In the buffets, passengers will be able to sample a range of dishes based on traditional Italian regional recipes, made using Barilla pasta.
Starting from October 25, this special program dedicated to pasta will become a regular weekly feature on all the company’s cruises, under the name of Pasta in Festa (Pasta Party).
‘This initiative further strengthens our partnership with Barilla, an Italian name synonymous with excellence,’ said Costa Cruises president Neil Palomba. ‘For our guests, who come from over 200 different countries, we will be preparing pasta dishes inspired by the Italian tradition which are tasty but also ideal for a healthy diet and respectful of the environment.’
Barilla’s president for Italy Francesco Del Porto, commented ‘Pasta tastes good, it’s good for you and its sustainable and we want to convey this, together with the emotion of conviviality and Italian style, to all Costa’s cruise guests.’
Six types of pasta will be available prepared on the spot, like caserecce with peppers, mezze maniche (tube-shaped pasta) with trevisano red chicory and walnuts on cream of Taleggio cheese, whole grain spaghetti with cherry tomatoes, capers, olives and monkfish or Sardinian gnocchi (dumplings) with red mullet and saffron.
Also on the menu are two cold pasta dishes, namely whole grain mezze penne alla mediterranea, rich in fiber, and an original fusilli pasta salad with chicken, balsamic vinegar and hazelnuts.
There will also be cooking demonstrations conducted by shipboard chefs, who will reveal the tricks of the trade and give tips on how to make perfect pasta.
A video broadcast in the cabins will explain to guests the details of this joint commitment and the scientific principles of Barilla’s Double Pyramid model which reveals that the most environmentally friendly foods – like pasta, rice, fruit and vegetables – are often the healthiest ones for human consumption, while many foods that are damaging to our bodies are also damaging to the environment.