A note about our cruise ship. We cruised on the maiden voyage of the Carnival Sunshine
which had just undergone a $155 million makeover. My naval friends called this a "shakedown" cruise for good reason. But despite some inconveniences with work not being quite done, we had a fantastic time and loved the ship. One of our loves was the Neapolitan-style pizzas that were prepared and served on-board 24/7. These pizzas were a huge improvement from the pizza we had on previous Carnival cruises.
Tossing pizza on the Sunshine.
After our pizza at del Presidente we were quite full and I had a buzz after drinking 500ml of house wine. Using the skills we learned from The Contingent and knowing the pizza oven was on the ship, we decided on take-out pizza from Di Matteo and have it reheated onboard. Each of the pizzerias had a carry-out display case. The server didn't understand English, but he understood me pointing at each item in the case and holding up one finger.
The restaurant is known for its fried foods too, as evidenced by the stain they left on the pizza box.
We didn't know what we ordered, I think one is a fried rice ball and the other a pasta and meat fritter.
We asked the on-board pizza guys to re-warm our pizza in their oven. It turned out to be a thrill for them to see real Neapolitan pizza and we shared a slice with them so they could compare the products. We ended up liking the sauce used on the ship better, but the crust from the Naples pizzeria was exceptional. It was soft at first bite, almost the texture of a risen donut, but had pull and was chewy after that. It almost sounds impossible.
The three slices on the lower left are Marinara Pizza. The slice in the upper right is a flatbread from Di Matteo.
That's it for Naples. I never would have thought of doing something like this before my time at Roadfood.com. It made for a really special and memorable day for Bobbius and me.
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