Let’s take a look at the details of the flight:
Route: Chicago, IL to Washington DC (Reagan)
Aircraft: Boeing 737
Meal Window: Dinner
Meal: Cheese Lasagna Topped with a Chunky Red Tomato Sauce
After take-off, the lead flight attendant came through the First Class cabin with a choice of dinner selections. On choice was a Chicken Tikka Masala or a Cheese Lasagna. I chose the lasagna since I had not had it before.
A a hot towel was offered followed by pre-dinner beverages. I ordered a Coke Zero with lime. As usual, a small ramekin of nuts was offered.
Shortly after beverage service, meal trays were distributed.
On the meal tray included:
- A garden salad with tomatoes and cucumbers, with a cup of ranch dressing
- Cheese lasagna with chunky tomato sauce
- A bread basked was offered to which I chose the warmed cheese roll.
Here are my impressions of the meal:
- The lasagna was near perfect, and was perhaps the best meal I’ve had aboard a domestic AA flight.
- While the tomato sauce was very good, it wasn’t entirely “chunky” as the menu described.
- The salad portion was only about 3/4 filled, so I’m guessing some of it may have spilled into the beverage cart upon loading.
Following dinner service, a warmed chocolate chip cookie was offered. This cookie was much better than the “new” AA cookie, and more resembled the old-style cookie which was fantastic. Admittedly, I wolfed down the cookie as if it was my last meal, and I was promptly offered a second one. 🙂
This has been one of my favorite meals so far – while I would have preferred a meat sauce in the lasagna, this did just fine. I’d order this again in a heartbeat, because it stood up so well to the “rigors” of airline food preparation.
For those who have the option of ordering this dish on your next domestic First Class American Airlines flight, I hope you find this review informative! By the way, if you want to get American Airlines Platinum status for free, consider enrolling via this membership card which is available to everyone.
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