ABOARD THE REGAL PRINCESS – I’ve only been on the Regal Princess for two days and I’ve eaten lunch both days at Alfredo’s.
Located near the Piazza on deck six midship, Alfredo’s is open 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. The décor is elegant but casual and comfortable. Circular booths and tables and chairs are spaced far enough apart for a bit of privacy.
A wall of windows offers glorious views of the ocean. At first glance, I thought Alfredo’s was one of those pay-extra-to-eat-here restaurants on the Regal Princess. But it isn’t.
Alfredo’s is a surprisingly quiet dining spot with delicious food. If the menu changed a couple times during my cruise, I might eat lunch here every day. However, it is the same menu for the entire cruise.
The menu, of course, is Italian and you can see the chefs working behind a glass partition at one end of the dining room. The menu offers a small choice of appetizers, entrees and desserts.
When I walked up to the entry desk, the hostess asked if I would like a table by the window. As a solo passenger, I have often found that some cruise lines don’t want to waste a premium table on one person. So, this was a pleasant question. And the view of the ocean outside my window was a wonderful complement to my meal.
For starters, I had the Antipasto Assortito di Magro. It was a yummy combo of mozzarella cheese, grilled zucchini, tomatoes and roasted red and yellow peppers, drizzled with balsamic vinegar and basil sauce. It was so good that I ordered it both times I ate lunch at Alfredo’s.
For an entrée the first day, I chose Rollata di Merazaone, baked rolled eggplant stuffed with angel hair pasta, mozzarella grana Padano cheeses and topped with cherry tomatoes and basil sauce. It was great.
For my second lunch, I tried the Regal Princess Pizza which my server said was the most popular pizza on their menu. I can certainly see why. It was a delicious thin-crust pizza topped with ham, Parmesan cheese and cherry tomatoes.
The Regal Princess also serves pizza at Prego Pizzeria from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. on Deck 16 near the swimming pool. I’ve seen passengers enjoying that pizza from the time it opens to the time it closes. I had the pepperoni pizza there at movie time and am sure I will have it again.
Other menu choices at Alfredo’s include minestrone soup, mixed green salad with balsamic vinaigrette, pasta pocket filled with veal beef and tossed in creamy veal sauce, calzone, and Pizza Tarantina with mussels, bay shrimp, capers, and mozzarella.
Dessert was classic tiramisu – coffee-soaked ladyfinger biscuits and sweet mascarpone with marsala zabaglione – or apple tart with apricot jam and vanilla sauce.
I skipped dessert both days at Alfredo’s because I know I am going to be eating dinner in a few hours. Regardless of where I eat on the Regal Princess, I’m sure I am going to go home with extra weight that seems to be a souvenir of every happy voyage.
Photos by Jackie Sheckler Finch