Trattoria al Forno Restaurant Review- At Disney’s Boardwalk Resort
Trattoria al Forno Restaurant Review- At Disney’s Boardwalk Resort.
Trattoria al Forno is located at Disney’s Boardwalk Resort, once upon a time, Kouzzina by Cat Cora Restaurant occupied this location. I was somewhat apprehensive to dine at Trattoria Al Forno, mainly for the large range of reviews. I decided it was time to give it a whirl.
As I walked inside I was greeted by rich wood, stone, and large wine coolers. There are more than 60 bottles representing major wine regions of Italy.
Approaching the dining area, an open kitchen with a wood-burning oven seems to draw my focus. There are three different dining areas and private dining room on the back side. The dinner menu is on the small side of selections, however a fair mix of familiar Italian dishes.
Soon after placing our order (husband and I), a small loaf of Ciabatta bread was placed on the table. Disappointed to find the bread wasn’t warmed at all. I wasn’t going to get myself worked up over bread, stuff happens, I decided to “let it go”. To accompany the bread, Tuscan olive oil was on the table, however, a dipping bowl was absent. I added the oil to my bread plate, but I noticed others diners thought the oil was for decorative reasons.
My husband (Len) and I shared an order of Calamari Fritti as an appetizer, which was crisp to perfection, extremely tender, however a bit too salty. Our entrées were served rather quickly but by no means rushed.
Len had ordered Lasagna al Forno. A good-sized portion of meat filling, cheese and sauce were well-balanced. The lasagna was hot, creamy and very filling. The only downside to the lasagna was the overly salty sauce.
I had ordered the Oak Grilled Strip Steak, I know not very Italian but I love a good steak. My steak was a healthy portion served exactly as I requested (medium) with roasted potatoes and asparagus.The steak was tasty and tender enough, the potatoes were roasted just right with a creamy texture inside, the asparagus was firm and tender. The steak wasn’t the best I’ve ever had but it was good.
As for service, in all my visits to Walt Disney World, I have never had an unpleasant encounter with the server until now. Our server was only seen when our order was taken. Kitchen runners brought our appetizer and entrées to our table. During our dining experience, my husband requested another serving of bread to a kitchen runner, for our server was not present. When no bread was brought we had asked a server from a nearby table to locate our server. Our server finally appeared after waiting quite a while. We asked if we may have more bread, she replied: “bread is in the oven” and left the table. We finished our entrées, our table was cleaned and still no bread, which at this point the subject was moot.
My favorite part of any meal, dessert!!!
Something sweet always pleases the pallet after a hearty dinner. The dessert menu was quite large with traditional selections of Italian desserts. I was impressed with the espresso and other coffee offerings, there is also a one-page menu of Italian liqueurs.
Len ordered his absolute favorite, Tiramisu. A satisfying portion filled with sweetened mascarpone cheese and espresso flavored ladyfingers but missing a hint of the liqueur.
I had the Zeppoli, it’s fried dough coated with almond sugar with dipping sauces. It was DELISH! I favored the chocolate sauce most of all, however, it didn’t require any sauce for it was tasty on its own.
It came the time when you know you absolutely have to walk off a bit of food. We walked around to visit Disney’s Beach Club Resort and Yacht Club Resorts and viewed the fireworks from Epcot. It truly was a beautiful evening.
Dinner was better than average. Would I dine at Trattoria al Forno again? The answer is yes. Would I make Trattoria al Forno a “must stop” when I visit Disney? The answer is no, don’t get me wrong, dinner was good however there was no WOW.
I do recommend families on a budget not to dismiss Trattoria al Forno. A full-size pizza is $19, the pizza is far better from Walt Disney World room service pizza or the Food Court pizza, Len ordered a slice at the walk-up window because he just HAD to try it. If you ever had the pizza from room service or food court you know exactly what I mean, it’s just terrible. Families on a budget can have table service and not break the bank. Trattoria al Forno is a participant in the Disney Dining Plan.
“A man should never neglect his family for business”-
Have you dined at Trattoria al Forno? What are your thoughts? Do you agree with my review? Share your experience. I would love to hear from you.
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