We’re at the start of a brand new week, and we think that’s a great reason to treat yourself!
Everything POP is also bringing back two menu items that are worth the carb overload.
Grab your maschere (that’s “masks” in Italian!), it’s time for Carnevale in Disney Springs!
A few days ago, we took a peek at the menu for the month of Carnevale at Maria & Enzo’s Ristorante in Disney Springs. This year, the celebrations of this iconic Venetian holiday are taking place in the evenings from now to February 29th. Of course, a huge aspect of Carnevale (besides the costumes and parties!) is the FOOD! So, you know we had to be there to check out what Maria & Enzo’s is serving up for the festival this year! Here’s our REVIEW of our evening at Maria & Enzo’s Carnevale Celebration!
Hello from the Louisiana — er, Disney — Bayou! We moseyed over to Port Orleans French Quarter this week, and of course had to stop at one of our favorite Quick Service spots — Sassagoula Floatworks and Food Factory!
Sassagoula is best known for being the only spot in Walt Disney World for a classic Mickey shaped beignet — the warm, fluffy treat that I dream about more than I’d like to admit.
But today, something else caught our eye BESIDES tasty pastries. When we looked at the Menu Board at the “Italian Station” we noticed the “Create Your Own Pasta” was gone!
In its place were three “French Quarter” Pastas — Shrimp Arrabbiata, Chicken Alfredo, and Vegetarian. We also spotted a new Bayou Lasagna. We just had to sample a dish or two! [Read more…]
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.
Trattoria al Forno
opened on Walt Disney World’s BoardWalk in 2014, and from its inception, the Italian eatery has been a warm and welcoming place for guests to enjoy a meal.
In 2017, Trattoria al Forno expanded its dining options by adding a unique character breakfast called the Bon Voyage Adventure Breakfast. This character meal allows guests to meet Rapunzel, Flynn Ryder, Ariel, and Prince Eric while dining on entrees and pastries inspired by Tangled and The Little Mermaid.
The Bon Voyage Adventure is a playful meal full of references to the animated films, but dinner at Trattoria al Forno remains a sophisticated affair (as far as theme park dining goes). There’s no dress code here, which makes it a convenient spot to grab dinner after a day at nearby Hollywood Studios or Epcot. The restaurant is also just a quick walk from the Yacht and Beach Club Resorts, making it relatively simple to get to even if you’re not staying at BoardWalk Inn and Villas.
We thoroughly enjoyed our initial dinner here when Trattoria opened, and I was excited to dig into more of the slightly eclectic menu and to savor a little more of the cozy ambiance.
Trattoria al Forno commands quite a bit of real estate on the BoardWalk, owing to its spacious interior. The black awnings and the gold text on the signs are classy and let you know that you’re about to dine in style. You’ll also find the BoardWalk’s walk-up pizza window tucked beneath one of the awnings.
in Walt Disney World’s Disney Springs is making its mark on the World with great eats (hello, Spaghetti Fritter!), special events (aperitivo with Chef Mantuano!) and late night fun (happy hour, anyone?).
And now the restaurant’s Executive Chef Justin Plank is hosting a pasta making demonstration!
is a southern Italian-inspired table service restaurant in the Edison Complex in Walt Disney World’s Disney Springs. Officially open to guests in January of this year, it’s the new kid on the block, but it’s making a lot of noise with its classy theming and solid eats.
Maria and Enzo have transformed an abandoned airline terminal into an airy, bold restaurant with soaring ceilings and plenty of mood lighting.
Sounds weird, right? Yeah, well, it kind of is. But I was super impressed with how nice the dining room felt with all that S P A C E!
We recently told you about new cooking classes at Walt Disney World that take you behind the scenes and into the kitchen with Disney Chefs for a family cooking adventure.
And today, we’re back with tons of details about this hands-on learning experience.
The Disney Family Culinary Adventure takes place in the giant catering kitchens of [Read more…]
I have a super special treat for you today!
I know I’m not the only person in love with the Macaroni and Cheese at Jiko, right? This signature restaurant at Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge — and this dish in particular! — regularly tops my list when I’m visiting Disney World.
While the filet is a mainstay on their menu, the side dishes that it’s paired with tend to change up regularly. But Jiko created a legend with the filet and cheesy goodness combo; it had legions of fans! So normally, even if the mac and cheese isn’t on the menu, you can request it.
And now you can make it at home too!
Jiko — The Cooking Place, Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge
Serves 4 to 6
Ingredients: [Read more…]
We’re sharing another great tip from our critically-acclaimed e-Book, The DFB Guide to Walt Disney World® Dining 2014!
Today, we’re talking about a common conundrum: How do you satisfy all of the people, all of the time?
We’ve all been there. You have a picky eater in your group. No problem, right? Hamburgers, pizza, hot dogs, and chicken nuggets are all available throughout the parks and resorts.
But where do you go when you have both picky and adventurous eaters among your number?
How about a buffet or food court?
Disney excels at offering some truly interesting, all you care to eat options and food court choices, where the picky and the persnickety can both find satisfying options. Let’s check out a couple.
in Disney’s Animal Kingdom is one of our favorite stops for breakfast, lunch, or dinner. The restaurant features a wonderful spread of African-inspired food. And at breakfast and lunch, you also have the added benefit of a character dining experience!
And lovers of food and pickier eaters alike are [Read more…]