Here’s Day Eight in a series of blog from our friend Jackie about her recent Regal Princess experience! Enjoy!
Regal Princess- Alfredo’s Offers Great Food and Quiet Dining Spot
When I walked up to the entry desk at Alfredo’s, 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 window 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.
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 great ocean views and delicious food. If the menu changed a couple times during my cruise, I might have eaten lunch here every day. However, it is the same menu for the entire cruise.
As it is, I have eaten lunch here my first two days at sea and am now beginning to see other passengers choose Alfredo’s as well. Perhaps, they also had thought Alfredo’s had an additional charge or maybe they were happily dining at the huge Horizon Court and Horizon Bistro on an upper deck by the swimming pool.
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.
Delicious dining choices
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. The appetizer was so good that I enjoyed it again the next day.
The Antipasto Assortito di Magro was a yummy combo of mozzarella cheese, grilled zucchini, tomatoes and roasted red and yellow peppers, drizzled with balsamic vinegar and basil sauce.
Named Rollata di Merazaone, my entrée was baked rolled eggplant stuffed with angel hair pasta, mozzarella cheese and topped with cherry tomatoes and basil sauce. It was great. In addition, Alfredo’s offers a nice variety of thin-crust pizza. Two of the most popular, my server said, are the Pizza Hawaiian with ham, pineapple and chicken, and the Pizza Regal Princess with ham, Parmesan and cherry tomatoes.
For my second day lunch, I picked the pepperoni pizza, brimming with pepperoni and cheese. The Regal Princess also serves pizza at Prego Pizzeria on Deck 16. Prego’s pizza was good but nowhere near the quality of Alfredo’s.
Prego Pizzeria is open from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. near the swimming pool. I’ve seen passengers enjoying that pizza from the time it opens to the time it closes. I’ve had the pepperoni pizza there at movie time and it was handy to walk up and get a slice of pizza immediately.
I already know that, regardless of where I eat on the Regal Princess, I am going to go home with some extra weight that seems to be a souvenir of every happy voyage.
Story and photos by Jackie Sheckler Finch.