Guancialepecorino, egg, salt and pepper: these are the simple – and only – ingredients in a carbonara, one of the most-loved dishes in the world. To celebrate this truly Italian speciality, Costa Cruises is taking part in #CarbonaraDay, organized by the International Pasta Organization and the Associazione delle Industrie del Dolce e della Pasta (The Italian Association of Confectionery and Pasta Industries).

In association with Barilla, Costa Cruises is paying tribute to “Italy’s finest”, celebrating #CarbonaraDay onboard its fleet. Carbonara will be served for dinner in restaurants on board 10 ships, in various destinations around the world: from the Caribbean to the United Arab Emirates. In addition, guests on Costa Deliziosa and Costa Fascinosa can watch a cooking demonstration, where every step required to make this delicious recipe will be shown. To spread the news about the holiday, all guests on Costa ships will be invited to post photos of their mouthwatering carbonara on their social channels with the hashtags #CarbonaraDay #CostaCruises.

The ten commandments of a real Carbonara:

1. No pancetta: it must be guanciale

2. Only use egg yolks

3. Pecorino is essential

4. Do not add onion when frying the guanciale

5. Do not use oil, only fat from the guanciale

6. Do not use cream

7. Use spaghetti or rigatoni

8. The pasta must be cooked al dente

9. Season with some ground pepper

10. Mix the ingredients when they are raw

But there’s much more than pasta onboard Costa Cruises ships! Guests can enjoy many other delicious Italian specialities: from regional menus to the special menu by the chef Bruno Barbieri; from mozzarella made on board to pizzas with San Marzano DOP tomatoes, selected flours and sourdough starter; from chocolate pralines by Guido Gobino to ice cream made with Agrimontana ingredients; and from illy coffee to Ferrari sparkling wines and Aperol Spritz.

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