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This week's papal visit has been jam packed. Between all the handshaking, speech giving, and blessing Pope Francis worked up an appetite. Here's everything the pontiff ate during his U.S. tour:

— While winging it between Washington D.C., New York, and Philadelphia, the Marin Independent Journal reports that the Pope delegation's in-flight snacks included olive oil sel gris sourdough flatbreads and pecan-cranberry-rosemary pan forte crostinis by San Rafael, California's Rustic Bakery.

— The pontiff dined on dishes by chefs Lidia Bastianich (who also cooked for Pope Benedict XVI in 2008) and Angelo Vivolo. In addition to baked goods, fruit, frittatas, yogurt, and crepes, the pair curated the following three menus:

September 24th Dinner:

Caprese di Astice e Burrata (Heirloom tomato, house-made Burrata, steamed Maine lobster)

Vespa Bianco Bastianich 2013

Brodo di Cappone con Anolini (Capon soup with Grana Padano raviolini)

Medaglioni di Vitello alla Boscaiola (Veal medallions ‘Boscaiola’, porcini, corn, fresh tomato

Vespa Rosso Bastianich 2010

Sorbetto di Uva Fragola con "Torta degli Angeli" (Concord grape sorbetto with angel food cake)

Prosecco Flor

September 25th Lunch:

Insalata Cotta e Cruda con la Nostra Ricotta (Cooked and raw vegetable salad with Felidia’s ricotta)

Sauvignon Bastianich 2014

Risotto con Porcini e Tartufi (Risotto with porcini, summer truffles and Grana Padano Riserva) Morellino La Mozza 2013

Pere ed uva al forno con Gelato alla Vaniglia (Roasted Pears and Grapes with Vanilla Gelato)

September 25th Dinner: Tutto Tonno (Tuna: tartare, semi carpaccio preserve, Tonnato sauce)

Friulano Bastianich 2012

Cacio e Pere (Pear and pecorino filled ravioli, aged pecorino, crushed black pepper)

Vespa Bianco Bastianich


Spigola Striata al forno con Olio d'oliva e Limone (Whole roasted striped bass, late summer vegetables, extra virgin olive oil, lemon)

Vespa Bianco Bastianich


Crostata di Mele con Gelato al Miele (Apple crostata with local honey ice cream)

Prosecco Flor

— According to the New York Post, Pope Francis ate lunch on Friday at East Village Argentinian restaurant Buenos Aires, where he dined on lemon-flavored grilled chicken with bread pudding and empanadas. Chef Ismael Alba says he had hoped to serve the Argentinian pontiff steak; unfortunately, the Pope is on a strict diet. However, this report contradicts the one from Lidia Bastianich's publicist, who says the Pope ate lunch with her on Friday. Lidia's remarks — via Eater NY — on the honor of cooking for the Pope:

What an extraordinary honor this is. For me, cooking for the Pope is special because, not only am I Catholic, but I came to this country in 1958 as a refugee from communist Yugoslavia and was cared for by Catholic Relief Services. They did so much to give me a start in America, so I am very proud to give back through what is most dear to me on this Earth: food and my family.”

Pope Francis is visiting Philly this weekend before flying out on Sunday. Still no word on whether he plans to try any of the city's papally-inspired beers, but he's sure to be well caffeinated.