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Cathay Pacific Serves Up Italian Comfort Cusine

Cathay Pacific has joined forces with the famous Italian restaurant Pirata, based in Hong Kong. The partnership brings authentic, homestyle Italian cuisine to their flights. Passengers on select flights from Hong Kong can now indulge in Pirata’s delicious fare high above the clouds.

Cathay Pacific Italian menu.

This exciting partnership is the latest addition to Cathay Pacific’s ongoing efforts to enhance and diversify its in-flight dining options. To accomplish this, the airline has teamed up with popular Hong Kong brands.

Pirata, which opened its doors in 2014, is the flagship Italian restaurant of the Pirata Group in Wan Chai. They specialize in serving up regional Italian specialties shared on large plates.

Cathay Pacific understands that the little details set them apart, especially when it comes to in-flight dining. The airline strives to deliver exceptional dining experiences. It caters to individual preferences and needs by collaborating closely with partners.

Cathay’s Flying Comfort Foods

Long journeys can be exhausting, even for the most seasoned travelers. Offering passengers a taste of familiarity and comfort is truly valuable.

Cathay Pacific General Manager Customer Experience and Design Vivian Lo said: “We are very pleased to be partnering with Pirata in Premium Economy to bring our customers more new and exciting culinary delights when they fly with us. This collaboration underpins our commitment to enhance the inflight customer experience by working with renowned Hong Kong dining brands that share our care and passion for delivering exceptional cuisine.

“This carefully curated selection of dishes channels the spirit of Italian cuisine by focusing on sophisticated simplicity, traditional flavors and quality ingredients, bringing the rich and vibrant tastes of Italy to the skies.”

Pirata Group Chief Executive Officer Steen Puggaard said: “It’s an honor to be able to bring to the skies the warmth and comfort of Italian family gatherings, which are hallmarks of our flagship restaurant, Pirata. With this specially curated menu, we hope passengers will feel and taste a sense of unity and togetherness, even at thousands of feet in the air.

“As a Hong Kong-born restaurant group, a partnership with Hong Kong’s own home carrier is a milestone for us. This collaboration enables us to expand on our commitment to deliver extraordinary dining experiences beyond the walls of a traditional restaurant, creating lasting memories for travelers around the world.”

Cathay Pacific and Pirata’s culinary teams aimed to capture the essence of the restaurant’s genuine and traditional Italian cuisine when creating the in-flight menus. Inspired by the communal nature of Italian family get-togethers, they crafted each dish carefully, ensuring that every bite brings the comforting flavors of a homemade Sunday family lunch to the skies.

Promotional Menu for Premium Economy Passengers

Experience a delightful culinary journey onboard selected medium- and long-haul flights from Hong Kong. The airline’s promotional menu is now available exclusively for passengers traveling in Premium Economy.

Whether you are a foodie or simply seeking a tasty dining experience, Cathay’s menu delights. Choose Premium Economy and savor the taste of Italy as you soar through the skies.

Cathay’s Italian-Comfort Starters

Indulge in a delectable array of dishes inspired by the flavors of Italy. Kickstart your meal with a scrumptious Caprese salad featuring a delightful blend of juicy tomatoes and bread. This starter blends the best of Campania and Tuscany with a burst of flavors to tantalize your taste buds.

For a taste of the land and sea, indulge in the airline’s unique take on the summer favorite, “Vitello” tonnato. It is roast beef with tuna and caper sauce. As an alternative, try the tuna and saffron orzo salad. It draws inspiration from the traditional Sicilian pasta dish with a short cut orzo shaped like a grain of rice. Meanwhile, the baby octopus and crushed potato salad is a dish of timeless tradition. Tender baby octopus is braised with tomatoes, black olives, and a dash of chili. This is served over a bed of lightly crushed potatoes.

Mains Feature Italy’s Signature Dishes

From the mains, discover the decadent pork saltimbocca with mushroom jus. Cathay’s spin on a Roman classic is a pork loin wrapped in Parma ham and layered with provolone and sage. Or try the chicken pizzaiola with roasted zucchini and saffron rice. It has juicy, tender chicken topped with an oregano-infused tomato sauce and melted mozzarella.

Cathay Pacific pork saltimbocca with mushroom jus.
Cathay Pacific’s Italian pork saltimbocca with mushroom jus.

The ultimate comfort food is the Calabrian-style orecchiette pasta with Italian sausage, spicy ‘nduja, and cherry tomatoes. It combines orecchiette pasta with a creamy sauce that provides a hint of spice. Meanwhile, the classic Italian meatloaf with marinara sauce is a nod to Pirata’s signature M.M.M meatballs. The meatloaf blends ground beef and pork, paired with sautéed spinach and creamy mashed potatoes.

Complete the meal with a glass of Astoria Lounge Valdobbiadene Prosecco Superiore DOCG. Classified under the Denomination of Controlled and Guaranteed Origin—the highest level of quality for Italian wines—it is born on the hillside vineyards of Italy’s Veneto region.

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