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Kouzzina Grand Opening at Disney World’s Boardwalk

Mickey and Cat

Mickey and Cat

Kouzzina (Greek for “Kitchen”) was opened this morning by Chef Cat Cora and her staff, to a huge cheer of “Opah!” Believe it or not, this is Cora’s FIRST signature restaurant — I’m so excited it’s at Disney World!

Celebrity chef Cat Cora prepares dishes prior to the grand opening of her first signature restaurant

Celebrity chef Cat Cora prepares dishes prior to the grand opening of her first signature restaurant

Kouzzina Exhibition Kitchen

Kouzzina Exhibition Kitchen

Open for breakfast and dinner, the Kouzzina’s menu includes “time-honored recipes passed down from my ancestors, as well as my favorite Greek and Mediterranean dishes that my family loves,” Cora told Disney PR. For breakfast, try steel-cut cinnamon oatmeal, blueberry orange granola pancakes, or the stacked Kouzzina breakfast with two poached eggs, kalamata olive toast, artichoke spread, sweet potato hash and bacon or chicken sausage.

Prior to dinner, sample “Cat’s Ouzo-tini,” Mediterranean sangria, and her own wine label, Coranation, featuring California wines. For an appetizer: calamari, goat cheese-stuffed grape leaves, spinach pie, and Spiro’s (Cat’s Dad!) Greek Salad. Entrées include cinnamon stewed chicken, traditional whole fish, and Pastitisio — a Greek “lasagna.” (See full Kouzzina menus here.)

Kouzzina Ouzo-tini featuring Absolut vodka, Metaxa ouzo, pineapple juice, fresh lime juice and pomegranate served in a sugar-rimmed martini glass shaken and served tableside

Kouzzina Ouzo-tini featuring Absolut vodka, Metaxa ouzo, pineapple juice, fresh lime juice and pomegranate served in a sugar-rimmed martini glass shaken and served tableside

Kouzzina Spiro's Salad: tomatoes, cucumbers, red onions, kalamata olives and feta

Kouzzina Spiro's Salad: tomatoes, cucumbers, red onions, kalamata olives and feta

Kouzzina Spanakopita

Kouzzina Spanakopita

Kouzzina Cinnamon-stewed chicken, with tomatoes, herbed orzo and Mizithra cheese

Kouzzina Cinnamon-stewed chicken, with tomatoes, herbed orzo and Mizithra cheese

Kouzzina Whole Fish

Kouzzina Whole Fish

Kouzzina lamb burger, dressed with olives and feta, with a side of sweet potato fries

Kouzzina lamb burger, dressed with olives and feta, with a side of sweet potato fries

Kouzzina Pastitisio, with bucatini pasta, cinnamon-stewed meat sauce, and béchamel sauce

Kouzzina Pastitisio, with bucatini pasta, cinnamon-stewed meat sauce, and béchamel sauce

Kouzzina Baklava with Pistachio Gelato

Kouzzina Baklava with Pistachio Gelato

The restaurant replaces another Mediterranean spot on the Boardwalk, Spoodles, recently closed to make way for Cora’s new spot. The kitchen will be presided over by Chef Dee Foundoukis.

Kouzzina Chef Dee Foundoukis

Kouzzina Chef Dee Foundoukis

According to Disney’s press release, Cora began working with Disney in 2008 by creating a Disney Video on Demand series to showcase ways to help families develop more healthy eating habits. Cora has been a featured chef at the Epcot International Food & Wine Festival and at Disney’s California Food & Wine Festival at Disneyland Resort.

Be sure to check out other Kouzzina Food Photos from the restaurant’s soft opening in August!

All images copyright Disney.

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12 Comments

  1. jen says:

    She looks great for just having a baby! The food looks great too! ;-)

  2. AJ says:

    No kidding, right!! Talk about losing the baby weight FAST!

  3. Otto says:

    The food must be good – she’s good-looking.

  4. Fabulous photos! Still sad to see Spoodles gone, so many amazing memories of my honeymoon there. Will have to try Kouzzina next time we head to Disney. The spanakopita looks amazing.

  5. madoka says:

    My mouth is watering looking at the food pics. That whole fish and Spiro’s salad look sooooo yummy! :D

  6. Jackey says:

    Those tomatoes look so fresh. Yumm!

  7. Wow! What great looking food and I bet it tastes even better! Hope to try it on my next visit!

  8. Jennifer says:

    We are definitely eating there when we go for WDW Marathon weekend. I think it will be a great way to celebrate finishing the 1/2 Marathon.

  9. I’m a sucker for Baklava. Might just have to go for dessert some night. Although everything sounded sooooo good!

  10. AJ says:

    Otto: Ha Ha! I had no idea that the taste of food was correlated with the attractiveness of the chef!

    TheAngelForever: It’s always hard when Disney changes things that hold memories for me. Hopefully you’ll make new ones with that spanakopita! ;-)

    Kelly: Agreed!

    Madoka: I love that the salad is named after her Dad.

    Jackey: I really think this is going to be a great experience in dining. I’m looking forward to my meal here next week!

    Allison: When are you headed back?

    Jennifer: You’re a better person that I to do that half marathon, but I’m looking forward to hearing your review of the restaurant AND the race!

    Amanda: It DOES sound good, doesn’t it? I fear that we’ll be ordering WAY too much food just to try it all…

  11. Chris says:

    She’s cute as a button and the food looks delicious. I’m happy she a new mom (again). Good for her and her wife.

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