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As I explained in the previous post, we booked a half board rate at Cala Di Volpe. That meant breakfast was included, and then either the choice of lunch or dinner. Food at Cala Di Volpe was out-of-this-world, so I feel like it’s only fair to devote a separate post to it.
Breakfast and lunch were served at the poolside restaurant, which was outdoors though covered, so could be enjoyed regardless of the weather. We ended up having breakfast here every morning, and then had lunch on three of the four days. Only on the last night did we choose to have dinner as part of our half board rate.
The breakfast buffet was great, and I’ll let the pictures do most of the talking there.
In addition to the buffet itself, you could have the chef prepare you eggs however you like.
So the breakfast was great, and I especially loved how fresh everything was. I also love that they had sliced avocado on offer, as avocado should be a food group in and of itself, in my opinion.
The lunch buffet at the hotel, however, was possibly the most insane thing I’ve ever seen. In theory it retails for 200EUR per person, though during our stay they had a promotion where it was 50% off for hotel guests. I couldn’t figure out if that was just being offered because it’s off season, or if that’s always the promotional price for in-house guests. A lot of people come to the hotel from their yachts for lunch, so perhaps the 200EUR price is just intended for them, and the price is always 100EUR for in-house guests.
The lunch menu read as follows:
The buffet was over the top, though that was only the start.
First lets start with pictures. While I think all the food looks great, it tasted even better.
There was also a decadent dessert buffet, and then even a gelato stand.
Well, the buffet you see above was only the start. On top of that you could literally order anything you could possibly want, from any type of fish, to scallops, to steak, to chicken, to whatever.
So in general I’d only take a few things from the buffet.
Then I’d have some fish, which they prepared tableside. You pick out the entire fish from the buffet, and then they prepare it to your specifications (I asked for olive oil and capers).
Of course there was also salmon…
Oh, did I mention there were pizzas as well? It’s ridiculous the degree to which they pushed food on people. When we were basically done with our meal they’d come up to us and say “you must also have a truffle pizza.”
Who the heck orders a pizza as an afterthought?
But the lunch was oh-so-delicious, even if I left feeling slightly sick every day.
The last night we decided to have dinner in the restaurant, which was located off the lobby. The restaurant was also beautiful, though it’s dark and candlelit, so it has a different vibe than the poolside lunch barbecue.
There was also outdoor seating, though the last day the weather was sort of nasty, so we ate inside.
I thought the lunch was over the top. Well, the dinner was even more ridiculous. The menu read as follows:
Unlike the lunch, the dinner was a la carte, though as an appetizer you could also choose to just have food from the buffet. Given how good the buffet looked, that’s what we had to start.
You could also order dessert a la carte, or there was a dessert buffet.
So for the starter I got some stuff off the buffet, including avocado, tomato & mozzarella, and sushi.
Then the first course consisted of pasta. Ford and I ordered different types of pasta, though when they came to plate it tableside, they asked if we both wanted a little of each. The pasta was incredible, as you’d expect.
For the main course I had the sea bass, which was once again great.
Ford had the beef fillet.
For dessert we ordered the souffle and raspberry mousse, both of which were delicious.
While the two main restaurants exclusively had the over the top menus, you could also order something lighter in the lobby bar, which had both indoor and outdoor seating.
The snack menu read as follows:
And the drink list read as follows:
Between breakfast and lunch we were typically completely full, and couldn’t even think about having anything for dinner. However, the cocktails in the bar area were good, and at least with the steep price tag they had good bar snacks to go along with them. 😉
One day we had breakfast and lunch especially early, so ended up having some pasta for dinner. While expensive, it was excellent.
Cala Di Volpe dining bottom line
Ultimately pricing at Cala Di Volpe is sort of ridiculous. 200EUR just isn’t a price for a lunch buffet in the real world. 100EUR is still crazy, but not quite as ridiculous.
That being said, this was probably one of the highest quality buffet setups I’ve seen in my life. Not only was the buffet itself great, but the fact that you could literally order anything else you wanted really set it apart. We’re not just talking about mediocre food here, but the freshest fish imaginable, truffle pizza that’s among the best I’ve ever had, etc.
So yeah, while not cheap, at least the food is as high quality as it gets…