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The 5 Best Italian Restaurants in the Cruise Industry

Royal Caribbean, Jamie's Italian Kitchen
Jamie's Italian Kitchen | Photo Credit: Royal Caribbean

One of the most popular global cuisines around the world is Italian. On nearly every cruise ship you will find an Italian restaurant, and if not, there will always be delicious pasta and pizza options in the buffet. As the food of love, Italian cuisine is the perfect option for a romantic date night while onboard; and always the best option for a family dinner as the menu options are sure to please everyone.

Let's take a look as some of the best Italian restaurants you will find in the entire cruise industry:

Royal Caribbean, Jamie's Italian
Jamie's Italian | Photo Credit: Royal Caribbean
Jamie's Italian Kitchen - Royal Caribbean

Start off your delicious Italian dinner at Jamie's with the meat plank. This famous sharable platter comes with a variety of dry-aged meats cheeses, and sliced of freshly baked focaccia bread. For a main choose any of the incredible pastas and you will be fully satisfied, or any of the non-pasta dishes that include a burger, lamb chops, and braised short-ribs. The lemon cheesecake or gelato will end your meal on the perfect sweet note.

Royal Caribbean, Giovanni's Table, Giovanni's Italian Kitchen
Giovanni's Table | Photo Credit: Royal Caribbean
Giovanni's Table - Royal Caribbean

Giovanni's Table focuses on delicious pasta dishes. There are many incredible options including tagliatelle carbonara, gorgonzola gnocchi, seafood linguini, as well as non-pasta dishes ranging from garlicy herb prawns to seared filet mignon.

NCL, Norwegian Cruise Line, Onda by Scarpetta
Onda by Scarpetta | Photo Credit: NCL
Onda by Scarpetta - NCL

Indulge in modern Italian Cuisine at Onda by Scarpetta. This beautiful dining space has architectural elements that resemble a wave, paying nod to the name "Onda", which means "Wave". On the dining menu you will find pizzas and calzones, antipasti platters, and delicious pasta options including Pappardelle Bolognese, Short Rib Ravioli, and Tomato & Basil Spaghetti. Secondi options include Branzino, Roasted Chicken, Tuna, and Beef Filet.

Oceania Cruises, Toscana
Toscana | Photo Credit: Oceania Cruises
Toscana - Oceania Cruises

Inspired by the rich family traditions found in the Tuscan countryside, Toscana brings guests into the heart of Tuscany through flavor and ingredients. Savor Italy's culinary delights through elevated classics such as Octopus Carpaccio with Champagne Vinaigrette, or Green Asparagus Risotto finished with Provolone Cheese and enhanced with Black Truffle. Main dishes include: Filet Mignon in Gorgonzola Crust with Sautéed Garlic Spinach, Grilled Polenta and Brunello Red Wine Sauce; and a Roasted Pancetta-Wrapped Colorado Lamb Rack served over Traditional Roasted Potatoes perfumed with Garlic and Rosemary. To end your delicious dinner order any of the incredible desserts, highlights of which include: Lasagne al Cioccolato- a Rich Chocolate Ganache Layered with Cocoa Dough and Served with a Roasted Pistachio Sauce; or a Vanilla Panna Cotta with Red Berry Compote.

There is also a full olive oil menu as well, featuring a variety of olive oils from different regions of Italy, all with their own subtle notes and flavors.

Viking Ocean Cruise, Manfredi's
Manfredi's | Photo Credit: Viking Ocean Cruises
Manfredi's - Viking Ocean Cruises

Inspired by the trattorias of Italy, Mandfredi's Restaurant offers an elegant dining room with a delicious menu of Italian favorites. Highlights include handcrafted pastas and creamy risottos, chicken parmesan, classic Italian meatballs, and many more flavorful options. This is the perfect way to end a long day of adventures in incredible places around the world!

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