New Italian Restaurant to Debut at Boardwalk Resort at Walt Disney World

I was just talking to my girlfriends the other day about where we would “carb-load” the night before the 2015 Princess Half Marathon. I think the brand new Trattoria al Forno at Disney’s Boardwalk Resort will be just that place!


A “trattoria” is an Italian restaurant serving simple food, and “al forno” is Italian for “food baked in an oven,” and this new spot will showcase Old World techniques, including handcrafted mozzarella made daily, cavatelli (small dumpling-shaped pasta) and a variety of Neopolitan-style pizzas baked in wood-burning ovens. Neopolitan pizzas, by the way, are pizzas in the classic style of Naples, Italy, with simple tomato sauce and fresh mozzarella.

A beautiful Italian flywheel slicer slices paper-thin Italian meats, served with a variety of olives and caponata. Satisfying pastas, velvety seasonal risottos and fresh seafood and vegetables will celebrate the delectable diversity of Italian cuisine with authentic ingredients and recipes from Italy’s various regions.

Italy is just half the size of Texas but has wonderfully diverse cuisine, and Trattoria al Forno will showcase dishes from Italy’s various regions – for instance, braised beef Bolognese with house-made cavatelli from Bologna, semolina tagliatelli carbonara from Latium (more specifically Rome), pork chop alla Milanese named after the city of Milano. And you’ll find classic Italian favorites: chicken breast alla Parmagiana with tagliatelle pasta; shrimp with garlic, capers and anchovy butter with polenta; whole roasted fish with roasted vegetables; baked lasagna; grilled steak; slow-cooked lamb shank with polenta; and eggplant rollatini.

A seasonal risotto will always be on the menu, and vegetarians will appreciate the ruffled campanelle pasta with green beans, roasted potatoes and Genovese pesto.

Add a classic Italian dessert with an after-dinner cappuccino for a perfect ending. Look for tiramisù, lemon panna cotta with almond crunch and berries, gelatos, and the signature bomboloni (Italian donut holes) with dark chocolate and vanilla gelato.

Wines will be 100 percent Italian from historic wine regions including Tuscany, Veneto and Piedmont, with over 60 offerings by the bottle and more than 25 wines by the glass – Chiantis, Super Tuscans and fine Italian white wines such as Prosecco, Pinot Grigio and Moscato. Signature cocktails and Italian beers and sodas round out the drink menu, with a signature-blend Italian coffee roasted just for Trattoria al forno.

We can’t wait to share more information and photos, stay tuned. Reservations will be accepted in several weeks – we’ll be sure to let you know the date. Thanks to the Disney Parks Blog for giving us this great update!

Will you be dining at this new Italian Restaurant?

Universal Orlando Resort Now Offering 2 Dining Plans

Trying different restaurants is part of the fun when you are on vacation at Universal Orlando Resort. However, that can also be quite costly at times depending on where you want to dine, or what you would like to snack on. That is where the Universal Dining Plan comes in. If you are on the dining plan you can actually SAVE MONEY! The best part about the dining plan is that you can actually choose the amount of days you would like to use it, as it is not required for a length of stay.


Universal offers 2 plans a Regular plan that includes table service meals, or a Quick Service plan that includes well quick service meals. I have broken down the difference between the two, this way you can decide what you would prefer on your next Universal Orlando Vacation. You must have a vacation package to add either plan to your visit, these cannot be bought in the parks.

Regular Dining Plan Details- valid at over 100 Restaurant on Universal Orlando Resort Property

Adults: $51.99 per person (ages 10 and up)
•1 Table Service Meal
1 entrée
1 non-alcoholic beverage
1 Dining Plan dessert
•1 Quick Service Meal:
1 entrée platter
1 non-alcoholic beverage
•1 Snack
•1 non-alcoholic beverage

Children:(ages 3-9) $17.99 per person
•1 Table Service Meal
1 children’s entrée
1 non-alcoholic beverage
1 Dining Plan dessert
•1 Quick Service Meal
1 children’s entrée platter
1 non-alcoholic beverage
(children’s entrées are
available at select locations)
•1 Snack
•1 non-alcoholic beverage

Quick Service Dining Plan Details-this is great for those that are really focused on park days from open to close

Adults: $19.99 per person
•1 Quick Service Meal
•1 Snack
•1 Non-Alcoholic Beverage

Children:(ages 3-9) $12.99 per person
•1 Quick Service Kid’s Meal
•1 Snack
•1 Non-Alcoholic Beverage

Here are the snack and beverage options for both plans

•Regular Size Popcorn
•Fruit Cup
•Whole Fruit
•Vegetable Tray
•Fruit Bites
•Novelty Ice Cream Bar
•Soft Serve (regular cup or cone)
•Regular Size Cotton Candy
•Slice of Cake / Individual Pastries

•Fountain Soda – Regular size only
•Bottled Soda
•Bottled Water – Nestle®, Keeper Springs or Perrier™
•Hot Cocoa
•Hot Tea
•Starbucks – Coffee (tall)
•Starbucks – Tea (tall)
•Starbucks – Hot Chocolate (tall)

Universal offers many options depending on the type of vacation you want. These plans are a great value and can save you up to 30% when dining in the parks or at CityWalk. And with new restaurants being added every day at Universal Orlando Resort the dining possibilities are endless!

Are you ready to “Vacation Like You Mean It” at Universal Orlando Resort? I know I am, and will be adding the dining plan to go with it!