Craving something other than the main dining room, but don't want to break the bank? Holland America's Canaletto is an affordable Italian restaurant available across the fleet. Dive into a variety of small plates, pastas and entrees with your tablemates, and get ready to share.
Holland America's Canaletto steers clear of the trattoria-style decor, fresco paintings and stone walls embellished with copper pots and pans so often found in Italian restaurants on cruise ships. Instead, it maintains a casual, modern vibe that keeps its Italian inspirations on the menu. The look and feel varies by ship, but each venue is generally bright, open and airy -- perfect for the family style of dining that attracts both couples and large groups.
Location also plays a role in the atmosphere. Canaletto sits next to the bustling Lido Buffet. Because of this, diners will notice more chatter here than in other specialty restaurants, such as Pinnacle Grill and Tamarind.
The dinner-only menu includes a variety of small plates, pastas, entrees and desserts. Small plates consume a large portion of the menu, with dishes such as duck and chicken liver pate, seared beef carpaccio, eggplant caponata and vermouth-braised clams. Pasta options are pretty basic, ranging from spaghetti to ricotta ravioli.
Both the small plates and pastas are made for sharing -- and succeed in offering just the right portions to leave your tastebuds wanting more. For the main course, diners choose one of four meat or seafood dishes. There are no vegetarian entrees on the menu. However, vegetarian, gluten-free and diabetic meals can be requested in advance. Desserts are what you might find in other Italian restaurants (think tiramisu and gelato).
The price is $15 per person for dinner.
Editor's Note: Menus are samples only and are subject to change by ship and itinerary.
Which ships have Canaletto?
Canaletto is available on every Holland America ship.
See photos of Canaletto on Holland America's Eurodam.