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Review: Create Your Own Pasta at Art of Animation’s Landscape of Flavors

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!

Create Your Own Pasta Menu Board -- Click to Enlarge

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…

Pasta customization options.

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.

Chef Suggestions, In Case You Need Some Ideas!

But don’t forget to take a gander at the customization options just in case something catches your eye!

Add-Ins for Create-Your-Own-Pasta

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.

More Add-Ins for Create-Your-Own-Pasta

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…

One Chef Making Pasta Dishes

…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.

Another Chef Creating Sauces

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!

Create-Your-Own-Pasta -- Spaghetti Carbonara with Broccoli

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.

My Pasta -- Up Close

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!

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7 Comments

  1. Katie says:

    This is the ONLY thing that I will get at this food court which is also one of my favorite dining spots on Disney property. I get everything and mix the Alfredo and marinara. It is amazing, a although my sister loves the make your own burger.

  2. Georgeanne says:

    Love this food court (and the entire resort)!! When I did the pasta, I had some sort of shrimp and bow tie pasta that was awesome and so large I could’ve made three meals out of it. It was a busy evening, and I loved how they had a cast member come out and help take orders with some remote ordering thing. Even though it was crowded, everything moved quickly. Can’t wait to stay here again:)

  3. Erica says:

    I had the make your own pasta twice while on my trip and it was fantastic. The only issue I had was on the second time the garlic bread they gave me was so garlicy that when I took one bite I had to spit it out. The first time though, the bread was fantastic.

    Like the post says – everything is cooked to order, so it was fresh and most important – it was yummy!

  4. Samantha says:

    Can you eat here if you aren’t staying on property? I needed a lunch spot on our last day as we are leaving and this looks perfect.

  5. Jayne says:

    That looks really good. I enjoy spinach when it’s cooked fresh…nothing like it.

  6. CanadiansLoveWDW says:

    this will be a must do in september.. if its big enough we can get 2 and share them between the 4 of us 2 adults 2 kids… and of course a side of pesto cheese bread…
    i would get everything but the olives …

  7. Amanda says:

    I can not wait to try this food court!! Everything I’ve seen so far looks soo delicious! I am so glad they have sun-dried tomatoes for the pasta; I put those on everything. lol

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