My recent visit to Disney’s Art of Animation Resort left me with tons to tell you about! The Landscape of Flavors food court has seriously taken over as one of my favorite Disney counter service spots.
Erin told you about the Create-Your-Own-Pasta station here when the resort first opened, but I could not wait to try it for myself!
There are dozens of combinations available here! Seriously, tons of pastas, veggies, sauces, meats, and mix-ins to choose from. Even though this list is subject to change, here are just a few of the options you might have on your visit…
But if you’re feeling like leaving the creativity to the professionals, no worries. You won’t go wrong by choosing from one of the Chef’s Suggestions.
But don’t forget to take a gander at the customization options just in case something catches your eye!
What’s great about the create-your-own pasta station — and most of the other stations at Landscape of Flavors — is the “freshness” of it all. No frozen spinach here. Butters, sauces, and vegetables are all fresh, and many dishes around the food court are made to order like this one.
So, once you make your choices, sit back and watch the show as the chefs whip up your meal! Chefs split the duties of cooking the add-ins and the pasta…
…and creating the sauces! I thought it was really interesting to watch their “mass-boilers” for the pasta! They were these big vats of hot water that held little strainer baskets of pasta — each individual portion boiling away.
I was very excited to see my finished dish come across the counter — Spaghetti Carbonara with Broccoli. See? Healthy! Fresh veggies! Fiber! 😉
It came with a sizable piece of garlic toast, though I’m sure the cheesy pesto bread would be a great accompaniment as well!
But don’t get me wrong — there’s no way I could have eaten both this bowl of pasta AND an order of cheesy pesto bread. This is a biiiig bowl; probably enough to share for two people as long as you’re not starving.
And sharing would keep you from doing what I did…continuing to eat because it just tasted so good. This is another one of those dishes — like the Boatwright’s Jambalaya — that I just want to spend the evening with curled up on my couch. Alone.
OK, so back to the actual pasta review! They told me this was spaghetti, but it sure looks like linguine to me. No matter. It tasted great and was cooked just slightly al dente.
The sauce was creamy and plentiful (I’m always worried about sauce generosity, and this serving was well balanced). And I was surprised that the broccoli was perfect — just lightly sauteed so that it warmed up, but still fresh and crunchy enough to offer some good textural contrast.
Kudos to Landscape of Flavors for scoring a touchdown yet again on this one. It even bests my previous favorite — the Create-Your-Own Burritos at Pop Century’s Everything Pop!
So what would you add into YOUR pasta? Let us know in comments!