Just about every cruise ship serves pizza. Some serve it as a 24-hour room service option and others, like Princess Cruises, really pride themselves on their pies. Alfredo’s Pizzeria, named after Princess Cruises’ master chef Alfredo Marzi, serves up freshly cooked Neapolitan style pizza at no additional cost to you. Chef Marzi has been with Princess Cruises for over 40 years and the pizzas he had growing up in Italy are the inspiration for his recipes at Alfredo’s.
The setup of the open-air kitchen and dining bar allows you to watch as your personal pizza is being crafted. The environment is casual and a great spot for grabbing lunch on a sea day. The restaurant can seat up to 121 guests but it gets packed around noon, so plan accordingly.
The menu: What you need to know is you can’t walk in there and just order a slice. Alfredo’s does not have pies on the side waiting for patron’s to come in. Each pizza is freshly made once you’ve placed your order. The pizza was clearly the most popular item on the menu, as every table around me had at least one, but you can also order Italian antipasti, soup, salad, calzones, baked pastas and desserts.
The pizza: This is not the frozen pizza you’d get at a Chuck E. Cheese kid’s party. It’s actually quite tasty and comparable to something you might get at a gourmet restaurant. The pizza is Neapolitan-style so it’s on the thinner side, the crust is chewy but not doughy, and the ingredients are fresh. I ordered the BBQ Chicken pizza, which happened to be the special of the day. Truthfully it wasn’t my favorite and was a bit bland. It smelled like BBQ but I didn’t quite taste any on the pizza. Other than that, it was satisfying and quite filling for lunch.
The service: Friendly and to the point. We sat down a few minutes past noon and Alfredo’s was packed. Try getting there a bit before the noon rush to avoid the wait. We waited about 20 minutes for a table, but the jugglers in the piazza kept us entertained.
The price: Nothing extra, it’s included.