Disney’s California Food & Wine Festival Specialty Items

We headed back into Disney’s California Adventure to sample two of the Food & Wine Festival‘s signature items this year. Signature items are located at counter-service spots around the park, and the two we sampled were found in Taste Pilot’s Grill and Award Weiners.

These signature dishes are sized larger than the tapas that can be found at the “Taste of California” area in the Festival Center. They are served as standard counter-service meals, including a side dish — usually fries, chips, or apple slices. The cost for the larger items is reflective, sometimes topping out in the teens!

Mangia Meatballs
The Mangia Meatballs are a cross between an Italian Sausage and a meatball sub sandwich. The three meatballs on a cornmeal hoagie roll were accompanied by marinara, onions, and peppers, creating a slightly spicy dish.

While the meatballs tasted pre-packaged and had a mushier texture than I was anticipating, the marinara with onions and peppers was quite good. The whole thing was topped off with fresh mozzarella cheese — un-melted — which added positively to the taste. Overall, I wouldn’t get it as an entree if I had other choices, but it wasn’t the worst meatball sub I’ve ever had. I’d give it a 6 out of 10. This dish can be found at Award Weiners.

Mangia Meatballs at Award Weiners

Meatball Close Up

Pulled Pork Sandwich
The pork sandwich surprised us both. We were expecting dry, over-cooked meat with too little taste (so often the case with mass-produced pulled pork), but the sandwich was actually quite good. The serving of pulled pork was extremely generous, and the taste — with just the right amount of BBQ sauce — was right on. My husband calls this the winner of the Food & Wine Festival, so far. This dish can be found at Taste Pilot’s Grill.

Pulled Pork Sandwich

The meatball sandwich was my preference of these two, but my husband really enjoyed the pork sandwich — therefore, I’m unable to give you a clear either/or suggestion! Just do what we did, order both, and share!

Stay tuned for some more California Food & Wine Festival treats tomorrow! We still have plenty more to sample and review… .


  1. says

    i’m disappointed that your meatball sandwich was less than stellar. i LOVE meatball sandwiches too!

    that pulled pork sandwich looks absolutely awesome. i’m totally drooling now.

  2. says

    Thanks for your comment, Robin! Yep — meatball sandwich was on a par with Subway. But the pork was great! ;-)

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