I understand you had a very bad time and feel sorry for it.
"Try the appetizer, veal with tuna sauce"
Well, this is a typica Italian dish, and actually one of my favorites
"I live in NY, home of the best pizzarias"
Once in NY I was in a pizzeria and I ordered my pizza. The waiter passed the order saying: "Do it the right way as this is an Italian!"
Then he said to me: "we are forced to change the flavour as Americans do not appreciate the right pizza": maybe this explains something to you.
Good luck for a better experience on a more American ship and... please avoid Euroea and particularly Italy, as these countries coud seem so uncivilised to you