On February 4th, 1991 we began as The Metropolitan Lunch Express café located directly beneath the 5th Avenue theatre in Downtown Seattle. Our menu consisted of pizza, calzones, made to order sandwiches, homemade soups fresh daily and a variety of green and pasta salads.
From the very beginning, as it is today, our concentration has always been on deliciously fresh variety of foods, made from scratch yet quickly served and with great customer care and service.
In 1993 we separated our café from the box lunch and catering department. We set up our box lunch/catering kitchen just outside of downtown Seattle in the old Tropicana Hotel at Denny and Aurora. Ingallina’s Box Lunch, Inc had officially begun.
We began doing what we do. That is, taking care of our customers, providing each one with fresh and delicious lunches and great customer service. Soon we had to move to yet a larger facility
Finally, in July of 2000, Ingallina’s Box Lunch, Inc. opened at 135 S Lucile St, in Seattle. At 10,000 square feet the place seemed gigantic! We designed this production facility and built it specifically for our type of catering. It was designed with the intention of not only producing the best box lunches, party platters and gift baskets in the North West but with the intention of producing completely satisfied customers from Everett to Tacoma and all points between.
We make most of our own breads and baked goods from scratch each night. We roast most of our own meats; turkey, chicken, roast beef, meat loaf and bacon every day. We make several of our own salad dressings. In short, if we can make it from scratch - we do! We start every day no later than 5am preparing for your orders that day. We make everything FRESH!
At Ingallina’s Box Lunch, Inc. we work day in and day out and around the clock to do one thing...I use to think that one thing was the production of fresh and delicious food – box lunches, party platters and gift baskets – but that is only the medium we use to produce our really valuable final product and that is – a customer so satisfied with our products and services that they continually call on us for their box lunch and catering needs and refer us to their friends and associates.
We continue to apply our basic philosophy. We now have locations in Seattle and Portland with other locations being planned soon. We work hard to continually earn your business.
If there is anything we can do for you please do not hesitate to call. We are here for you!
On behalf of all our staff…it is always a pleasure to hear from you!
Chris Ingallina & Joyce Matson