Although we’ve been taking you with us to try some great food (Buri Bop is the BOMB), we’re back for a little slice of Italy at Terralina Crafted Italian! Terralina Crafted Italian is owned by James Beard Award Winning Chef, Tony Mantuano, and themed after his love of Lake Como, Italy.
If you’ve been following along at DFB for a while, you know that Via Napoli stole a pizza our hearts from the beginning. Even though there are plenty of exotic foods all around the World Showcase in Epcot, we find ourselves being drawn back to their classic Italian dishes time and again.
It’s like a trusted friend or coming home after a long time away — it’s become a reliable and comfortable staple for us. So you won’t be surprised that we snuck another trip back to Via Napoli into our last trip to Disney World! We are reporting back on whether one of our favorite pizza spots lived up to our cheesy expectations!
Even though we feel totally inspired by Remy’s French cuisine, we’re taking a trip to Disney World for some Italian food and an even better afternoon!
If your little ones have always wanted to be a chef (anybody can cook, you know), Terralina Crafted Italian is about to make their dreams come true in Disney Springs!
is a hidden gem of Walt Disney World dining.
Il Mulino New York Trattoria
Located in the Swan Hotel in the Epcot resort area, Il Mulino is off the typical beaten path. But for those that find it, it’s often a meal to remember.
Il Mulino is an Italian restaurant modeled after the original and much-lauded Il Mulino in New York City’s Greenwich Village neighborhood. And you see a bit of that in the decor — but you taste a lot of it in the food. Menu items derive from the Abruzzo region of Italy and as such are comprised of an eclectic mix of ingredient from the mountains, the sea, and the pastures.
But origins aside, Il Mulino just serves really good food.
It’s been several years since my last visit to Il Mulino, and in that time, a lot has changed at the Swan and Dolphin Hotels. New dining and drinking spots have opened, there’s a new executive chef overseeing the seventeen (17!!) dining establishments in the two resorts, and the Swan and Dolphin Classic continues to wow with new (and returning) tastes year after year.
The Four Seasons Resort Orlando at Walt Disney World offers lots of great dining, and the hotel’s luxurious restaurant Ravello is bringing back a celebration of modern Italian cuisine with a white truffle dinner and a prix-fixe menu for a limited time!
The popular Italian Festival consists a five-course white truffle dinner and a prix-fixe menu packed with Italian favorites! The restaurant’s executive chef Fabrizio Schenardi brings expertise from his home — Torino, Italy — and partners with the Region of Piedmont in Italy and the Italian Food Style Education to raise the standard of Italian dining in central Florida.
It’s time to visit the newly refurbished Naples Ristorante in Disneyland Resort’s Downtown Disney. This popular table service restaurant is run by Patina Group, the same folks who run Via Napoli in Walt Disney World. And you know how we feel about that!
Naples Ristorante is lookin’ sharp, y’all! The lovely new floors and bright interior is classic and simple — sort of.
in Walt Disney World’s Disney Springs will host its first Smuggler’s Series event of 2019 on January 19; and this time, it’s all about that Bourbon County Stout!
The Smuggler’s Series is a celebration of beer, wine, and spirit pairings, and the Bourbon County Stout event will be a partnership between Goose Island Beer Co.‘s Mike Smith and Enzo’s Executive Chef John Miele. The four-course tasting menu will include carefully paired brews and Italian specialties — including Grilled Maine Lobster Linguini!
The event take place from 12-2PM, and it costs $50+ per person. Click here to reserve your tickets for this tasty event!
Benvenuto to Terralina Crafted Italian!
Terralina Crafted Italian
Terralina Crafted Italian is the newest restaurant in Disney Springs. The location itself is the former home to Portobello Country Italian Trattoria, which closed in The Landing of Disney Springs last year. But location isn’t the only thing that Terralina shares with what was previously Portobello. James Beard Award Winner Chef Tony Mantuano has returned to create Terralina’s menu, and he’s joined once more by Chef Justin Plank to run the kitchen. In fact, even a few favorite items from Portobello can be found on the Terralina menu.
With so many likenesses, then, what makes Terralina Crafted Italian stand on its own as a new option for dining in Disney Springs?
With the April 2017 closure of Portobello, the space that is now Terralina Crafted Italian underwent a multi-million dollar refurbishment.
The basic architectural structure of the building feels familiar, as you’ll note the rounded entrance way with the new Terralina Crafted Italian sign.