Alitalia Proves Themselves Once More

This is the last of the time-lapse posts. I’m doing this in March, but the trip was in December.
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Early in the morning we were up and on our way to the airport. The Rome airport was easily navigated and we rested briefly in the lounge before boarding.

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On board, I had the obligatory glass of prosecco. I’m not complaining about this.

Once at cruising altitude they brought our lunch. The Alitalia service is professional and efficient.

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The meal started with steamed sliced apples with crunchy radish in an apple mostarda and salt flavoured honey sauce as well as a chicken cake with sweet and sour pickled vegetables. The chicken cake was a bit unusual but flavorful. I just don’t know how I feel about chicken in cake form.

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The spinach and herb omelette was a little dry to me.

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The first course was either a rice timbale with taleggio cheese, spinach and purple potatoes or pasta served with San Marzano tomatoes and basil. Once again I had both, as both were truly wonderful. They would be very good on the ground and were great in the air.

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Next came lamb stew with thyme, laurel and yoghurt in a Pioppini mushroom sauce. I chose this rather than the roast salted codfish. It was fantastic and I was glad to see the recipe in the menu book. Perhaps I will make it sometime.

The side dishes is where they really got me. I eschewed the carrots and green salad, rather going with the celery mashed potato dumplings and the spinach. The potatoes were a revelation. The celery was just a remarkable bright flavor. I really must make this sometime. And the spinach was easily enjoyable, with raisins and pine nuts.

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For dessert I had the Duchess of Parma cake. This was a small chocolate torte.

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The espresso was served in a lovely demitasse cup.

From there we rested for some time. I once again tried watching Iron Man 3 – and actually completed it this time. Usually I try to sleep on the return flight, but this time I didn’t. I tried to stay awake so I would arrive exhausted and ready to sleep off the jet lag.

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Eventually we were approaching New York, and were served a satisfying tasty snack of casera cheese and salami with vegetable strudel. Interestingly enough I don’t think of strudel as being Italian, but considering the northeastern region (Trentino Alto-Adige) was once part of Austria, it certainly is.

We landed and disembarked and were passed quickly through customs. From there D and I bid each other safe travels, as he was on his way to Manhattan whereas I was awaiting my Detroit-bound plane.

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The layover was uneventful, and I eventually crawled into my seat on the port side of the plane and dozed off. Once aloft I woke briefly to see the glow of Manhattan illuminating the clouds from below. Then I slept my way to Detroit.

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