VOTE: Who's the Best Caterer in the Southland?

Don't miss the opportunity to vote for what you feel is the BEST caterer in your community or a surrounding town. It'll face off against others from the area for the title of the most-loved caterer in the Southland.

There's so many events during the summer that can call for a caterer, that it's important to know who you can rely on to get the job done and provide some tasty food.

Whether it's a wedding, a graduation party or something else entirely, there are plenty of chances to get an event catered. 

So tell us—What's the best caterer in the Southland? 

VOTE: Readers nominated the options below. To cast your vote, select an option in the poll at the bottom of the article. Also make sure to tell us why you picked your favorite in the comments.

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Click on the name of a business below for more information or to write a review.

  • Scrementi's (Mokena)
  •  (Tinley Park)
  • Kenootz Pizza (Midlothian)
  • Bartolini's (Midlothian)
  •  (Evergreen Park)
  • Mario's Catering (Worth)
  • (Orland Park)
  •  (Frankfort)
  • Pop's Italian Beef & Sausage (Multiple locations)
  •  (Tinley Park) 
  •  (Mokena)
  •  (New Lenox) 
  •  (Tinley Park)
  •  (Homewood) 
  •  (New Lenox)
  • (New Lenox)
  • (Orland Park)
  • (Shorewood)
  • (Various locations)

The voting period ends at 11:59 p.m. Friday, Aug. 17. 

Stephanie Compton July 23, 2012 at 01:53 PM
Salina's Pizza is a MUST HAVE at all your events! Their food is the best catered food I have had. I have never had something there that I did not like! And the service is just a good as the food!
Krista July 23, 2012 at 01:54 PM
I love Rubino's first and foremost because the quality of their food is outstanding, not to mention, their friendly staff and great service!
Judith Knauf July 24, 2012 at 02:44 PM
Salina's is the best! They have everything for your party..tents tables chairs tablecloths games, etc. and everything comes in great condition and clean. Of course the catered food is outstanding. The owner and employees are very helpful. We are lucky to have this 5-star business in Tinley Park. Thanks SALINA'S for making our parties such a success...yummy!
Mary Carumba July 24, 2012 at 07:19 PM
We had Salinas once and we were all sick for three days.
Cathleen July 31, 2012 at 12:29 PM
Where is Mama D's?
NCV July 31, 2012 at 03:16 PM
Ambrosino's... hands down!
zula 5 July 31, 2012 at 03:27 PM
Ambrosinos was awful when they had a store on 69th st. and paulina. Casios was the best in the old neighborhood.
Cathleen August 01, 2012 at 07:27 PM
Mama D's is by far the best! All their meat is brought in fresh, never frozen (which is a good thing when limiting preservatives). Mrs. D bakes daily from before dawn on through the day...wonderful work, delicious. I don't see a comparison. ....Mama D's is in Lemont. In fact, they are opening a new restaurant soon along Rt.171.
Robin August 01, 2012 at 07:38 PM
Add MaMa D's in Lemont, IL to the list : ) Delicious food!
Robin August 01, 2012 at 07:39 PM
I agree! Love their food! The best, best ingredients & definitely most tasty!
private. August 01, 2012 at 08:07 PM
I've had MaMa D's before and I agree , its the best I've ever had. So fresh and homemade.
Robin August 01, 2012 at 08:31 PM
Agree! The Chicken Parm is my fav!
Cathleen August 01, 2012 at 09:52 PM
What about the Italian Beef...mmmm.... ...or the pound cake? Scrumptious!
Joann August 01, 2012 at 10:33 PM
Mama Ds has the best Italian beef! All homemade, family receipes that can't b beat
Dawne VandeWerken August 03, 2012 at 12:27 AM
I agree. Salinas is a really excellent catering! Great food and service!
KM August 03, 2012 at 12:59 AM
I love, love, love Caffe Milan. The owner's personal attention to detail is second to none. Not to mention, the food is amazing!
Marian Cunningham August 03, 2012 at 11:29 AM
I like Papa Joe's in Orland Park; we've ordered the catering several times and it's never disappointed us. Their chicken tetrazzini is out of this world!
Al Sofia August 03, 2012 at 12:47 PM
Mama D's in Lemont have catered several business and personal parties for me. Their food is always well prepared and delicious! They are also very friendly and helpful when ordering and go above and beyond to make sure we're satisfied. Al Sofia
Sofia August 07, 2012 at 06:05 PM
I have used Heinie McCarthy's many times and have always gone back to them. They truly have the best chicken and service I have experienced. I would recommend them to everyone. Very professional too.
lvent August 07, 2012 at 06:12 PM
Palermo's in Oak Lawn.
lvent August 07, 2012 at 06:17 PM
Calabria gets my vote as well.
Gloria August 07, 2012 at 08:38 PM
Heinie McCarthy meets all of my catering needs! The food is amazing! The staff is professional and courteous!
Gina Alexander August 08, 2012 at 01:44 PM
Connelly's Catering is an absolute MUST for any get together. Kathy is a phenomenal cook and she can cook ANYTHING, and when it comes to putting a party together and providing the food and waitstaff, it is THE BEST.
Nancy August 08, 2012 at 08:31 PM
While I feel we are lucky to have many choices here for caterers and I've (luckily) never had a bad experience and I like to cater.....I think JH SWEIS has unique and very delicious food, service, presentation, etc...if you haven't had their experience, I encourage you to do so.
Andrea L August 08, 2012 at 10:29 PM
I can't vote for my favorite caterer because they aren't on your list. My family uses Crazy Fingers Catering for every party. The food is local, Eco-friendly and made from scratch. I don't know how many other caterers on your list use produce that was grown on local farms, grass-fed beef, or hormone free organic dairy products, but that is what Crazy Fingers does and the result is amazing food that is better for you than your standard catered fare. I guess since they are a newer caterer in Mokena, they might not have gotten the votes to be added to your poll, but if you do this again next year, be sure to add them!
Ben Feldheim (Editor) August 08, 2012 at 10:38 PM
If there's a business you like who didn't get nominated during the time period we set, and you still want to show them love, write a review on their listing. Here's Crazy Fingers: http://mokena.patch.com/listings/crazy-fingers-catering-2 You can probably open a new tab on your browser and copy and paste most of what you wrote there, Andrea.
KMK August 18, 2012 at 02:28 AM
where's Polonia?
Chris Jensen August 18, 2012 at 12:10 PM
JH Sweis in Mokena is an incredible caterer. Their menus available can be simple or very sophisticated. Their chef and the staff are great to work with, creative and really help put together a great event. If you are looking for a place to really impress your guests and serve great food, JH is a must.
Terry October 28, 2012 at 12:14 PM
Ambrosino's in Frankfort hands down to Pete and the staff..... Awesome food.


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