The cruise line’s latest specialty restaurant, that debuted here aboard Carnival Magic, honors Carnival’s Italian heritage—their captains are all Italian and most of their ships, including Carnival Magic, are built in Italy. Cucina del Capitano is an option for lunch (complimentary) and dinner (which carries a $10 cover charge). At lunch the hostess gives you a listing of pasta types, sauces, and add-ins to select from when you arrive. After designing your own pasta dish, it’s prepared and served to your table. At dinner, the menu features made-to-order Italian favorites developed by the company’s executive chef and four chefs de cuisine who spent three weeks in Italy on a research trip where they trained and ate with some of Italy’s finest chefs. Many of the Italian specialties were selected by Carnival’s captains and are served in a relaxed family-style setting where framed photos of the captains, their families, and the line’s ships are displayed on the walls.
Carnival Magic’s 24-hour pizzeria deserves special mention and ranks with Cruise Diva as the best pizza at sea. A short (ten minute) wait delivers a fresh out of the oven personal pan pizza with your selection of toppings. In the Marketplace buffet restaurant you'll find everything from the Mongolian Wok to a huge salad bar to the deli where excellent paninnis are prepared on the spot.
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