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 The expansive Montmartre Restaurant on Modigliani Deck is Costa Allegra's main dining room and is reached by a staircase (and elevators) from a colorful lobby on the deck above, where the Flamenco Ballroom next door just happens to serve the best pre-dinner cocktails. So no more waiting in line until the restaurant doors open!

Most meals in the Montmartre Restaurant are served in two seatings, with the late seating being around 9:00 PM in European waters. Considering Costa's Italian heritage, late seating truly means LATE! The restaurant has a capacity of 474 persons and is decorated in what vaguely resembles a French bistro style. With its minimalist decorations, lack of window treatments and basic furniture, the Montmartre Restaurant is one of my least favorite rooms on Costa Allegra.

Lobby on Degas Deck leading down to the Montmartre Restaurant

However, a dining room's popularity is all about the food and service; not so much the decoration. Enjoying lunch on board, I found the staff very attentive and the food good.  

Don't expect haute cuisine though - the food served on Costa ships is best described as standard fare with some Italian influences. Presentation and quality of the ingredients is generally a notch above the European competitors though. And even though Costa Cruises is now part of the big Carnival family, be sure to order as many pasta dishes as humanly possibly - they are excellent. Service from an international dining room staff is generally good, but it seems odd to put so much emphasis on an Italian experience if 90% of the service staff is not Italian. Which means your Philippine waiter will probably look very uncomfortable singing "O Sole Mio" in his Italian costume...!

Montmartre Restaurant

Montmartre Restaurant
Montmartre Restaurant

Montmartre Restaurant

Staircase down to the restaurant

Montmartre Restaurant
Montmartre Restaurant
Montmartre Restaurant

 

All photos and text: 2004-2005 Bart de Boer - www.ShipParade.com

First published on May 29, 2005

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