Food at CCI
CCI strives to provide nutritious meals to the school community and takes full advantage of the local, organic agricultural resources. Lanciano is surrounded by agricultural fields that produce organically grown fresh fruits and vegetables almost year round within a ten kilometre radius of the Town. During the winter months, some produce is grown in greenhouses but most of the fruits and vegetables arrive from the southern region of Puglia which is about one and a half hours away. The time lapse between when the produce is harvested from the fields to the time it reaches the table in Lanciano is about 24 hours. All of the local produce served to CCI students is organic and preservative free.
Seasonal vegetables and fruit are always a main priority in the meal plan. The only frozen foods used are French fries (which are served about once a week) and green peas (when the peas are not in season). The only canned products are chick peas, beans, olives and peeled tomatoes.
Due to the fact the Lanciano is a small hill town; international cuisines such as Thai, Japanese or Indian that some students enjoy are not available although there are two local Chinese restaurants.
The food is prepared fresh each day by our kitchen staff. Our kitchen staff uses olive oil in food preparation and sunflower oil for frying. Dinners are served buffet style at the Allegria Inn except for Saturdays, when students eat at the Mercato. On Saturdays students can choose to sleep in and therefore they can eat at the Mercato from 7:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Saturday evening dinners are optional as many students enjoy the local restaurants or students can order from the menu at the Allegria restaurant. Sunday evening is Pizza night at the Allegria, the individual pizzas are made in our wood burning oven.
During the week, breakfast is served at the school. In order to introduce more variety in the food selections and dining styles, we have Quartieri Dinners, whereby the different student houses plan a menu around a specific theme and engage the students in preparing and serving the food for the entire school.
The following is a sample menu of what is served daily at each meal. There are variations of the pasta and protein choices as well as options for students who are vegetarians or those with gluten allergies. Italian meals usually include an antipasto, a pasta dish (un primo), a protein dish (un secondo) and fruit.
Breakfast (at school)
- Fried eggs or omelettes
- Variety of cereals
- Platter of sliced cheese, ham and salami or prosciutto
- Fresh bread daily
- Whole grain toasting bread
- Pain au chocolat (twice per week)
- Fresh fruit salad
- Fresh whole fruit
- Selection of condiments, jams, butter and Nutella
- Milk, juice, coffee, tea
Antipasto table: (Served Daily)
Fresh mixed salad unseasoned, raw carrots, cucumbers, fennel sliced tomatoes and mozzarella cheese, grilled zucchini, eggplant and peppers, platter of cold cuts and cheese, fresh ricotta cheese, olives, chick peas, beets, sunflower seeds. Occasionally - steamed mussels, clams, octopus and calamari salads. Condiments for the fresh salad are available on the side table.
Daily hot soup, rice, pasta with tomato sauce and pasta with a white sauce, whole grain pasta occasionally, protein selections include roasted or grilled meats, beef, veal, chicken and turkey, steamed broccoli and cauliflower
Fresh Seasonal Fruit
Fresh green salad, mixed crudités’, oyster mushrooms, Romano or lima beans, green beans and pickled onions. There is a humus (chickpea) spread on occasion.
- Hot daily homemade soup (different from lunch)
- Hot vegetables at dinner include rapini greens or spinach, ratatouille, broccoli, peas and cabbage.
- Pasta selection (may include ricotta and spinach ravioli, lasagne, cannelloni, short pasta or spaghetti) and rice
- Oven Roasted potatoes are the most popular although polenta is served often as are mashed potatoes occasionally
- Protein will normally include various kinds of meat, chicken, beef and turkey as well as baked fish.
Seasonal Fresh Fruit and local sweets
Friday Nights are barbecue nights at the Allegria. There is a mixed grill of meats which also include hamburgers, veggie burgers (with accompanying condiments), hotdogs, French fries and mixed fresh greens.