Dining Recon: Ale & Compass Lounge

Hello, my friends!  Did you miss me?  I hope you did!  Well, OK.  Hopefully, you missed me at least a little bit.  Anyway, I’m back!  For how long?  Who knows.  “Real life” has me very busy!

It took me a couple of weeks to figure out how to respond to Disney’s decision to start charging their defenseless Guests for the privilege of parking at all of their highfalutin’ (that was for you, Judith) resorts.  Here’s my opinion … book a Marriott.  At least you’ll earn points.

Hey!  Check out Doug Davis and John Peters as they rant about Disney’s nefarious parking lot “cash-grab”.  Catch it on the WDW Main Street Podcast –the place where rants were born!

Episode 438 – Parking Rant!

Now, let’s let’s talk about something fun … FOOD!  On our most-recent visit to “Mickey’s World”, Mrs. All in WDW and I made it a point to drop by the Yacht Club’s brand-new Ale & Compass Lounge.  Uh, a couple of times, actually!

Mrs. All in WDW considered these expensive and ordinary, but I loved them.  True, at $12, Ale’s Parker House Rolls and Spreads were a bit costly.  With Bacon Jam, Pub Cheese,and Smoked Trout Spread, however, they were pretty darn good!

We’ve found a place, in Nashville, that serves a phenomenal Nashville Hot Cauliflower.  This lounge’s version – a Roasted Buffalo-style Cauliflower – is reasonably-priced ($9) but not as good.  Maybe we’re spoiled by Nashville’s recipe, but Ale’s cauliflower was a bit too al dente for us.

Of all that, though, this one was the $18 pièce de résistance … one of their Hearth Oven “Pies”!  Check this baby out, folks!  Adorned with caramelized leeks, chorizo, and an egg, this pie was phenomenal!  We had it twice!  In fact, it’s one of our favorite dishes on property … now that we’ve experienced it!

It’s true that I was very disappointed when Disney decided to close the Yacht Club’s Captain’s Grille.  But, even I have to admit that WDW notched a ‘home run’ with this refurbishment.  When it comes to this lounge, we’ll definitely be back … for that “pizza”!

Forget the Sushi! Let’s Dine on Pizza and Beer!

You’ll have to forgive me, folks.  I need to pass along one more little Splitsville “blast”.  This time, let’s dine on pizza and beer!

Actually, I might have been able to entitle this post as another in, what is becoming, a long list of Disney “before and after” reports.

How so?  Well, check this out … Splitsville used to serve their beer in an ice cold, frozen chalice.  Deliciously refreshing!

Now, however?  Well, they’ve taken a big step back in my mind.  Instead of setting themselves apart by serving that impressively unique chalice, they’ve switched to …

A much more mundane presentation, the beer is still cold and enjoyable, but I have to admit … a little bit of Splitsville’s “magic” has disappeared.  Too bad.

When it comes to foods, two of my personal favorites are, you guessed it, sushi and pizza!  Hey!  Why do you think I’ve devoted the last three days to both delights?!

Check out yesterday’s post – Dining Recon: Splitsville Luxury Lanes! Better Sushi Than California Grill?!

Anyway, for $17, this Meat Lovers is a very shareable meal.  Plus, loaded with smoked sausage, pepperoni, bacon, and Italian meatballs, it’s a delicious pie!

Wow!  Great pizza.  Ice cold beer.  How can you ever lose with that combination?

If you, too, want to enjoy great food, give Splitsville a shot.  Hey!  They’re not your everyday ordinary bowling alley, you know!

Enjoy Lunch (or Dinner!) at the Via Napoli Pizza Window!

Always a great topic to start off any day, let’s talk about pizza!  Yes, folks, let’s chat about Via Napoli Pizzeria e Ristorante!

Never been to Via Napoli?  Believe it or not, neither had I!  It was actually Evan Chaisson’s recent post – right here on All in WDW – that brought it up to the top of my list.

Therefore, let’s start with him.  Evan covered his fantastic dinner a few weeks back.  Catch it here at … Dining Recon: Via Napoli!

Yum!  Personally, pizza is one of my very favorite foods.  Little peek behind the curtain, there!  Anyway, the day I stopped by Italy, I didn’t have time for a full sit-down experience.

Never fear, the pizza window was near!  Check it out!

To find Via Napoli, enter the Italy Pavilion, of course!

Via Napoli is directly in the back of the pavilion.

The pizza window is on the left side of the building.

