Costa Cruises has announced that it will begin producing Mozzarella di Bufala onboard, to be featured in a new Mozzarella Gourmet Bar on ships across its fleet.
Costa Diadema will be the first ship to debut the new gourmet bar in 2016 and the rest of the ships in the fleet will begin to produce Buffalo Mozzarella onboard in 2017.
Cruise guests will be able to observe as the cheese is made, beginning with buffalo milk curd from Paestum Greek temples of Salerno, Italy, and sample it while it is still warm. The cheese will be paired with an assortment of cold cuts and other high-quality Italian specialities. Burrata, Stracciatella and the traditional Fior Di Latte will also be served.
The Buffalo Mozzarella produced onboard will also be used in the fleet's Pummid’oro pizzerias. The pizza dough will be based on natural yeast, which is already being used thanks to a collaboration with the University of Gastronomic Sciences in Pollenzo.
This new offering is part of Costa's ongoing effort to bring Italian cuisine onboard. In addition to regional Italian menus and special gala night menus, crafted by two Italian, Michelin-star chefs, the line has partnered with popular brands like Barilla, Illy Caffé, Ferrari Spumante and Campari. Guests can enjoy burgers made with high-quality and 100-percent Italian Fasson meat and, at Costa Diadema's Amarillo ice cream parlor, Agrimontana handmade ice cream. Costa has also collaborated with maître chocolatier Guido Gobino and maître pâtissier chocolatier Luigi Biasetto to bring Italian-style sweets onboard.