Dining Recon: Dinner at Trattoria al Forno

Good morning, folks!  A couple of weeks ago, I shared a visit to what Mrs. All in WDW and I think might be the very best breakfast on Walt Disney World property.

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Where’d we go?  We dined at Trattoria al Forno, of course.  Oh, we love The Wave … of American Flavors.  We’re also partial to Captain’s Grille.  Trattoria, though, was other-worldly!

Click here to see Trattoria al Forno’s phenomenal Frittata!

My friends, we enjoyed our breakfast experience so much that we just had to stop back for dinner.  It didn’t start out that way, however.

What do I mean?  Well, we had scheduled a dinner with two friends at neighboring, and newly re-opened, Flying Fish.  A closer look at the menu, though, convinced us otherwise.

First, do you all remember the Fish’s famous Potato-wrapped Red Snapper?  Notably missing from their new menu, I’m afraid.

Then, I checked out Flying Fish’s prices.  For example, $46.00 for scallops?  Hopefully, unlike this picture on Disney’s site, they serve more than three?  We decided to pass.

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Instead, we re-booked our ADR for a return visit to Trattoria … and its very friendly staff!

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Trattoria’s dinner menu is quite expansive.  Choosing a dish was a challenge.  It all looks so good!  Fortunately, it tasted great as well!

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Mrs. All in WDW and one of our friends selected different preparations of Trattoria’s Grilled Tuna.  Here it is, as advertised, with House-made Cavatelli.

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And, if you don’t want pasta, ask for the dish with Seasonal Vegetables!  Mrs. All in WDW … ever healthy!

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Myself, well, you know I’m weak when it comes to short ribs.  The Braised Short Rib Bolognese enticed both myself and our other friend.  Simply delicious!

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Pleasantly, dinner was not the end.  We don’t usually indulge in dessert, my wife and I, but, this time, we couldn’t resist.

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The group shared the Cannoli Pizzelle

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… and an order of Zeppoli.  Fried dough?  We couldn’t resist!  What a clever presentation too!

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Dinner was fantastic, everyone!  To be truthful, for me, breakfast “wins” by a slight margin, but the bottom line is that both of our meals at Trattoria were great!

Folks, we highly recommend Trattoria al Forno!  For the price, it’s the best restaurant on the BoardWalk, as far as we’re concerned.  Give it a chance!

Reader “Dining Recon”: Yachtsman Steakhouse!

Good Monday, my friends!  Welcome to the beginning of another busy week!  Food & Wine voting will make its return in a few days!  Stay tuned!

In the meantime, All in WDW would like to thank one of our loyal readers for presenting us with this brief “tour” through one of Disney’s most-acclaimed restaurants – Yachtsman Steakhouse!

A first time visit for our friend, he described his experience as “Terrific.  Best meal on property … ever.  Best service, too.”

Their menu is quite diverse …

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Personally, one of the things that caught my eye was the restaurant’s bread service.  Seems pretty straightforward, eh?

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Well, you won’t be simply buttering this bread.  Check out the Roasted Garlic!  Yum!

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On this evening, though, the Yachtsman’s 12-oz Prime New York Strip Steak served with a Peppercorn-Brandy Sauce and accompanied by Potato Gratin was the star!

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The verdict?  The steak was “perfectly prepared and quite excellent”!

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Dinner was capped off with a Lime Semifreddo.  Meringue, guava, graham cracker toffee, and blackberry.  Mmmm.  Our friend “adored the dessert”!

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Mrs. All in WDW and I have been to the Yachtsman only once … several years ago.  To be truthful, our experience, then, was less than stellar.  For the prices, we expected much more.

Having seen this review, though, we’re adding the restaurant back to our target list.  It’s always good to give a place a second chance, after all!

Yachtsman Steakhouse at Disney’s Yacht Club Resort!  One of your fellow readers gives it a double “thumbs up”.  If you haven’t given it a try, maybe you should.  We will!

Carve into Epcot’s Cuisine! VOTE for YOUR Food & Wine ’16 Favorites!

Phenomenal response to this week’s voting, my friends!  Thanks for your support!  Clearly, you’re excited for Food & Wine’s impending arrival.

And, how much longer do we have to wait, you ask?  27 very short days!  That’s right!  Less than four more weeks.  Yippee!  I can’t wait to taste the sensations!

