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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.”

A very royal meal indeed.

I was lucky to have made many trips to Walt Disney World as a child and always wondered what was inside the Castle.  Originally, a suite was planned for the Disney family and executives, but since Walt Disney died nearly five years before the park opened, it remained unfinished, and eventually was turned successively into a telephone call center, a dressing room, and is currently a lavish Dream Suite hotel room for specially selected guests.   That would have been a great experience to spend a night in the castle.

Cinderella’s Royal Table, formerly known as King Stefan’s Banquet Hall, is a restaurant inside the castle. Located on the second floor, guests can take the circular stairway or the elevator to this royal dining room, where the younger guests are “princes” and “princesses”, while the adults in the party are referred to as lords and ladies. Walt Disney Imagineers had originally wanted to give the restaurant a regal name, and since there are no well-known characters from “Cinderella” that met their criteria, they instead took a little dramatic license and chose the name of Sleeping Beauty’s father, King Stefan. The name was changed on April 28, 1997, in order not to confuse tourists.

When you enter the castle you are offered a photo opportunity with Cinderella and there are several Princesses roaming the dining hall.

The food at Royal Table is very delicious.  During my most recent visit I ordered Sliced Roasted Beef Tenderloin with
Duchess Potatoes, and mac and cheese in place of the asparagus.   For dessert I chose VALRHONA CHOCOLATE MOUSSE:
A light Chocolate Mousse presented with Berries and Raspberry Sauce.

Pre-payment is required upon making reservations.

Oh Canada!!!

Le Cellier Steakhouse in the Canada Pavilion is one of my favorite restaurants to order a steak dinner.  It’s a bit dark inside, but I like it.   the candle lit tables provide enough light to keep my eyes on the food and concentrate on a delicious meal.

For my latest meal I ordered 16-oz Bone-In Rib-Eye with Herb-Parmesan Potato Wedges and Maple-Pink Peppercorn Butter.

The restaurant take reservations 180 days in advance. I suggest that if you are planning a trip to Walt Disney World and want to have a meal at Le Cellier make your reservations as soon as you can.

The trio of chocolate dessert is also recommended.  It’s just the right amount of sweet goods to top off the meal.

16-oz Bone-In Rib-Eye with Herb-Parmesan Potato Wedges and Maple-Pink Peppercorn Butter

I had an appetite as big as T-REX

T-REX Café is a dinosaur-themed family eatery serving lunch and dinner amid prehistoric creatures, fun displays and merchandise.   This is one of the newest eating locations in downtown Disney and worth a visit.  Fortunately we had reservations and waited a minimal 5 minutes before being led through a prehistoric world of caves and frozen rooms to our table surrounded by animated dinos.  There is a lot going on in this restaurant and plenty to look at.

The large menu includes items such as Brachiosaurus Bruschetta, Supersaurus Sampler, Layers of the Earth Lasagna, prehistoric pizzas, the Gigantosaurus Burger, sandwiches, steaks and seafood.  There were many items that I wanted to try and decided on the Supersaurus Sampler because I liked the name and all of the items that were included.  I also had to add a side of ribs because they offered them at a discounted price.  The menu items had great pricing for a themed restuarant.

The sampler is listed on the menu as: For an appetite as big as T-REX! Spinach and pepper jack queso with tortilla chips, Brachiosaurus Bruschetta, T-Rexadillas and Onion Rings.  I just happened to have a T-REX appetite this day and ate nearly everything provided.    I may have even had dessert, but cannot confirm since there was not a photo for proof.

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Mini Donuts at Disney!

Most people enter the Blizzard Beach or Typhoon Lagoon waterparks and rush to claim a locker and a lounge chair for the day.   I choose to find the Mini Donut shack!

Hot mini doughnuts rolled in sugar or cinnamon with chocolate dipping sauce can be found at both Walt Disney World waterparks.  Grab a dozen or more if you are nearby the Mini Donuts shack.  The doughnuts are very soft and practically melt in your mouth.  Sometimes the line for doughnuts is long, but these treats are worth the wait.  The bottom of the bag is the best, because that’s where the extra sugar lives.

Freshly Made Mini Donuts
1/2 Dozen – $3.50
Dozen – $6.50
Donut Dipping Sauce – $1.25
(raspberry, chocolate, white chocolate)

California Grill atop Disney’s Contemporary Resort.

California Grill is a Signature Dining restaurant that serves award-winning gourmet dinners and sweeping views atop Disney’s Contemporary Resort. Venture into this vibrant and charged atmosphere and watch the creation of culinary masterpieces in the on-stage kitchen.

Choose your view—the shimmering Seven Seas Lagoon, the enchanting Magic Kingdom theme park, the fireworks bursting over Cinderella Castle or, perhaps best of all, each other. Linger over the unforgettable vistas as you taste refined flavors influenced by the cultural melting pot of the American Pacific Coast.

The food is just as spectacular as the view. Inspired by classic cuisines from around the world, yet combined in inventive and delicious new ways, the California Grill’s menu reflects the very best of California Fusion cooking.

Valrhona chocolate cake; warm chocolate cake with molten center and house-made ice cream.

Valrhona chocolate cake; warm chocolate cake with molten center and house-made ice cream.

While the menu changes regularly to utilize the freshest produce, the superb attention to detail and quality stays the same. You’ll delight in such exquisite dishes as sushi, brick oven-baked flat breads, handmade Sonoma goat cheese ravioli, oak-fired filet of beef with Teriyaki barbeque sauce, oak-fired pork tenderloin and Valrhona chocolate cake; warm chocolate cake with molten center and house-made ice cream. California Grill is also a great choice for diners seeking tasty vegetarian options. (Source – disneyworld.disney.go.com/dining)

Oak Rotisserie Chicken with Baby Purple Artichokes, Ricotta, Caramelized Onions, and Green Garlic Aïoli

Oak Rotisserie Chicken with Baby Purple Artichokes, Ricotta, Caramelized Onions, and Green Garlic Aïoli

Oak Rotisserie Chicken with Baby Purple Artichokes, Ricotta, Caramelized Onions, and Green Garlic Aïoli