Cucina del Capitano on Carnival Sunshine #CruisingCarnival

Wednesday, October 21, 2015
For our one year wedding anniversary, my husband and I went on the incredible Carnival Sunshine. This was my 11th cruise and my husbands first. However, all 10 cruises I had been on prior were smaller ships so this was my first time at sea with a multitude of entertainment and dining options.

There's one thing you wont do on the Carnival Sunshine - go hungry. I'm not talking about the buffets either. The first night of our anniversary, we were treated to dinner at Fahrenheit 555 Steakhouse, which you can read all about by clicking here.  During our 5 night cruise, we only had dinner once at the main dining room. We chose the enhanced dining options the other nights and left very impressed.

Today I am reviewing the Italian restaurant on board, Cucina del Capitano. When you board the ship, I would strongly suggest you take a look at the specialty dining options and make your reservations early. Also be sure to ask for a seat overlooking the water!

Cucina del Capitano
Gabe and I ate at Cucina del Captiano on our second night at sea. It was a great place to carbload for marathon training on a cruise. This dinner came at a cost of $15 a person and you were able to each select an appetizer, an entree and a desert.

Calamari Fitti:
Calamari rings, charred lime and sea salt
Il Capitano's Signature Arancini: Fried Risotto Balls, arugula, shaved Parmesan and tomato sauce.

Both were very good and cooked to perfection. I liked both of these dishes equally and would order them again.

Side of Spaghetti with Captain's Tomato Sauce
Brasato al Barolo:
Braised short ribs in a rich red Barolo wine sauce. Topped with crusted Almond's
Gamberetti Alla Pizzaiola:
Grilled shrimp with stewed mushrooms and peppers.

I had a difficult time selecting a entree. I wanted everything....Spaghetti Carbonara, Chicken Parmesean, Nona's Linguine & Meatballs. I have no idea how we ended up with the shrimp dish but it was a very good selection. The short rib was perfectly tender and full of flavor. The side of Spaghetti did not disappoint!

Magic Tiramisu
Sicilian Cannoli

Both classic Italian desserts were perfect. I wanted to go back nightly for cannoli's. The Espresso was the perfect ending to this Italian meal.

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