Holland America Adds Extra Pizzazz to Menus

Revised Canaletto dishes focus on fresh pasta and traditional dishes
Broiled lobster tails
Broiled lobster tails are one of the new entrees on the refreshed Canaletto menu. Holland America photo

Holland America has debuted a newly revised Canaletto menu that focuses on freshly produced pasta made on board and traditional Italian cuisine. Cruise line guests can indulge in a meal at the specialty restaurant – only open for supper – that features a number of new options in addition to the classic favorites that are still available.

In Florida, Holland America sails from Port Everglades in Fort Lauderdale.

The cuisine at Canaletto is authentically Italian, and the cooks onboard Holland America Line make all the pasta from scratch. In addition to a Special of the Day, the updated menu offers a three-course dinner that consists of Small Plates, Homemade Pastas and Entrées, and Desserts.

“The pasta we make onboard is exceptional and we want the updated menu to continue to reflect an Italian experience with a focus on freshness and authenticity,” said Michael Stendebach, Holland America Line’s vice president, food and beverage. “Each course has a selection that brings the flavors of Italy on board no matter where our ships are cruising, and the update adds some exciting new dishes and cocktails.”

At Canaletto, diners can begin their dinner with a small plate. Prosciutto di parma, finocchiona salami, truffle salami, Terre Ducali coppa, Parmigiano Reggiano, and Sicilian olives are included in the well-known Antipasto Plate. Veal and sage meatballs, burrata, Canaletto salad, and grilled tiger shrimp are more possibilities.

The highlight of the entrée options is fresh pasta prepared on board. Casarecce Pesto Genovese, Italian Sausage Paccheri, Seared Mediterranean Seabass, and Scallop and Calamari Trenette are some of the new menu items. The Chianti-Braised Beef Short Rib and the Herb and Parmesan Crusted Chicken Breast are perennial favorites. Ossobuco, which was previously a weekly special, is now available every day.

The menu at Canaletto offers a variety of traditional Italian sweets, including Tiramisu, Lemon Ricotta Baked Cheesecake, Chocolate Hazelnut Tart, Affogato, and three flavors of gelato. Additionally, fresh gelato is created every day on board.

The redesigned menu is highlighted by new beverages in addition to the cuisine. With an Aperol Spritz, Spumoni (made with De Lijn Gin from Holland America Line), Tuscan Lemon Drop, or a Canaletto Bellini with a choice of fruit puree, guests can say “hello.” Along with beer and digestives, the menu also offers a selection of sparkling, white, and red wines.

The “Have it All” package includes dinner at Canaletto as a specialty dining option for an additional $25 per person.

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