A culinary taste of Italy on board Costa Smeralda

Named after and inspired by one of the most beautiful destinations in Sardinia, the Emerald Coast, Costa Smeralda offers the best of Italy, not only in design but also in cuisine.

Costa Cruises designed their new flagship Costa Smeralda as a tribute to Italy, showcasing what makes the country so loved and appreciated around the world. That includes not only the country’s famous and iconic landmarks but also it world renowned cuisine.

A feast for the eyes and the taste buds in La Colombina Restaurant

With more than 15 restaurants and areas dedicated to food Costa Smeralda offers a truly unique gastronomic experience. There are four bistro-styled main restaurants – La Colombina (deck 5), Arlecchino and Il Meneghino Restaurant (deck 6) and Il Rugantino (deck 7) – serving regional Italian dishes and a menu created by Chef Bruno Barbieri.

Amuse bouche: Mozarella “stracciata”, basil and semi-dried cherry tomatoes
Starter: Warm octopus, saffron potato cream, Taggiasca olives and marinated tomatoes
Pasta: Sailor’s crêpes, seafood stew
Main course: Palermo-style swordfish slice, scallop and roasted prawn, spring garlic green beans and creamed potatoes with Pantelleria capers
Main course: Braised veal cheek in Barolo wine, mashed potatoes and sautéed spinach
Dessert: Mandarin explosion: “Namelaka” with white chocolate, mandarin gelée, hazelnut biscuit crumb, pineapple
Dessert: Madame choux: Craquelin, whipped mascarpone and pistachio cream, raspberry gelée
Dessert: Transparancy of cheese cake with wild berries: Philadelphia cheese cream, raspberry jelly, hazelnut streusel, strawberry foam, fresh berries

A wealth of culinary options

Sagra dei Sapori Buffet

Deck eight is the absolute must go to area for hungry cruisers as it features the La Sagra dei Sapori Buffet, the Pizzeria Pummid’Oro – offering 100% Italian pizza ($), the Japanese Teppanyaki Restaurant ($), the innovative Ristorante LAB ($), the Bellavista Club Restaurant (for Costa Club Perla Diamante members) and the Panorama Elite Restaurant (exclusively for guests staying in Suites and Grand Suites). Deck eight is also home to the Il Bacaro Venetian Bar, the Spazio Bollicine and the Gelateria-Cioccolateria Amarillo.

Sagra dei Sapori Buffet
Il Rugantino Restaurant

The new Ristorante LAB features 24 cooking stations where 48 guests in total can test their cooking skills, under the guidance of Costa Chefs. In addition to learning cooking tricks and techniques, guests can test their knowledge of food sustainability issues, learn to pay attention to food quality and how to minimize waste during food preparation.

Also read: A taste of Italy on board Costa Smeralda

Families can dine in comfort in the Tutti a Tavola Restaurant. This is the first restaurant dedicated entirely to families with children. It is situated on deck 16, right beside the play area, and allows young and old to enjoy their favorite meals with a spectacular view of the sea.

Tutti a Tavola Restaurant

Costa Smeralda is sailing a one-week itinerary including calls in Savona, Marseille, Barcelona, Palma de Mallorca, Civitavecchia and La Spezia. During the winter of 2021/2022, Costa Smeralda will be positioned in Dubai.

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