Azamara debuts fresh new menu at Aqualina

Chef Robert van Rijsbergen dishes up contemporary, inventive Italian cuisine with two new rotating menus.

Lobster ravioli, homemade gnocchetti and prosciutto-wrapped scallops are only among the delectable starters featured on Aqualina’s new menu, which was recently updated by Azamara’s Corporate Executive Chef Robert van Rijsbergen in autumn 2014. While onboard, guests can now enjoy two rotating menus — changing every five days throughout a voyage — that showcase a diverse medley of classic Italian dishes with a modern touch.

From an early age, Chef Robert garnered a passion for cooking while helping his mother in their home kitchen in Zeeland, The Netherlands. Equipped with a background in fine dining from Michelin-starred restaurants and having served as an officer’s chef in the Royal Dutch Navy, Chef Robert set his main goal as bringing “the Azamara Club Cruises’ culinary experience to the next level.”

Inspired by his travels to Sorrento, Italy, Chef Robert designed Aqualina’s new menu to feature dishes which are simple, fresh and very tasty. While the restaurant’s airy contemporary décor remains the same, Aqualina has been totally remade with a scrumptious selection of antipasti, soups, salads, main courses and desserts. Among the new menu items, Chef Robert’s favorite is the Vitello Tonnato, a traditional veal dish made here with ahi tuna. “It’s a classic dish,” he said, “but with a whole new presentation.”

Aqualina’s new menu is currently being served onboard both the Azamara Quest® and Azamara Journey®. Since its debut, Chef Robert has already received great praise from guests, who say they love his twist on Italian favorites.

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