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    Terralina Crafted Italian

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Location

Walt Disney World Resort, The Landing, next to Paddlefish

Summary

Overall, we have been very satisfied by our few meals so far at Terralina. Service has been consistently good, and the food quality was definitely high, as well. In terms of consistency, we rank it higher than any of our experiences at Maria & Enzo’s and Enzo’s Hideaway, probably the closest analogs for this level of food and pricing. As for actual cost, Terralina is one of the few places where we've found the entrees to be a better value than appetizers; dessert is about as expensive as anything at Amorette’s Patisserie and just as tasty, as well.

Disney Springs now features over a dozen quality restaurants that you can choose from on any given night to fill your dining needs; there is no doubt this is a tough landscape to compete in. However, even in the crowded Italian food niche, we’d still probably pick Terralina if we were in the mood for pasta over all other available options in the area (and especially over Trattoria al Forno and Il Mulino, your other two “outside the parks” Italian food options). In the grand scheme of all Disney Springs restaurants, Terralina wouldn’t make our top five, but it’s definitely close, and worth a shot on your next visit.

Setting and Atmosphere

The restaurant’s exterior hasn’t changed much from the Portabello days, but the big upgrade is really the addition of an open air bar and seating area facing Riverboat Square (who knew that area in front of Paddlefish had an official name?). Just inside the front doors, you’ll find the new lobby, complete with a beautiful fireplace and seating area for guests awaiting dining tables. A long bar sits at the center of the restaurant (with open seating and full menu available), with several dining rooms circling around it, each featuring a slightly different take on the restaurants “Italian Lake District” theme. Overall, the restaurants wood features and warm tones throughout the décor lead to a very homey feeling, always a nice touch before settling down to a meal.

House Specialties

The spaghetti fritters ($12) sound intriguing – it’s basically a spaghetti pomodoro ball stuffed with mozzarella, breaded, and fried, kind of a fun take on the traditional arancini rice balls (which are also available at Terralina) – and are wonderful. Three golf-ball sized balls come per portion, perfect for sharing, and are a great way to sample the restaurant’s excellent pomodoro sauce (both inside the ball and served on the side for dipping).

Gnocchi ($25), featuring Nonna’s pork ragu and shaved parmesan. These gnocchi are on the large side, but aren’t tough or gummy, which is always a fear of ours. The pork ragu features both shredded and ground pork, and is incredibly rich in both slow-cooked and fresh tomato flavors, working alongside the fresh herbs that were visible in the sauce. For the price we like this better in flavor and value than comparable options at Maria & Enzo’s or Enzo’s Hideaway just around the corner.

The eggplant parmesan stack ($24) is, frankly, divine. It includes a few thicker slices of eggplant (large enough that you can actually taste the veggie’s flavor), layered with a very nice herb-ricotta, then breaded and fried on the outside, and covered in more melty, caramelized cheese.

Other Recommendations

Desserts. They're fantastic. Our two favorites are:

Rustic fruit crostata with seasonal fruit and vanilla gelato ($10) – crostatas get a bad rap sometimes for having the dreaded “soggy bottom”, but Mary Berry herself would praise this divine pastry and give it highest marks. Tons of fresh berries (including blueberries, blackberries, raspberries, and strawberries) fill a buttery, flaky, and perfectly cooked pastry shell, with tart sweet flavors abounding. The cool vanilla gelato on top serves as an excellent contrast to the warm crostata, along with being just absolutely tasty in and of itself.

Gelato sundae ($10) – Speaking of tasty gelato… this sundae is really something else. We didn’t want to order it; after all, it’s a sundae, what could be so special about it? We were so wrong. This is hands-down the best gelato we’ve had at Walt Disney World (sorry, Vivoli Gelato and Via Napoli) and even better, you get three scoops of it (pistachio, chocolate, and vanilla) topped with amareno cherries, more of that tasty hazelnut brittle, toffee crumbles, and a dollop of fresh whipped sweet cream. If you’ve ever tried the “ugly but good” sundae at Via Napoli, we highly recommend this sundae – it’s even better.

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