Pandemic turns up heat on R.I. caterers

LABOR INTENSIVE: Nick Mattiello, general manager of catering and event company Pranzi Inc., packs sandwiches into boxes for corporate clients. He says the boxed lunches require more work and time to put together than traditional sandwich platters. / PBN PHOTO/ELIZABETH GRAHAM
LABOR INTENSIVE: Nick Mattiello, general manager of catering and event company Pranzi Inc., packs sandwiches into boxes for corporate clients. He says the boxed lunches require more work and time to put together than traditional sandwich platters. / PBN PHOTO/ELIZABETH GRAHAM

Caterer Nick Mattiello is used to assembling specialty orders with creative presentations such as a three-tier crudité table overflowing with grapes, pepperoni and a medley of crackers and cheeses. But lately his job has grown more mundane, and more taxing: He and his employees have been making boxed lunches. Mattiello, general manager of Providence-based catering

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