LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. – Featuring authentic flavors of Italy’s diverse regions – wood-fired pizzas, hand-crafted mozzarella, and a 100 percent Italian wine list – Trattoria al Forno at Disney’s BoardWalk Resort is inspired by farms in the Italian countryside with an open kitchen and family-friendly dining rooms.
“Trattoria al Forno is true Italian cooking,” says Chef Lenny DeGeorge, executive chef, Concept Development, Walt Disney Parks & Resorts. “We’ve challenged ourselves to come up with authentic recipes that will wow our guests – this restaurant is the next chapter in Disney dining.”
“Al forno” is Italian for “food baked in an oven,” and Trattoria al Forno features pizzas in the classic style of Naples, Italy, with simple tomato sauce and fresh mozzarella.
Interior Showcases Love of Food, Family
The restaurant is arranged as a series of separate rooms, starting with the original Entrata, or entrance, where the story begins. An arched brick wall introduces the traditional building materials used throughout the restaurant. Along the back wall, a custom wine cabinet displays authentic regional wines offered on the menu.
The first room, the Cucina showcases the forno, or oven, with its rustic wood mantle and copper hood. Next is the Sala da Pranzo, the more formal space, which showcases the fine silver, glassware and eclectic china in a grand hutch, with two crystal chandeliers above in the vaulted ceiling.
The Sala da Pranzo leads into Salotto, or living room, featuring tufted circular booths and upholstered chairs. Finally, the Taverna is a private dining room.
Classic Italian Cuisine
Trattoria al Forno showcases Old World techniques, including handcrafted mozzarella made daily and served with local heirloom tomatoes, cavatelli pasta and genuine Neapolitan-style pizzas baked in wood-burning ovens. A beautiful Italian flywheel slicer slices paper-thin Italian meats, served with a variety of olives and crisp bread.
Chef Christian Rumpler, who heads up the kitchen, says the chicken Parmesan is thinly pounded, cooked to order and served with fresh tagliatelle pasta. Whole fish is grilled and fileted tableside. The 16-ounce T-bone steak is served Florentine-style with a simple brush of herb oil. Ciabatta is made in-house. “We’re sourcing locally and making as much in our own kitchen as possible,” says Rumpler.
Waffles with espresso-mascarpone cream… hard-boiled egg and cheese with fonduta, a warm, cheesy sauce for dipping bread… Parmesan and tomato gravy over soft polenta…press-pot coffee…the breakfast menu offers American favorites along with some classic Italian tastes.
“Fresh ingredients are key,” says Rumpler. “You can get a classic American breakfast with bacon and eggs, but we wanted to offer some Italian tastes, too.”
Wines, Craft Cocktails
Wine with food is a way of life in Italy, and Trattoria al Forno’s wine list “takes guests on a historic journey through the Italian wine regions,” says Jason Cha-Kim, beverage manager for Disney Parks & Resorts.
“It’s unusual to have a 100 per cent Italian wine list,” says Cha-Kim, who curated a list of about 70 wines from Italy’s 20 wine regions. “We offer wines from regions that some guests may not be familiar with, so we add a description for every single wine, along with the region and grape varietal.”
Signature cocktails and Italian beers and sodas round out the drink menu, with a signature-blend Italian coffee roasted just for Trattoria al Forno.
Trattoria al Forno is open 7:30 a.m.-11 a.m. for breakfast, 5 p.m.-10 p.m. for dinner, and accepts the Disney Dining Plan. For reservations, call 407-WDW-DINE or www.disneyworld.com/dine.