Catanese Classic Seafood

Quality, Variety, Service…Consistently

Our Story

Catanese Classic Seafood is a wholesale distributor of fresh and frozen seafood, distributing throughout the state of Ohio. The Catanese brothers, Jim and John, have over 35 years of distribution experience, starting in 1982 when they founded Waterfront Seafood.  In 2004, Jim and John Catanese, along with Kevin Durkin started Catanese Classic Seafood with just three employees in a 7,500 square foot building.

Today, they distribute to the finest restaurants, country clubs, hotels, and retailers throughout Ohio. Catanese Classic Seafood’s staff includes a sales team comprised of food service professionals from all arenas of the industry . Their purchasing department includes 35-year veterans, and the next generation of the Catanese family, Jim’s son Jimmy and John’s son Joey. Their team also includes many production crew veterans with 25 years or more experience. A commitment to quality and outstanding service has earned them the award of Purveyor of the Year by the American Culinary Federation in 2013, 2014, and 2015. Catanese Classic Seafood adheres to the strict guidelines of HACCP regulations and carries an Interstate Shellfish Certification. They also work with third party auditor Siliker to assure their processes adhere to the most current guidelines.

Passion for the seafood industry is what fuels the fire at Classic Seafood. The Catanese’s passion is contagious and everybody involved gets that fire to strive to be the best they can be. Catanese Classic Seafood prides themselves to be the trend setters in the market. From the local Yellow Perch operation to procuring the wildest unique items from across the globe Classic associates enjoy and revel in the challenge of being the premier source for seafood in the state of Ohio.

People constantly are asking about the Catanese’s stance on sustainability. Just the family atmosphere they create and the fact Jim and John are both grooming sons to carry the business on into the next generation is signs enough of a commitment to sustainability. Classic Seafood associates all understand that well managed fisheries around the globe are the key to survival of the seafood industry. Collaboration with Monterey Bay Aquarium Seafood Watch and Fish Choice, along with promoting the Gulf Wild traceable seafood program are just a few examples of the seafood industry groups Classic looks to partner themselves with. We want everybody to be able to enjoy fine seafood for generations to come and the only way to assure that is aligning ourselves with those in the seafood industry that understand and strive for sustainable fisheries worldwide.