Qantas Plates Up Regional Italian Fare at 30,000 Feet

A four-week dining special has been rolled out ahead of the airline’s launch of nonstop flights between Australia and Italy.

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Italian favorites are available across selected Qantas lounge and international inflight menus this month to celebrate the debut of a direct Perth–Rome route on June 25. Passengers taking off on the new services will experience la dolce vita in the sky with an Italian-inspired business-class menu paired with Australian-grown Italian wine varietals such as Montepulciano and Vermentino selected by Qantas sommeliers.

Curated by Neil Perry, the celebrity chef who also serves as Qantas’ Creative Director of Food, Beverage and Service, the classics served in selected Qantas First and Business lounges include buffalo mozzarella with heirloom tomatoes and basil, and salumi with bocconcini, semi-dried tomatoes, olives, and pecorino-crushed peas. Meanwhile, the business-class inflight menu will feature regional recipes such as spaghettini with prawns, garlic, chili, slow roasted cherry tomatoes and pangrattato (crispy flavored breadcrumbs) along with traditional tiramisu, transporting passengers to a restaurant in Rome even before they touch down.

In a statement, Neil Perry said the dishes were inspired by his own travels to Italy, and the country’s rich food culture. “Italians live and breathe seasonality and freshness, so it was important when designing these menu items that we respected and celebrated the traditions of the cuisine and Rome’s deep history.” Qantas Chief Customer Officer Stephanie Tully said Australians were gearing up for their first European summer in two years, and added the airline was extending the Italian dining experience to certain domestic business-class lounges to “whet the appetite for international travel.”

Negronis will also be on the menu in business class and at selected airport lounges.

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