This season Riviera has made several calls on one of my favorite culinary destinations – Italy. From Venice to Rome and from gnocchi to fettuccine, it seems like a new pasta dish has tempted me in every port of call. Here are my favorites and the restaurants where you can enjoy them on your next Oceania Cruises voyage:
Ristorante da Raffaele | San Marco 2347 – Venice
Here they’ve mastered the trick to a light, pillowy gnocchi: avoid overworking the dough! Together with a glass of Soave, this was a perfect meal.
PACCHERI CON GAMBERONI
La Vecchia Cantina | Via della Mara 15 – Ravello (near the port of Amalfi)
On our Culinary Discovery Tour in Ravello, our host Salvatore treated us to a sumptuous pasta made with shrimp and a rich, flavorful stock. A side salad of arugula really brought out the pasta’s flavor.
PASTA CON PESCE
Osteria Nero D’Avola | Piazza San Domenico 2 – Taormina
In Sicily, pasta is typically served with fish – and rarely with cheese! Chef Turi’s delicious pasta was complemented by bountiful treasures of the sea and a white wine from the Benanti winery on Mount Etna.
Roscioli | Via dei Giubbonari 21 – Rome
The most decadent of all pastas, carbonara is made with egg yolks, pecorino Romano cheese and pancetta. This dish was the definition of comfort food.
FOCACCIA COL FORMAGGIO DI RECCO
Da Ö Vittoriö | Via Roma 160 – Recco (near the port of Portofino)
While some think of focaccia as a pizza-style bread, the Ligurian town of Recco is known for a thin, pasta-like version. On our Culinary Discovery Tour to this third-generation family restaurant, our host stretched an enormous sheet of dough over a pan, added stracchino cheese and another sheet of dough, and served us a piping hot plate of cheesy goodness right out of the oven.
What’s the best pasta dish you’ve ever had and where did you enjoy it?