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CRUISE DESTINATIONS, EUROPE, SOCAL LIFE

EXPERIENCE ITALIAN CUISINE IN OC & IN ITALY ON A CELEBRITY CRUISE

AUGUST 13, 2015

Eat it Here, Then Eat it There…
Italian Restaurants Honored at the Golden Foodies in Orange County

Do you love Italian cuisine? Then you’re in good company if you live in SoCal. So popular is Italian food that it’s even one of the categories for the Golden Foodies Awards of Orange County.

Last year, the 2014 Golden Foodies nominees were Antonella Ristorante, Cucina Enoteca, and Mare Culinary Lounge (with Mare Culinary Lounge taking home the win). 2015 voting is underway – you can cast your vote for your favorite Orange County restaurant, and then stay tuned for who the winner is when they’re announced on September 27 at the awards ceremony in Newport Beach — and Celebrity Cruises will see you there!

After you get your fill of Italian cuisine in Orange County, experience the tastes of Italy by going to the boot-shaped Italian country on a Celebrity cruise.

Celebrity Cruises Italy Ports of Call

Celebrity Cruises has many incredible ports of call throughout Italy that you can visit. Depending on your interests, you can choose an itinerary that just stops at one or two of them along with visiting other nearby countries, or do an itinerary that is predominately Italian ports of call. Here is a list of some of the most popular ports of call – and some of the dishes they’re known for that you can try while in port:

Livorno – This is the gateway port to Florence and Pisa. Visit the famous Leaning Tower of Pisa or the stunning Duomo in Florence, then dine on a streetside panini and savor the quality of bread you’ll find.

Naples – Known for its delicious Neapolitan pizza. From Naples, you can also visit the Amalfi Coast, Capri, or Pompeii while in port.

CivitavecchiaRome is just a brief train ride away from this port town, where you can see Rome’s many historic sites plus eat some Offal, a meat tradition that uses the part of meat that normally gets thrown out; the history of which goes back to the many slaughterhouses that were once in Rome. The Carbonara found in Rome is also excellent.

Venice – The city built on water has amazing canal views plus is known for its Baccala’ Mantecata (a mousse style way of preparing dried, salted cod) and many tasty gelato shops.

La Spezia – For those wanting to experience the wonder of Cinque Terre, La Spezia is a great starting off point for that adventure. Each of the five small towns is also known for its local produce and fish.

Messina – Experience the world of Sicily while in port in Messina and try the local spaghetti – it may typically be considered a simple dish, but your tastebuds won’t find anything simple about the spaghetti served in Sicily.

In addition to these ports of call, Celebrity has itineraries that visit Genoa, Ravenna, Salerno, Cagliari, and Catania.

You can also try some Italian cuisine when onboard your Celebrity cruise ship at the specialty restaurant, Tuscan Grille, which serves up family-style Italian dishes in a setting reminiscent of an elegant Tuscan farmhouse.

To plan your cruise to Italy, visit us online or speak with your local travel agent.

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