Trattoria al Forno Restaurant To Open at Disney’s BoardWalk

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While it’s well known that Kouzzina by Cat Cora is slated to close this fall (its last day of operation is September 30), what we didn’t know and have all been waiting to hear is what new restaurant was going to take its place.

Well, wait no more! Disney has officially announced that a brand new Italian restaurant, called Trattoria al Forno will be opening sometime this December at Disney’s BoardWalk Inn.

This brand new restaurant will serve up delectable, Old World-inspired dishes, showcasing dishes from the different regions of the country. Menu items will include Neopolitan-style pizzas, Bolognese with house-made cavatelli;  whole roasted fish with roasted vegetables; semolina tagliatelli carbonara; grilled steak; a seasonal risotto; pork chop alla Milanese; chicken breast alla Parmagiana with tagliatelle pasta; shrimp with garlic, capers and anchovy butter with polenta;  baked lasagna; slow-cooked lamb shank with polenta; ruffled campanelle pasta with green beans, roasted potatoes and Genovese pesto; and eggplant rollatini.  

Of course, we are leaving out one of the most important parts of the meal…dessert. (You’re supposed to eat that first on vacation, right?) Items will include (the traditional at every Italian restaurant) tiramisù; lemon panna cotta with almond crunch and berries; gelatos; and the signature treat known as bomboloni (Italian donut holes) which are served with with dark chocolate and vanilla gelato.

Italian wines will also be available. The restaurant will feature 60 different offerings by the bottle and more than 25 by the glass. In addition, signature cocktails and Italian beers and sodas will be available; for the coffee drinkers, the restaurant will serve its very own signature-blend Italian coffee.

As far as a time-table goes for when the new restaurant will open, if I had to wager a guess, I would suspect it would open some time around December 8. While Kouzzina is closed, Flying Fish will be offering breakfast options, which will be available from October 1 through December 7. While it isn’t official, that would be my educated guess.

Reservations are not currently available for the new restaurant at this time.

So, what are your thoughts? Excited by the new offering or think there’s a lot of Italian already represented, especially with its proximity to World Showcase?

Rikki Niblett

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15 thoughts on “Trattoria al Forno Restaurant To Open at Disney’s BoardWalk

  • July 15, 2014 at 5:46 pm
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    Not excited about another Italian restaurant in the Crescent Lake area–there seem to be plenty already, including the Italy pavilion–I’m sure I’ll give it a shot.

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  • July 15, 2014 at 6:21 pm
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    I agree with Tony—what a let down.
    Let hope it focuses more on Northern Italian instead of the heavy tomato sauce recipes.

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  • July 15, 2014 at 6:43 pm
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    I echo the above comments. Another Italian!? #sigh

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  • July 15, 2014 at 7:35 pm
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    “lots of pizza” – clearly they are appealing to the masses who want sit-down dinner service with pizza/pasta generic offerings. This disappoints me greatly, as it sounds just like Via Napoli… or you can always just hit Mama Melrose, Tony’s… blerg and ugh. I won’t be lining up to get a reservation.

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  • July 15, 2014 at 7:56 pm
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    I think it’s good. A lot of people do not want to waste a park ticket to go eat. The only other Italian in the area outside of a park is il mulino, but that is high end dining.

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  • July 15, 2014 at 9:24 pm
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    How disappointing. If I wanted to eat run of the mill Italian food I can go anywhere in town. Blah. Kouzzina was almost always on our dinner list but I’ll happily pass this up.

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  • July 16, 2014 at 5:17 am
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    Not sure why the Boardwalk needs a family themed Italian restaurant when it is so close to two far more tempting spots inside Epcot?
    Hopefully, Trattoria al Forno will adopt the kind of quality that the Vivo Italian Kitchen is offering over in CityWalk and stand out as something special and affordable, rather than plain old ordinary!

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  • July 16, 2014 at 9:41 am
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    Hi Natalie,
    I also live in Brooklyn and was thinking the exact same thing! Since Italian of all qualities, regions, and types are so readily available here this does not excite me at all…and I do get excited by some WDW restaurants! Oh well. Maybe it will really be standout Italian food.

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  • July 16, 2014 at 11:08 am
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    There’s also Portobello’s downtown.

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  • July 16, 2014 at 11:47 am
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    And don’t forget there’s also Il Mulino over at the Swan hotel and, with a bit of a walk the other direction, Mama Melrose over at the Studios. Plus, if you want plain ol’ pizza, there’s still the Boardwalk pizza window. I can think of so many other types of restaurants that I’d love to see in that space. I must admit, I’m very disappointed with this news.

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  • July 17, 2014 at 7:49 am
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    So there’s no where in Disney you can get Greek food

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  • July 17, 2014 at 12:19 pm
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    Pure profit/money grab. Pasta and pizza have cheap ingredients. Booooooriiiiiiiiing.

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