Olive Tree Marketplace
1490 Clove Road
Staten Island, NY 10301
Website and Catering Menu
This will be a non-traditional GFSI Review for a non-traditional gluten free experience: catering. Olive Tree Marketplace, conveniently located close to Wagner College and St. John’s University, offers both prepared gluten free foods and an extensive gluten free menu for catering and advance orders. Chef Hani Qassis was excellent to work with – impeccable service and delicious food from the time we inquired to our event day!
Olive Tree Marketplace offers several gluten free items ready for pick-up – when we checked the place out, the gluten free food available included eggplant parmigiana, chicken parmigiana, chicken francaise, and pasta with pesto among other options. All were priced under $10. (I apologize for the lack of photos! For an extensive gallery, you can check out their website here:
For our (fairly large) event, we ordered several trays of food, including:
-Beef sirloin and broccoli with a garlic hoi sin sauce
-This was awesome – and so not what I expected! The beef was tender, slightly sweet and flavorful, and the broccoli absorbed the flavors well. The dish reminded us of Chinese take-out…in a really good way.
-It’s traditional, and in my opinion, indispensable. I enjoyed it very much.
-This was good, but lacked the thickening of a traditional marsala sauce. I preferred the other options.
-Chicken and artichokes with garlic sauce
This was excellent – it was served with a garlic red sauce.
-Penne ala vodka
Yum. Perfect. Wide penne noodles (the non-gluten-free people seriously didn’t know the difference.)
I highly recommend working with Olive Tree Marketplace for any of your gluten free events. It was a total pleasure to work with Chef Hani and he was extremely accommodating and understanding of my wheat allergy. Not only does this place have great service…he has also cooked for several U.S. Presidents! You may not be able to eat in the White House…but you can eat like the White House once did.
No waitstaff here, but the service we received was excellent, personable and speedy. The chef requires a few days in advance to prepare gluten free food en masse, but it was so worth it! He said he can make anything on the menu gluten free. And after eating this food – I believe he definitely can deliver on that promise.
The Italian food we ordered was fantastic. Best of all, the non-GF people had no idea they were eating gluten free. (Everyone usually has that one qualifier…”It’s good…for gluten free food.”) You won’t say that with Olive Tree Marketplace. At long last, there is a place on Staten Island where you can order all the Italian food Staten Island is famous for! I’m excited, and you should be, too.