Fine Italian Catering

Fine Catering in San Diego

Our mission is to bring our passion, tradition and culture from the Italian land and deliver to the table of our guests with our Italian catering service in San Diego. We adopt innovation exploring new flavors, but we keep the Italian culinary traditions and the true identity of our cuisine. We deliver in all San Diego. Our Italian catering services include breakfast catering, box lunch, corporate catering, lunch catering, private chef, wedding catering and event catering.

Zafferano Catering/Chef Massimilano Farina



Born and raised in Mazara del Vallo, Sicily, Chef Max Farina landed to San Diego, California in 2011 bringing with him a love and passion for the traditional flavors of his homeland. As a young man he learned to respect the preparation of Italian food and the love of those traditions which went into each meal being prepared. From this love a chef was born.

Today, Chef Farina would like to share his passion with the people of San Diego, introducing his new catering company, Zafferano.The journey began years ago, where Chef Farina worked in a small pizzeria perfecting the craft of the “white art” learning the chemical nuances of creating the perfect flour mixtures and levitation processes to build the basis of the best wood-fired Neapolitan style pizza known in the region.

Once Chef Farina felt he had mastered this process, he knew in his heart his journey had just begun. He entered into the acclaimed culinary school ALMA, located in Parma, Italy, learning the theoretical and practical traditions of haute cuisine. While there, Chef Max worked under Two Michelin Star Chefs.

When he worked with Claudio Sadler from Milan, he learned the modern cooking techniques and artistic plating. According to Chef Max, “Chef Sadler was a Maestro to me.” He was my mentor.

Later in his culinary education, Chef Farina moved on to work at the Park Hyatt in Milan alongside Chef Andrea Aprea, another Two Star Michelin Chef, who was trained by the world renowned Chef Heston Blumenthal of London. This is where Chef Farina learned even finer techniques and the emotional characteristics of haute cuisine.After moving to the beautiful San Diego, Chef Farina worked at BICE Ristorante in the Gaslamp District as a Sous Chef for Chef Mario Cassineri. During his time at BICE, Chef Max learned enjoyed all San Diego has to offer, learning American culture, more cuisine passions and perfecting his own craft.Today, years later, Chef Farina has established his own personal project, collecting together all of his passion, love and knowledge of food to create one of the best catering companies San Diego has to offer. Zafferano serves only the most exquisite and authentic Italian food, using the finest ingredients in San Diego and its surrounding areas.

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Premium Ingredients

We believe in quality ingredients and fresh organic locally grown produce.

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Simple, Tasty Recipes

Our recipes are carefully prepare to ensure the highest quality during your event time span.


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Our mission is to share my origin, culture and tradition of my land, Italy. I would propose a cuisine that is born from the roots of my land that would bring over the flavors of contemporary cuisine.

Chef Max is available for private chef dinner party, cooking classes and special events.

In case you need immediate assistance, please call us at 619-496-9325

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