Alitalia Catering

Old Jun 24, 14, 9:41 am
  #1  
Original Poster
 
Join Date: Feb 2002
Location: Montreux CH
Programs: FB Platinum, M&M FTL, BA Blue
Posts: 9,287
Alitalia Catering

I flew recently with Alitalia to Abu Dhabi and back and I was reasonably impressed with the catering. On the outbound flight there was a very light load, the crew were not stressed and service was excellent. I was served a copious meal tray in Classica (Economy Class) which consisted of a salad, fruit dessert and a very nice beef and potato dish. The cabin crew member serving me let me try the other meal option, pasta with spinach and ricotta, which was equally palatable. After he had finished serving, he remembered to bring me the pasta dish! The snack served prior to landing was a bit minimalist but pleasant enough, with a Madeleine and cookie on the small tray. Drinks were good with nice fruit juice (try the arancia rossa), decent enough wine for Economy and the usual tea, coffee and water.

The return flight consisted of a hot breakfast which was fair, with fruit and yoghurt, followed by a pre-landing snack with a nice beef sandwich.

Short haul flights are a different matter, however, with little offered except a small packet of biscuits even on a flight such as FCO-LCY with a block time of 2h40.

Any thoughts? If I can work of how to do so, I will post some photos.
Concerto is offline  
Old Jun 24, 14, 10:02 am
  #2  
R7U
 
Join Date: Aug 2013
Programs: TK Elite; HH Diamond; AA Plat; CC Gold
Posts: 307
Yes, Alitalia has nice catering service. I really like the red orange juice what they offer.
R7U is offline  
Old Jun 25, 14, 2:53 pm
  #3  
 
Join Date: Feb 2010
Location: Italy
Programs: AZ CFP "per sempre" (ST E+), BA Silver
Posts: 1,945
Originally Posted by Concerto View Post
Any thoughts? If I can work of how to do so, I will post some photos.
You should try the long-haul Magnifica catering :-)

The only airline which matches it in my experience is Etihad.
raistlin is offline  
Old Jun 25, 14, 3:04 pm
  #4  
 
Join Date: Jun 2006
Location: NYC
Programs: DL GM MM SC; GE; Marriott Titanium; IHG Spire
Posts: 2,014
My last AZ experience was not good. FCO-JFK last March in Classica Plus, the "pasta" was the most disgusting thing I've ever been served. Some sort of crepe-type thing with a thick, glue-like sauce and possibly vegetables buried in it, but I took one bite and gave up, I just couldn't eat it. I can get much better pasta at the Ciao Ristorante in the terminal and skip the nasty meal on board.
ShopAround is offline  
Old Jun 25, 14, 3:07 pm
  #5  
 
Join Date: Feb 2010
Location: Italy
Programs: AZ CFP "per sempre" (ST E+), BA Silver
Posts: 1,945
Originally Posted by ShopAround View Post
Some sort of crepe-type thing with a thick, glue-like sauce and possibly vegetables buried in it.
Would that be, by any chance, a "Crespella"?
http://1.citynews-modenatoday.stgy.i...-salmone-2.jpg
raistlin is offline  
Old Jun 25, 14, 3:22 pm
  #6  
 
Join Date: Jun 2006
Location: NYC
Programs: DL GM MM SC; GE; Marriott Titanium; IHG Spire
Posts: 2,014
Originally Posted by raistlin View Post
Would that be, by any chance, a "Crespella"?
http://1.citynews-modenatoday.stgy.i...-salmone-2.jpg
It was similar to that but didn't look nearly as good (or taste as good as that might have)!
ShopAround is offline  
Old Jun 26, 14, 5:43 am
  #7  
 
Join Date: Jun 2010
Posts: 925
AZ catering is generally good on the longer routes but has sadly been downgraded on shorter routes over the years.

It's quite easy to know what you'll get on your flight:

Flight less than 3 hours (includes Kiev):
Choice of either sweet or salty snack + drink.
Alcohol only on international flights.

Flight longer than 3 hours (includes Casablanca) on n/b:
Cold meal on tray.

w/b flights shorter than about 11 hours:
Full meal after departure, small meal before landing.

w/b flights longer than 11 hours:
Meal after departure, mid-flight snack, and cold meal before arrival.


An excellent airline meal review website (with pics) is www.airlinemeals.net
bungler is offline  
Old Aug 7, 14, 4:55 pm
  #8  
FlyerTalk Evangelist, Ambassador, British Airways Executive Club
 
Join Date: Jun 2008
Location: Somewhere between 0 and 13,000 metres high
Programs: AF/KL Life Plat, BA GfL+CCR, Aclub Plat, Hilton Diam, Marriott Gold, blablablah, etc
Posts: 25,840
Originally Posted by raistlin View Post
You should try the long-haul Magnifica catering :-)

The only airline which matches it in my experience is Etihad.
Magnifica is very good. A few others are very good too, such as OS, TK, EY and QR, sometimes QF. For some reason, the only part which tends to be a bit less good in Magnifica are the mains, but it is also frequently the least interesting part of many meals in Italy, and typically, the starters and pasta dishes are truly excellent for airline food.
orbitmic is offline  
Old Aug 17, 14, 9:27 pm
  #9  
FlyerTalk Evangelist
 
Join Date: Dec 2004
Location: East Coast
Programs: AA CONCIERGE KEY, HILTON DIAMOND
Posts: 10,460
Originally Posted by R7U View Post
Yes, Alitalia has nice catering service. I really like the red orange juice what they offer.
Yes, blood orange juice very refreshing.
fly747first is offline  
Old Aug 24, 14, 6:46 am
  #10  
 
Join Date: Mar 2010
Location: FRA
Programs: FB Plat & DL KM, Le Club Plat, GHA Plat, HHonors Diamond
Posts: 1,591
Originally Posted by fly747first View Post
Yes, blood orange juice very refreshing.
I second this one!
What is the meal schedule on J flights short and medium haul flights?
ajs123 is offline  
Old Sep 1, 14, 2:12 pm
  #11  
 
Join Date: Mar 2009
Location: United Kingdom
Programs: Flying Blue PFL, Miles & More Silver, Marco Polo Gold, Priority Club Spire, LeClub Gold
Posts: 543
Originally Posted by orbitmic View Post
For some reason, the only part which tends to be a bit less good in Magnifica are the mains
Because for the vast majority of Italians "Pasta" is traditionally the "Main" Course (and their flagship one)

Ciao
Ulxima
ulxima is offline  
Old Sep 2, 14, 11:38 pm
  #12  
Original Poster
 
Join Date: Feb 2002
Location: Montreux CH
Programs: FB Platinum, M&M FTL, BA Blue
Posts: 9,287
The pasta I had was really quite good, considering it was airline pasta and in economy too. On European economy flights they serve little packets of biscuits from different regions of Italy (for example, Tarulli biscotti) with the drinks service. Maybe everybody else knows this, for I certainly didn't, but lemon was originally put in the water supply in Sicily to act as a disinfectant. That's the origin of the custom of putting a slice of lemon in water and other drinks, and this was explained on Alitalia's packets of Sicilian lemon biscuits!
Concerto is offline  

Thread Tools
Search this Thread
Search Engine: