Top 10 Italian Restaurants at Sea

by Donna Heiderstadt

Top 10 Italian Restaurants at Sea

by Donna Heiderstadt

Who doesn't love crispy calamari or savory fettuccine Bolognese? Italian food is comfort food — even when it’s fancied up with fine linens and highfalutin service. Here are 10 Italian eateries at sea that make us want to shout, “Mangia!”

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Antipasti at Royal Caribbean's Jamie's Italian / Royal Caribbean International / Matt Russell
Jamie's Italian on Anthem of the Seas
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Jamie’s Italian

Found on: Royal Caribbean 
Onboard Quantum of the Seas and Anthem of the Seas, the down-to-earth appeal of British chef and TV personality Jamie Oliver translates to authentic dishes the whole family will love — there’s even a kids menu. Start with arancini margherita and then savor the truffle tagliatelle or eggplant parmigiana. Additional charge applies.

Found on: Royal Caribbean 
Onboard Quantum of the Seas and Anthem of the Seas, the down-to-earth appeal of British chef and TV personality Jamie Oliver translates to authentic dishes the whole family will love — there’s even a kids menu. Start with arancini margherita and then savor the truffle tagliatelle or eggplant parmigiana. Additional charge applies.

Sabatini's on Royal Princess
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Sabatini’s

Found on: Princess Cruises
Even on a cruise to Alaska you’ll feel transported to Tuscany when dining at Sabatini's. It helps that Princess’s master executive chef, Alfredo Marzi, hails from Italy and is an enthusiastic ambassador for all foods with extra vowels. The burrata alla panna is a meal itself, but do save room for the spaghetti allo scoglio (seafood pasta) and branzino al forno. Additional charge applies.

Found on: Princess Cruises
Even on a cruise to Alaska you’ll feel transported to Tuscany when dining at Sabatini's. It helps that Princess’s master executive chef, Alfredo Marzi, hails from Italy and is an enthusiastic ambassador for all foods with extra vowels. The burrata alla panna is a meal itself, but do save room for the spaghetti allo scoglio (seafood pasta) and branzino al forno. Additional charge applies.

Prego on Crystal Serenity
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Prego

Found on: Crystal Cruises 
Crystal Serenity and Crystal Symphony passengers have no shortage of dining options, but many return again and again to this romantic restaurant with tableside service and a mix of traditional and classic Italian dishes — from lasagna alla casalinga (layers of pasta with ground meat and porcini mushrooms) to beetroot-ricotta ravioli. Additional charge applies.

Found on: Crystal Cruises 
Crystal Serenity and Crystal Symphony passengers have no shortage of dining options, but many return again and again to this romantic restaurant with tableside service and a mix of traditional and classic Italian dishes — from lasagna alla casalinga (layers of pasta with ground meat and porcini mushrooms) to beetroot-ricotta ravioli. Additional charge applies.

La Terrazza on Silver Shadow
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La Terrazza

Found on: Silversea Cruises 
Slow Food — fresh, sustainable and locally grown — is the mantra at this restaurant on Silversea’s non-expedition ships. Its à la carte dinner menu (breakfast and lunch are served buffet-style) includes buffalo mozzarella from Naples, air-dried ham from Parma, and fresh pasta made daily.

Found on: Silversea Cruises 
Slow Food — fresh, sustainable and locally grown — is the mantra at this restaurant on Silversea’s non-expedition ships. Its à la carte dinner menu (breakfast and lunch are served buffet-style) includes buffalo mozzarella from Naples, air-dried ham from Parma, and fresh pasta made daily.

Oceania's Toscana
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Toscana

Found on: Oceania Cruises 
Even the plates have an Italian pedigree — they’re custom-made by Versace — at this Tuscany-inspired restaurant. What’s more, many dishes are based on recipes from the mothers and grandmothers of the culinary staff, ranging from artichoke and Parmesan cheese timbale with black truffle sauce to spinach fettuccine with duckling ragù.

Found on: Oceania Cruises 
Even the plates have an Italian pedigree — they’re custom-made by Versace — at this Tuscany-inspired restaurant. What’s more, many dishes are based on recipes from the mothers and grandmothers of the culinary staff, ranging from artichoke and Parmesan cheese timbale with black truffle sauce to spinach fettuccine with duckling ragù.

Pasta at Eataly on MSC Divina
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Eataly

Found on: MSC Cruises
Fresh pasta and prosciutto sliced paper-thin are just two of the ways MSC Cruises channels authentic Italian cuisine in the Eataly outposts on MSC Divina and MSC Preziosa. Flavorful and generously sized portions of everything from calamari to cannoli mean you may need to sign up for an AquaCycle class. Additional charge applies.

Found on: MSC Cruises
Fresh pasta and prosciutto sliced paper-thin are just two of the ways MSC Cruises channels authentic Italian cuisine in the Eataly outposts on MSC Divina and MSC Preziosa. Flavorful and generously sized portions of everything from calamari to cannoli mean you may need to sign up for an AquaCycle class. Additional charge applies.

Parmesan crusted rack of lamb at Palo
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Palo 

Found on: Disney Cruise Line
All four Disney ships feature this restaurant serving sophisticated Northern Italian cuisine. Dishes such as gnocchi with gorgonzola sauce and Parmesan-crusted rack of lamb are paired with Italian-inspired décor and live music. Additional charge applies.

Found on: Disney Cruise Line
All four Disney ships feature this restaurant serving sophisticated Northern Italian cuisine. Dishes such as gnocchi with gorgonzola sauce and Parmesan-crusted rack of lamb are paired with Italian-inspired décor and live music. Additional charge applies.

Manfredi's on Viking Star
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Manfredi’s

Found on: Viking Ocean Cruises 
The first ship in Viking Ocean Cruises fleet, Viking Star, debuted in 2015 with Manfredi’s as one of its all-inclusive dining options. Inspired by the flavors of Tuscany and Rome, it serves freshly made pastas and regional classics such as osso buco and bistecca Florentine capped off by rich desserts. Tiramisu anyone?

Found on: Viking Ocean Cruises 
The first ship in Viking Ocean Cruises fleet, Viking Star, debuted in 2015 with Manfredi’s as one of its all-inclusive dining options. Inspired by the flavors of Tuscany and Rome, it serves freshly made pastas and regional classics such as osso buco and bistecca Florentine capped off by rich desserts. Tiramisu anyone?

Cucina del Capitano on Carnival Magic
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Cucina del Capitano

Found on: Carnival Cruise Line
Billing itself as “Italian family-style dining,” this eatery on Carnival's Breeze, Magic, Sunshine, and Vista dishes up sharable portions of generations-old recipes from the ships’ Italian captains and officers — including Nonna’s (Grandma’s) linguine and meatballs. Additional charge applies.

Found on: Carnival Cruise Line
Billing itself as “Italian family-style dining,” this eatery on Carnival's Breeze, Magic, Sunshine, and Vista dishes up sharable portions of generations-old recipes from the ships’ Italian captains and officers — including Nonna’s (Grandma’s) linguine and meatballs. Additional charge applies.

Alfredo's on Royal Princess
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Alfredo’s Pizzeria

Found on: Princess Cruises 
Hands down the freshest and most flavorful pizza at sea, Alfredo’s on Regal, Royal, Grand, and Sapphire Princess serves made-to-order Neapolitan-style pies oven-fired to crispy perfection. Bravo!

Found on: Princess Cruises 
Hands down the freshest and most flavorful pizza at sea, Alfredo’s on Regal, Royal, Grand, and Sapphire Princess serves made-to-order Neapolitan-style pies oven-fired to crispy perfection. Bravo!

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