 – Hey, gang!  Listen to me on the WDW Main Street Podcast.  We discuss Soarin’, Frozen Ever After, Flying Fish, Trattoria al Forno and this week’s Food & Wine polls! –

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Loaded Mac ‘n’ Cheese with Nueske’s Pepper Bacon

So, folks, where do we find ourselves?  Well, we’ve granted 15 of Epcot’s delights entry into Round 2 of 2016’s voting.  To see yesterday’s “winners”, click here.

With the poll below, however, we’ll find ourselves only half-way through Round 1.  What that means is that we’ll come back next week to carve through Epcot’s remaining 34 entrees!

Your job, today, is to vote for up to FIVE dishes!  The Top 5 vote-getters will move on to Round 2!  Enjoy, everyone!  VOTE for your 5!

By the way, if you need a description of the items before you make your choices, check out this link!

Feasting on the Festival! Food & Wine ’16 Voting Continues!

Wow!  Really close voting yesterday, my friends!  With the exception of Farm Fresh’s Pickled Beet Salad, every dish got a little of your love.

Want to see yesterday’s results?  Check back here to see which FIVE delicious items still have a chance to win a spot in the 2016 All in WDW Readers’ Food & Wine Pre-Festival Top 20!

Now, let’s jump back into the “kitchen” and “eat” some more of Epcot’s finest cuisine!

Brazil's Crispy Pork Belly! Very crispy ... and, VERY good!

Brazil’s Crispy Pork Belly! Very crispy … and, VERY good!

My friends, I present TWO groups below.  You can vote for up to FIVE dishes in each group!  In other words, you can cast as many as TEN votes today!

Like yesterday, the Top 5 vote-getters in each group will move forward into Round 2 of our selection process.  Which dishes will it be?

Have fun, folks!  VOTE!  VOTE!  VOTE!  By the way, if you need a description of the items before you make your choices, check out this link!

 Welcome to Food & Wine “Fun ‘n Games”! It’s time to VOTE!

Welcome, my friends!  Welcome back to All in WDW and welcome to the 4th Annual All in WDW Readers’ Food & Wine Pre-Festival Top 20!  4th?!  You bet!

Let’s see a show of hands.  Who, out there, remembers last year’s Food & Wine “frolics”?  I’ll give you a hint … you did a lot of salivating and a whole lot of voting!

Great!  I see quite a few of you out there!  Hey!  There’s Doug Davis, Dennis Conroy, and John Peters!  WDW Main Street Podcast in … da … house!

I love those guys!  If you want to hear me talk Food & Wine ’16 on their show, click here!

Now, how many of you are new to All in WDW’s obsession with Food & Wine?  Oooh.  There’s a lot of you “rookies” this year!  That’s outstanding!

Well, to organize my attack on Food & Wine, I annually carve Epcot’s monumental list of Food & Wine entrees down to the 20 dishes that I feel that I will like.

Yes, folks, in the past I used to aim for “25”.  In 2016, however, I’m going to dial back the calories and cost to “20”!  That list will become my 2016 “menu”!

Why do I do this?  Hey!  Have you seen the list of entrees this year!  There’s nearly 70!  I simply can’t eat (or pay for!) that much food!

So, what job do I have in mind for you?  We’re going to construct your Food & Wine Pre-Festival “menu”!  And, we’re going to do it “All in WDW style”!

That’s right!  Polls!  You’ve done it quite successfully the past three years … let’s do it again!  It’s easy!

Hey!  You know what you like!  For example, are you going to pick Grilled Shrimp if you’re allergic to shellfish?  Will you choose Venison if your favorite character is Bambi?

Australia's 2015 Grilled Sweet and Spicy Bush Berry Shrimp

Australia’s 2015 Grilled Sweet and Spicy Bush Berry Shrimp

Let’s have some fun making selections in this – the “1st Round” of voting!  Across all of Food & Wine’s marketplaces, which dishes will hit your list?

Which items will you collectively include in the 2016 All in WDW Readers’ Food & Wine Pre-Festival Top 20?!

So, here’s how it works … I present one group below.  You can vote for up to FIVE dishes in each group!  The Top 5 vote-getters will move forward in our selection process!

Bon appetit, diners!  VOTE!  VOTE!  VOTE for your 5!  By the way, if you need a description of the items before you make your choices, check out this link!