From the looks of the photos on the Disney Parks Blog, not all that much.
To their credit, Kouzzina was only closed for refurbishment for a few weeks, so we’re excited that anything happened in that time! That said… The Kouzzina dining room will still be large, loud, and barn-like — not bad, just not all that different from what it was. The addition of an olive oil tasting at the beginning of each meal is great, but, again, two olive oils with the bread service isn’t all that different from the one olive oil we got before. However, if the servers take time to explain the different oils, their origins, etc., it could be a good learning experience for the table.
Also, the “re-vamped” front lobby doesn’t look all that different from the original. A few framed prints that say “Opa!” some olive oil, Cat Cora’s branded food items…
Maybe I’m missing something, kids — maybe there’s something grand and unusual escaping my attention? If you’ve been there — let me know!
Something that is different is the addition of a few new things to the menu:
steamed mussels with ouzo, shallots, herbs and butter; vegetarian white bean and escarole soup; a new house salad with greens, pickled beets, pomegranate vinaigrette and spiced cashews; oak-fired pork tenderloin with zucchini corn pie; fresh saffron pasta with lamb ragù with a port reduction; and Greek coffee crème brûlée with white chocolate-dipped biscotti.
With the exception of the creme brulee (“Oh! Creme brulee at a Disney restaurant! Shocker!”) these new items seem pretty interesting. I’ll be ordering the pork tenderloin with zucchini corn pie…
Also, we’ve got the promise of that Kouzzina Chef’s Table experience, still. Can’t wait to see how that develops.
Have you been to the “new” Kouzzina? Let me know your thoughts!