Regent Adds Fine Italian Dining

| Wednesday, 14 Mar. 2012

"Talk Italian to me...."

Regent Seven Seas Cruises is launching a new restaurant on its three, all-inclusive luxury ships. Well, sort of. The restaurant is actually La Veranda, a popular breakfast and lunch buffet venue, which will be transformed into Sette Mari (meaning Seven Seas in Italian; very clever) at La Veranda at night.

"After a full day ashore, guests can select appetizers and the house-made pasta on their own and be finished in as little as 45 minutes, or enjoy a leisurely evening ordering specialties from the menu," says Mark Conroy, the line’s president.

Expect an extensive menu of antipasti and Italian specialty dishes, paired with select Italian wines. Regent Seven Seas is promising that each hand-crafted dish will be cooked to order.

An antipasti sampler is presented to all guests, featuring aged Parmesan cheese, marinated olives and bruschetta, as well veal meatballs and savory pastry stuffed with tomatoes and mozzarella. Should that not do it, an elaborate antipasti bar has further options.

A typical first course may be the special pasta of the day, prepared by a chef at a pasta station. Or guests may order their favorite from the menu. Think lasagna, spaghetti alla carbonara (with eggs, cream and bacon or pancetta) and penne with Bolognese (meat-based) sauce.

Entrees include cioppino, the popular seafood stew with lobster, shrimp and mussels in a garlic-white white tomato broth. Veal and lamb chops and Mediterranean sea bass also make menu appearances.

And yes, that ever-popular Italian dessert, tiramisu (means "pick-me-up," with espresso-brushed ladyfingers and rich mascarpone), will be served here.

Sette Mari at La Veranda debuts on Seven Seas Navigator (May 30), followed by Seven Seas Voyager (July 2) and then Seven Seas Mariner (July 13). Reservations are not required. Guests can also dine al fresco under the stars, which should be a wildly popular option. (RSSC.com; 800-285-1835)

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