Eat Like the Pope! All the Details on the Extensive Menu from the Papal Plane (PHOTOS)

09/22/2015 at 11:47 AM ET

Pope Francis Plane
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When you’re the Pope, you get to travel in style — and that includes a food menu that goes beyond your standard plane fare.

While most of us can merely hope for a bag of peanuts on a plane these days (honey roasted, if you’re really lucky), Pope Francis‘ chartered Alitalia jet on his trip from Italy to Cuba boasted an extensive, intricate menu for his team and the journalists on board.

With over 20 items to choose from, the menu (all in Italian) featured the country’s favorites like pasta and pizzettes as well as 5 different types of wine.

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For a canapé to start, there was an herbed shrimp with asparagus and a stuffed olive.

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Followed by a meat and cheese spread with mixed grilled vegetables and pizzettes (and a teeny tiny bottle of olive oil in the side!)

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Then pasta, two ways: potato ravioli with a creamy béchamel sauce, and a cheese-stuffed pasta crepe with limcello zucchini and Chinook salmon.

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And finishing off with a simply sweet fruit dessert with a chocolate truffle and a crunchy chocolate Sfizio cookie.

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And in case none of this was to Pope Francis’ liking, Univision correspondent María Antonieta Collins surprised him with a box of Argentinean empanadas, which he then shared with the other journalists on board.

Pope Plane Empanadas
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The Pope is currently on a week-long visit to Cuba and the United States, where he will arrive in the nation’s capital on Tuesday.

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Shay Spence, reporting by Elizabeth Dias

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Sharon Kilkenny on

THIS IS POVERTY? What happened to that vow? Or that doesn’t apply to the pope?

Anna on

Sharon-He actually does very much live a life of poverty. If you read the cover story on him, he usually lives a very modest life. I’m personally fine with him indulging on the flight.

Jessica on

Given his concern over climate change, the Pope should strive to be as vegan as possible. Producing meat and cheese, and pulling fish from the ocean, is resource-heavy and bad for our climate change problems.

say what on

Eat like the pope ? No thanks, I’m not into cannibalism.

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