Posts Tagged 'italian'

Tutto Italia Ristorante – EPCOT

20140327-150351.jpgTutto Italia Ristorante is my favorite Italian Restaurant on Disney property.     The atmosphere and staff do a great job of creating the mood of being in Italy.

During this visit I chose the Ceasar Salad – (Romaine wedge, olive crostini, shaved parmesan) and Ravioli a delicious sauce.



From the Disney website:

“Relax in Old World ambience as you enjoy platters of chicken, fish, handmade pasta, lasagna and more.

On the outside patio or in the airy dining room amid murals of ancient Rome and sparkling chandeliers, relish the rich, textured flavors of authentic Italian dishes from a menu created by award-winning chef and California restaurateur Joachim Splichal.

Start with a tantalizing selection of appetizers and then continue with entrees that may include pan-roasted fish, grilled steak and seasoned potatoes, and classic spaghetti and meatballs.

Delight in such decadent dolci as gelato, chocolate cake and crispy cannoli to complete your delectable dining experience.

With attentive table service, plenty of vegetarian options, a wide-ranging wine list and a full children’s menu, Tutto Italia Ristorante will satisfy Guests of all tastes and interests. Reservations are recommended and can be made up to 180 days prior to your visit.”

Easy marinated chicken breasts

This is an item that I enjoy cooking on the grill.  If you do not have time to marinade the chicken, you can cut small slits in the breasts and pour the dressing over it while grilling.  This method does require more supervision while cooking.  You have to be careful not to allow the chicken to dry out on the grill.
1 bottle of  Italian dressing
4 chicken breasts (2 whole) split
Salt and Pepper
Optional  1 stick butter
Optional Seasoned bread crumbs
italian chicken

italian chicken

Night before or 4-6 hours before: Marinate the split chicken breasts in baking pan with 1 bottle of prepared dressing. Keep in refrigerator.  Use the dressing as your base for breading chicken. Coat with bread crumbs. Save any remaining dressing and pour into another baking pan. Put pats of butter over dressing.

Place breaded chicken on top. Bake at 375 degrees for 30-40 minutes. Serve hot or cool.  Great for leftovers and picnics also.

A Caesar salad is how I like to warm up before the main course.

I very much enjoy a good Caesar salad when I go out to eat.   The dressing can be prepared in various ways and I prefer anchovy instead of Worcestershire sauce.   The anchovies provide a small “kick” to the taste buds.

I’ve had many varieties and have compiled a short list of restaurants that offer some of the best.

Ironwood Cafe – Southern Pines (They use anchovies)

Fatz Cafe

Carrabbas, Outback and Bonefish (owned by the same company)

Sticky Fingers

sticky finger salad ceasar

sticky finger salad ceasar

A Caesar salad has romaine lettuce and croutons dressed with parmesan cheese, lemon juice, olive oil, egg, Worcestershire sauce (or anchovies), and black pepper.  Some salads are prepared with onions and tomatoes as shown in the photo above.

I once ordered a Caesar salad at an Italian restaurant and the waitress asked, ” what kind of dressing do you want?”  Yes, I laughed.

Chicken Parmesan with Fettuccine Alfredo

This dish is probably one of my top 5 meals to eat.  I try to shoot a photo before I begin eating, but this food didn’t stand much of a chance to pose for the camera.  In my opinion, Carrabba’s has the best sauce of any Italian restaurant that I have ever eaten at. It’s never bland and they add plenty of it.  I usually order the regular sized meal and can only eat half of it.  This give me an opportunity to enjoy the second half again a day or two later.  This will probbaly not be the only post of this same meal.  I’ll have to blog about it many times in the future.

carrabbas italian grill Chicken Parmesan with Fettuccine alfredo

Carrabba's Italian grill Chicken Parmesan with Fettuccine alfredo