For lunch, I started with Napoli’s pizza “special”.  A thick-crust Pizza Bianca covered with pomodoro (tomato sauce), prosciutto, arugula, and freshly-made mozzarella, I wondered if they gave me a double portion!

Initially, I had intended on going “boring”.  My goal had been to buy a simple slice of pepperoni pizza.  In the end, I wish I had.  I found the bianca to be too much “bread” and too little sauce.  The prosciutto and mozzarella were good, though.

When it came down to it, in reality, I had come for the meatballs!  I knew that I wanted to sample the window’s Polpette E Mozzarella Parmigiana!

Almost identical to a dish served by Italy at 2017’s “Food” & Garden Festival, Napoli’s version was equally outstanding!  Hand-made beef and veal meatballs.  Tomato sauce.  Mozzarella.  Parmigiano.  Fantastic!

My friends, my first taste of this iconic Epcot table service restaurant was a mixed bag, that’s for sure.  In the end, though, if those meatballs had been part of Food & Wine, they might have won the festival!

My recommendations?  Stay simple with your pizza order but get those meatballs!  Whether you dine inside or out, however, you’re bound to have a great Italian meal!  Buon appetito!

Menu “Recon”: BoardWalk Pizza Window

Good morning, my friends!  Before we jump into today’s delectable topic, one last time, let’s review the polls we ran last week.

Last Monday, we peered into the menu at Disney Springs’ B.B. Wolf’s Sausage Co. and chose what we wanted to order for lunch … or, dinner!

The result?  Their 3 Little Pigs Trio led the way!  Hey!  Why not have a little bit of “everything”?  It surely does look like a phenomenal bite!

On Thursday, we admitted Off Kilter into All in WDW’s Hall of Fame.  Congratulations, Off Kilter!  Did you agree with that selection?

Well, the voting is closed now, and your voice was loud and clear.  Over 76% of you say, ‘Yes!  They most certainly deserve to be honored’!  And, so they have been!

Finally, in that very same post, we scratched the surface of the debate that will never go away.  Maelstrom vs. Frozen!  Where do you stand?

Much to my personal pleasure, the original Norwegian adventure is also your choice.  Over 62% of you prefer it to Disney’s attempt to capitalize on all that is Frozen.

Today, folks, we’re back to food.  Big surprise, eh?  Before I launch us back to Disney Springs, I want to take a quick look at yet another BoardWalk favorite.  Pizza!

Let’s quote Disney … “Stroll down Disney’s BoardWalk with a hot slice in hand or order a whole pie to feed the entire family.

Take your pick from [among the] Cheese, Pepperoni or the Signature (Italian sausage, onions, peppers, and balsamic glaze) pizza[s]”!

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Let’s see a show of hands … who, here, has had one of the ‘slices’ served by the BoardWalk’s “famous” pizza window?

Wait!  I can’t “see” you.  Answer these polls, instead!  Let’s see if you think that this BoardWalk Quick Service is worth filling your belly and putting a dent in your wallet!

Coming Soon to Disney Springs … The “Split-Second” Pizza!

What?!  A “split-second” pizza?  What’re you talkin’ about, Bob!

Well, my friends, Blaze Pizza is about to hit Disney Springs.  Soon, Guests will be able to build their own “Fast-Fire’d Custom-Built Artisanal Pizzas”!

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Yes, folks!  Design your own pizza.  It’ll be ready to eat in … 180 seconds!  OK.  So, that’s not exactly a “split second”.  Three minutes is pretty darn fast, though.

So, what is this Blaze Pizza all about?  Fortunately, Mrs. All in WDW and I recently ran across one in Bowling Green, Kentucky.

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Imagine Blaze as the Chipotle or Subway of pizza.  What an organized operation!  Great teamwork, let me tell you.  Take a look!

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When ordering, you have a couple of ways you can go … you can Build Your Own Pizza.

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Or, you can order off their menu of already-designed Signature Pizzas.

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Whatever you do, it’ll be delicious.  We were really impressed.  In fact, Mrs. All in WDW raved about the quality of our “pie”.

We went veggie.  Black olives, green pepper, onion, banana peppers, tomatoes … all on a bed of mozzarella and spicy red sauce.  Check it out!

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Folks, we can’t wait to see Blaze Pizza open up in Disney Springs.  Based on our first-hand experience, we’re sure it will be yet another great addition to Walt Disney World’s ever-growing list of culinary options!