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.
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?