Loews Portofino Bay Hotel
$19 - $48
Setting and Atmosphere
Upstairs at the back of the Portofino Bay hotel, in one of the wings overlooking the lake. Inside, the restaurant has the feel of an Italian villa, with white stucco walls and cedar wood floors. Outdoor seating, overlooking the lake, is available and is lovely during spring and fall evenings.
Risotto of the day.
Our favorite appetizers are the mussels with lemon butter sauce, and the Mediterranean seafood salad, which is served inside a large, scooped-out tomato. The other appetizers, mostly salads and antipasti of meats and cheeses, aren't bad, but you've probably had something similar already.
The best entree is the roasted duck breast, topped with a truffle oil glaze and accompanied by a small cheese souffle. Also good is the breaded veal, which is pounded so thin that it takes up almost the entire plate. Served with a small salad on top, the salad's dressing serves to keep the veal juicy.
The penne all'Arrabbiatta is even spicer than advertised.
We rate BiCE as one of the best restaurants in all of the Universal Resort, and it compares favorably to any of the similar restaurants at Walt Disney World. Because the Portofino gets a lot of business convention traffic, it's probably easier to get a reservation at 5:30 PM than 7:30 PM. As for reservations, you can make them in person, over the phone, or online at OpenTable.com.
|Requires Credit Card to Reserve: No|
|Requires Pre-payment in Full: No|
Universal Meal Deal
Does not participate.
|When to go||Dinner|
|Parking||At Portofino Bay Hotel|
|Dinner Hours||5:30 until close|