Costa Cruises Offers New Vegetarian and Vegan Menus
Vegan frittata with zucchini
Vegetarians and Vegans Have More Reasons to Celebrate World Vegetarian Day with Costa Cruises’ New Specialty Menus Featuring ‘Italy’s Finest’ Flavors
Costa Cruises is elevating its menu offerings to feature even more dishes that cater to veggie lovers. Costa has crafted new vegetarian and vegan menus so even the most selective palates can enjoy “Italy’s Finest” cuisine onboard. The Italian-flagged cruise line’s experienced and creative corporate chefs have developed new combinations and added an Italian touch to vegetarian and vegan dishes so guests will not have to sacrifice taste to maintain their lifestyle while cruising.
The menus feature dishes based mainly on food derived from plants and for vegans exclude dairy products and eggs.
“In the Mediterranean diet vegetables are of fundamental importance, and there are numerous vegetarian dishes in Italian cuisine that have always been part of our culinary tradition,” said Antonio Brizzi, Costa corporate traveling chef, “The new regional menus just recently introduced onboard Costa ships include many dishes that fully satisfy certain needs of many of our guests.
“For example,” Brizzi continued, “in the Venetian cuisine, there is a soup called risi e bisi (rice and peas), as well as Treviso radicchio strudel with Monte Veronese DOP cheese. The Ligurian regional menu offers a delicious dish, trenette with pesto, while moving south, and specifically in Puglia, there is a dish consisting of celeriac and caciocavallo cheese.”
By skillfully blending natural ingredients with a passion for cooking, Costa’s corporate chefs have created complete menus with breakfast, appetizer, dinner and dessert dishes. The wide array of offerings includes a reinterpretation of the traditional arancino, stuffed with rice and vegetables and served with stewed lentils, a tasty and original hamburger made with kidney beans and served with a garden rocket and apricot salad, cauliflower and fig tempura flavored with raspberry sauce, and sweet potato and red onion soup. Guests can also savor special and original combinations, such as porcini mushroom and Savoy cabbage soup laced with fig vinegar, an appetizer consisting of cold zucchini stuffed with goat cheese and toasted almonds, or country-style spaghetti with stewed chick peas and vegetables.
All guests should indicate any special dietary needs or preferences, including vegetarian and vegan, when booking their cruise.