !”

Lisa, 5/16/2016

“Really liked the quality of all preparations. All the ingredients were fresh and Chef Rocco was a wonderful host.”

Puneet, 5/4/2016

“Absolutely Outstanding! So nice and easy to work with. On time and food was delicious. He is hired!”

Kim, 4/13/2016

“I hired Chef Rocco for a small cocktail hour. The apps were great and enjoyed by my guests. Chicken satay and gnocchi were especially flavorful. I hired him as drop off caterer, he was timely and gave great direction to my server on how to plate the items. Excellent !”

Karl. 4/2/2016

“Rocco was very easy to work with and aimed to please. Food was excellent and arrived exactly on time.”

Linda, 3/27/2016

“Hired Chef Rocco to cook for some friends. They raved over his food & service! I will definitely keep him in mind for future events.”

Suzie, 3/23/2016

“Hired Rocco for drop-off catering service for a party hosted at home. Delivery was right on time and the main dish of my order, “Salmon in Papillotte,” was cooked with perfection. Juicy and tender, it was loved by all the guests.

Rocco was also very easy to work with throughout the messaging back and forth in deciding on the menu and portion. His price was a bit toward the high end side but overall the experience was very satisfactory.”

Victor, 2/26/2016

“Rocco cooked a surprise breakfast for three of my girl friends. He was on-time and super easy to work with. I would highly recommend Chef Rocco again!”

James, 2/15/2016

“Rocco was great to work with! There were some dietary restrictions in our party, and he was able to cater to the with no problem. The food was absolutely delicious, and we can’t wait to have him back soon.”

Kristi, 2/3/2016

“He is very charming and thoughtful! The food was phenomenal! I really recommended Rocco as a experienced chef for someone who need healthy and testy food for parties or for any event! I have a plant to hire him for all my future events. I really excited to know such a talented chef in the Bay Area!!

Thank you so much Rocco to make my dinner party very special and an forgettable!!”

Azi , 1/1/2016

“Rocco came to our family’s home to cook for a birthday party for my mother. He did a fabulous job! He was very charming and thoughtful, and he made the experience so easy. His background is a colorful story to hear and he is quite experienced and knowledgeable. He thought us some things while he cooked that we are now using while we cook. The food was phenomenal! We plan to hire him for all of our future events. We couldn’t have asked for a better experience.”

Enrico & Alisha, 12/26/2015

“Chef Rocco was charming. He arrived exactly on time, had the food largely prepared, so he was able to serve the first course within 30 minutes of his arrival. In that 30 minutes, while he was getting everything going our family enjoyed watching him and chatting with him about his wide range of experiences as a chef in various different countries…When we sat down for dinner – our conversation changed to family matters and chef Rocco served, introduced his courses, cleared plates – and when we were done with the fabulous meal we had a immaculately clean kitchen. The food was fresh, organic, healthy, and delicious. The mousse for dessert was “too” good…I couldn’t resist eating every last speck…

Shari, 12/7/2015

“Rocco was wonderful and made our dinner memorable!”

Leighanne, 11/25/2015

“Rocco is an excellent instructor who caters the lessons to meet your expectations and desires.”

Adam, 11/13/2015

“Rocco was our personal chef and cooked us a great meal, with a perfect matching wine selection. Splendid six-course meal with true respect for the purity of the ingredients. Three types of cherry-tomato each tasted different and totally lifted the flavor of the perfectly cooked salmon. The wine selection was as respectful in its tastes and purity.

We can fully recommend Rocco as a talented chef and host, even in your own home. He’ll take over your kitchen and treat you and your guests to a star-dinner, right in your own home. And leave it spotless too. It has been an amazing experience!

Chapeau to Rocco!”

Davida, 10/27/2015

“Rocco fixed a great Dinner. The food was delicious which included Fish on a bed of Risotto with a desert that was light.

We were completely satisfied by the food but also the overall ease in working with Rocco in setting up the right menu.”

Pete, 11/3/2014

“Rocco was easy to work with and very personable. Our dinner party was a lot of fun and the food was beautiful. I highly recommend him!”

Kara, 10/28/2014

“Rocco is an amazing, creative, personable chef who made a divine meal in our tiny kitchen for our anniversary! His tiramisu was heavenly!”

Caitlin, 10/5/2014

“Excellent service. The most delicious food, that I could have imagined. And very flexible with requests.

Charles, 9/12/2014

Thank you so much for a great time cooking today. We had a great time and learned so much (including how to make “beyond words” orecchiette). And how to work as a team to keep the power on for minutes at a time! But, mostly, it was a delight to get to know you and share time together.Thanks for that.

John B., 2013

Thanks. We all really enjoyed cooking with you. You are a great teacher and very patient.
Randy, 2013

Hi Rocco,
Your classes were educational and fun, and it was a pleasure working with you. I have to tell you that I went to the grocery store this morning and I looked at food differently since cooking with you..
Marcia D., 2013

Hello Rocco!
Thank you very much for a great evening of food, wine and conversation.. Compliments to the chef!
Lori M., 2013

Thank you for a wonderful evening.
Karen, 2013

..I learned so much and I am so lucky..
Ba H.F, 2013


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