Alitalia has won for the seventh consecutive year the highly coveted ‘Best Airline Cuisine’ award by the readers of US publication ‘Global Traveler’. The major accolade for the Italian airline follows a large, in-depth air traveller survey in the magazine by nearly 30,000 frequent flyers who were asked to comment on excellence in the travel and tourism industry.
The prestigious award confirms an international recognition of Alitalia’s commitment to provide excellent food on board its planes, its selection of quality wines and the airline’s aim to promote a modern twist on Italian fine dining throughout the world.
Aubrey Tiedt, Alitalia’s Chief Customer Officer, said: “It’s a great honour for Alitalia to be granted this coveted awarded yet again by readers of Global Traveler and it’s hugely gratifying to the airline to see that the quality and variety of Italian cuisine we have on board our flights is recognised in a positive light by discerning frequent flyers. Alitalia has made huge investments in the past 18 months on in-flight products and service delivery. We have introduced in long-haul business class the ‘Dine Anytime’ concept which allows our customers to decide when they want to eat. Different inspirational regional Italian recipes change every three months and our cabin crew are ambassadors of Italian excellence at 10,000 metres above the ground serving gourmet dishes and providing our customers with a Made of Italy experience.”
Fine-dining business class meals include ‘Liparota style short pasta’, ‘swordfish rolls with capers from Pantelleria, rosemary potatoes and Sicilian caponata’, ‘San Daniele cured ham served with vegetables compote’ and “chicken supreme with a Montasio cheese heart accompanied by Tecia style potatoes and fresh asparagus’.
The exquisite Italian food is accompanied by a wide range of the best Italian wines carefully selected by Alitalia’s official sommelier and served by Alitalia cabin crew trained by the Italian Sommelier Foundation.