Good morning from my home in Rochester Hills, MI. No room service this morning. No awesome almond croissant from the International Cafe. No dinner reservations at a specialty restaurant. Our flight arrived early in Detroit, but we sat on a taxiway for 15 minutes while another arriving flight parked. Collected our bags, hopped on shuttle to parking, and were the second to last of five parties to get to our vehicle. Lots of rush hour traffic on the way home, so we were a little behind schedule but arrived home safely at 4:45. Took a Nino's Margherita pizza out of the freezer while DH went to Kroger for some staples. Did some minimal unpacking but will finish today. Enjoyed pizza while watching Wheel of Fortune
that we missed while we were away. Went to bed shortly thereafter. Travel is tiring.
Our dinner at Sabatini's on the last night of the cruise turned out to be the best meal of the voyage. We were so glad to have been able to get a reservation! We have always gone to Sabatini's on every cruise and would have missed it terribly if we hadn't been able to enjoy a dinner there. Princess ships are built in Italy, and the head chefs have always been Italian, so there is a lot of Italian influence in the onboard cuisine. Sabatini's showcases Princess' prowess in Italian cuisine - our favorite. While not as good as Picano's, the food is a close rival with some menu items equal to what we'd get at our favorite local Italian restaurant.
We started our meal with a lovely Chianti recommended by the sommelier. We considered a couple of the pricier super Tuscan wines, but the sommelier said if we like Chiantis, we should go with his recommendation. We were pleased with the wine that was a perfect accompaniment to our wonderful dinner. Waiter delivered a bread basket and two large arancini (cheese-stuffed rice balls) with marinara. We each had one and waiter asked if we wanted more. No; we had to save room for the rest of the meal
We skipped the appetizer course, but both had the house salad. We each ordered a pasta dish: DH had seafood linguine in a light lemon-wine sauce. I had pasta primavera with asparagus, broccoli, zucchini, yellow squash, cherry tomatoes in a light tomato-wine sauce. We asked for small portions so we could order main dishes, but the pastas could have easily been a meal. Both were delicious! DH ordered Osso Bucco with saffron risotto for his main course, and I had chicken in rosemary-wine sauce. I didn't want mashed potatoes (they're usually made with milk and butter), so waiter promised me extra veggies. The dish included three chicken breast medallions with plenty of lovely sauteed vegetables. For dessert, we both chose Chocolate Journeys that is a sampler of four different chocolate concoctions, all of which are amazing. We both deemed the vanilla zabaglione with chocolate covered berries the best of the four. We would ordinarily finish our dinner in Sabatini's with a shot of limoncello but were told that the supply for this cruise was exhausted. We finished our Chianti instead of taking the bottle back to our stateroom.
The restaurant manager was a gorgeous young woman from Romania who visited our table a couple of times while we were dining. DH told her how disappointed we'd have been if we hadn't been able to enjoy at least one dinner in Sabatini's and that our dinner there had been the best of the cruise. She thanked us for the compliments, and we later learned that she comped our dinners ($25pp)! We had also received a $50 credit because our laptop wouldn't work in our stateroom. We were sitting at a table in Bistro Sur La Mer for most of our internet use - the same table where we sat for dinner twice. No further cruise food reports. Thanks for following.