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Friday,  July 19, 2024 6:20 PM 

Explora’s new Anthology concept unlocks the flavours of Italy

  • Cruises
  •   06-24-2024  9:01 am
  •   Pax Global Media

Explora’s new Anthology concept unlocks the flavours of Italy
Franck Garanger, head of culinary, Explora (left, Explora Journeys); Anthology restaurant (Pax Global Media/file photo)
Pax Global Media

Explora Journeys has launched new Italian concept for Anthology, a fine-dining experience that promises to take guests on “gastronomic adventure” through Italian cuisine.

Anthology is a one-of-a-kind dining experience at Explora. Every three to four months, the cruise line, MSC Group’s new luxury lifestyle brand, has unveiled partnerships and special experiences. It’s the only restaurant on board that costs extra.

“Anthology is more than just a restaurant; it's a voyage through Italy’s gastronomic landscape. For me, Italian cuisine is about respecting the people, the ingredients, and the traditions that have been passed down through generations. It's about sharing the soul of Italy, one dish at a time. This will be a culinary reflection of the rich tapestry of the sights, scents and flavours of Italian cuisine, which I am deeply passionate about,” said Franck Garanger, head of culinary, Explora Journeys said in a press release.

Refined Italian cuisine

Curated by Garanger, Anthology showcases refined Italian cuisine, taking guests on a unique culinary journey and offering a truly memorable gastronomic experience.

Garanger discovered his passion for cooking at an early age. He commenced his career as an apprentice at the Michelin Star restaurant, Le Vert D' Eau in Angers with French Master Chef Jean-François Piers. 

Prior to joining Explora Journeys, Franck has worked at numerous world-renowned restaurants alongside some of the most notable culinary names including Paul Bocuse, Alain Passard and Thierry Marx.

Elegant lobby space on board EXPLORA I. (Pax Global Media)

Furthermore, he spent more than a decade for luxury ocean travel brands in leading culinary positions.

Each dish on the menu is a celebration of Italy’s finest regional ingredients and flavours, masterfully crafted to highlight the cultural brilliance and culinary heritage of the Mediterranean.

The restaurant tells the story of Italy’s culinary brilliance through a creative expression of culture, heritage, and passion. The menu is an ingenious display of creativity – a vibrant tapestry of regional flavours and authentic ingredients. Highlights include Mediterranean seabass with Arabica coffee and tonka bean and scallop cannelloni with black truffe. Plant-based options are available for each course.

Guests are invited to immerse themselves in the different styles and tastes of Italy’s universally loved cuisine, from the renowned delectable flavours of Piedmont’s truffle-rich countryside in the North to the famed specialties of Italy’s South.

Each plate celebrates the local produce and time-honoured techniques of every region in Italy.

Set in contemporary, refined elegance, Anthology offers an intimate yet elevated dining atmosphere with the opportunity to dine outdoors overlooking the azure-blue waters of the Western and Eastern Mediterranean.

The Anthology tasting menu is available at 140 EUR per person, with an optional wine pairing at 60 EUR per person.