Plaza Premium offers a network of lounges around the world. And while I’ve visited many of them, I’ve never been to one I enjoyed as much as Rome.
Rome Fiumicino Airport (FCO) is not my favorite airport in the world. But during my extended EasyJet delay earlier this month, the Plaza Premium Lounge served as a welcome haven to pass the time.
Sure, the lounge has comfortable seating, plenty of power ports, and wi-fi, but what truly impressed me was the food. Genuinely tasty, freshly-prepared Italian pasta and pizza. And of course coffee.
Some Plaza Premium lounges have buffets while others have a la carte menus. This lounge has a bit of both. If you’re hungry, you can order customized pizza and pasta in addition to an extensive buffet of hot and cold items.
For my lunch, I enjoyed a nice salad followed by delicious spinach cannelloni, meatballs, and pizza margarita. The pizza was placed directly from the oven onto my plate and instantly (and easily) became the best pizza I have ever had at an airport.
I wasn’t in the mood for any wine, but there was a nice selection of regional wines as well as other alcoholic beverages at the bar. Basic items are free, but more complex cocktails or top-shelf liquor does incur an additional fee.
But of course, no meal is complete without coffee. There was a time when I would not drink cappuccino in the afternoon so as not to offend the cultural sensibilities of a land in which cappuccino is reserved for your croissant in the morning. These days, unless I am in a business meeting, I don’t care and will order one in the afternoon or evening. I still receive the occasional eyebrow raised, but I certainly appreciated a strong cup of coffee to conclude my meal:
There are a lot of nice Plaza Premium lounges at airports around the world. So far, though, my favorite lounge is in Rome. As an aside, this lounge is also a Priority Pass lounge, hence how I gained entrance.