MSC Cruises said it has signed an agreement with Turin-based Eataly to operate two dining venues on its new 3,500-passenger ship Preziosa to be delivered in March.

In the area that holds the Tex-Mex specialty restaurant on Fantasia-class ships, MSC said it will instead put an Eataly restaurant, an 80-seat venue in which people can eat, buy and learn about Italian food. A choice of 18 dishes will be served at lunch and dinner.

area will also be home to Ristorante Italia, an evening-only 24-seat restaurant offering a 'table d'hote' menu featuring artisanal ingredients and Slow Food Presidia products.

Eataly has food emporiums in Italy, the U.S. and Japan. This will be its first Eataly at sea.

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