Saturday, June 8, 2019

Dining at Sabatini's on Princess Cruises

I don't like Italian food and I certainly don't do pasta, so when we received this coupon book in our cabin with the coveted B1G1 specialty dining coupon,
Sabatini's would have been the last place we would have considered. The coupon can only be used on embarkation day and lucky for hubby, I was feeling a bit adventurous.

The Royal Princess was in Whittier, Alaska on this particular embarkation day. We were in-transit passengers (on the ship the week before) but many of the new passengers still hadn't boarded, let alone have a chance to see if there was a coupon book in their cabins. We made reservations for 5:30 pm and had the place to ourselves. 

I could explain all the courses and tell you how great each one was and how the service was outstanding but that would get boring (for both of us). Instead I'll leave you with pictures. They're worth a thousand words, right?

Compliments from the Chef course:
Herbed & Spicy Focaccia Grissini
Rosemary Flatbread with Air-Cured Parma Prosciutto
Marinated Green & Black Olives
For our antipasti course:
Insalata di Gamberi, Finocchi e Cannellini: marinated shrimp, shaved fennel and white beans, white truffle oil 

Mosaico di Verdure Grigliate e Porcini all’ Olio Vergine d’Oliva: porcini mushrooms, roasted garlic, grilled zucchini and eggplant drizzled with our own extra virgin olive oil 
Pasta course:
Spaghetti allo Scoglio: langostino, diver scallops, tiger shrimp, vongole and black mussels in cherry tomato sauce

Penne con Brasato di Manzo: braised short rib over penne, grana padano 
Main course:
Bistecca Toscana: 10 ounce strip steak with rosemary, garlic and a touch of our own extra-virgin olive oil

Lombata di Vitello al Forno: roasted veal rack with mushroom ragout, barolo glaze
Torta Profumata ai Limoni di Sorrento: citrus tart and chocolate ribbon with orange and balsamico essence
Sinfonia di Sapori: almond, hazelnut and pecan florentine napoleon blancmange, praline mousse and caramel pecan brittle 

Here are the menus in case you'd like to see what other choices they had. Note we ate at Sabatini's not at the new Sabatini's Trattoria.