Trattoria al Forno to replace Kouzzina by Cat Cora on Disney's BoardWalk

Jul 15, 2014 in "Trattoria al Forno"

Posted: Tuesday July 15, 2014 4:36pm EDT by WDWMAGIC Staff

Disney has today announced that 'Trattoria al Forno' will replace the soon-to-close Kouzzina by Cat Cora on Disney's BoardWalk in late 2014.

Menu items will include handcrafted mozzarella made daily, cavatelli (small dumpling-shaped pasta) and a variety of Neopolitan-style pizzas baked in wood-burning ovens.

The official Disney Parks Blog shares the following details.

"Italy is just half the size of Texas but has wonderfully diverse cuisine, and Trattoria al Forno will showcase dishes from Italy’s various regions – for instance, braised beef Bolognese with house-made cavatelli from Bologna, semolina tagliatelli carbonara from Latium (more specifically Rome), pork chop alla Milanese named after the city of Milano. And you’ll find classic Italian favorites: chicken breast alla Parmagiana with tagliatelle pasta; shrimp with garlic, capers and anchovy butter with polenta; whole roasted fish with roasted vegetables; baked lasagna; grilled steak; slow-cooked lamb shank with polenta; and eggplant rollatini.

A seasonal risotto will always be on the menu, and vegetarians will appreciate the ruffled campanelle pasta with green beans, roasted potatoes and Genovese pesto.

Add a classic Italian dessert with an after-dinner cappuccino for a perfect ending. Look for tiramisù, lemon panna cotta with almond crunch and berries, gelatos, and the signature bomboloni (Italian donut holes) with dark chocolate and vanilla gelato.

Wines will be 100 percent Italian from historic wine regions including Tuscany, Veneto and Piedmont, with over 60 offerings by the bottle and more than 25 wines by the glass – Chiantis, Super Tuscans and fine Italian white wines such as Prosecco, Pinot Grigio and Moscato. Signature cocktails and Italian beers and sodas round out the drink menu, with a signature-blend Italian coffee roasted just for Trattoria al forgo."

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SnarkyMonkeyJan 09, 2015

Early reviews of this restaurant sound amazing to me. I am very impressed with all the food made from scratch daily on site. My mouth waters when I hear about their pasta, mozzarella and bread. So, I do hope it sticks around for a long time. I think it's about time that Disny puts some effort into Italian offerings. Most of the others I have tasted aren't great.

BigTxEarsDec 28, 2014

Will miss Cat's but this looks good as well :)

IncomudroDec 19, 2014

Sounds quite nice then! This one will definitely be a do on our next trip.

neoianDec 19, 2014

So we decided to dine here last night and I must say that I am impressed with what they are doing so far. We had the Caprese Salad, Fennel Sausage Pizza, and Lasagna. The taste for these items were above average so it's a lot better than Olive Garden. The portions are a fair size, especially the pizzas. The fresh mozzarella really improves the taste of the pizza and other dishes that use it. The pasta is freshly made and to those who were worried about the quality of the water, it's filtered 3 times for both when it's served at the table and for when it's used in dishes. So worry no more about the funky taste of the water showing up in your $21 dish of pasta. They serve freshly baked focaccia bread once you order your meal, and olive oil is provided for your dipping pleasure. The only issue we have with this restaurant is the price. Yes, it's on Disney property, it's located on the Boardwalk, but there is much better Italian fare located nearby. I would have to recommend Ravello at the Four Seasons over this place if your looking for somewhere new to dine within the Italian cuisine. The price is around the same (maybe add a few more dollars), but the quality and service are miles ahead of what's offered here.

MarkTwainDec 19, 2014

I agree with this. It wouldn't have been my first choice for an new restaurant theme, but it looks nice. Lord knows it's a troubled location, so if this turns out to be the thing that sticks, then good for them. I'll give it a shot on my next stay at Boardwalk, just as we tried (and really enjoyed) Kouzzina on our last one.

GymLeaderPhilDec 18, 2014

Sorry for three posts on this, but I really appreciate the changes they've made. First off the seating is spaced evenly - you don't have that Be Our Guest issue in the main room where you're practically dining with the people at adjacent tables. It also appears like they've lowered the cealing and addressed the issue with Kouzzina's in which it was an echo chamber which is something that Via Napoli suffers greatly from. Their cocktail menu and wine list is distinct with only some carbon copies from the rest found across property. Pasta is made in house daily. They have the huge machine on display towards the left of the open kitchen. I'm surprised they did not open with a bar in the lobby area, given the space that could greatly accommodate it. Makes me wonder if they have plans to add it later on. All in all, I think it's a great addition and I hope they are able to sustain what they have at opening into their day to day operation for years to come.

GymLeaderPhilDec 18, 2014

Also, the lighting is brighter in the photos, it will be much lower.

GymLeaderPhilDec 18, 2014

Calamari app was the best I've ever had at Disney. If you're gluten intolerant, they have a menu already ready for you. No special arrangements or requests.

aladdin2007Dec 18, 2014

No I miss it as well. But this does look beautiful. Im just having a hard time figuring out how this fits into the Boardwalk theme/decor wise. Even with the backstory they threw together. oh well. It looks like it belongs in the Bohemian Hotels chain.

IncomudroDec 18, 2014

I'll admit that the pictures of the food were les than impressive. But, being a New Yorker of mostly Italian decent I don't expect much authenticity even in good theme park restaurants. I believe that to a certain extent, there may actually be a purposeful effort to keep the fare at an Olive Garden level because that's what the theme park masses think Italian is. In any event, I welcome its proximity to Beach Club and will very likely take the family there.

Cesar R MDec 18, 2014

certainly looks good from inside. I will have to see it by myself as photos always makes everything look better.

ScarDec 18, 2014

I might be the only one, but I still miss Spoodles. Sigh.......

IncomudroDec 18, 2014

Looks great! We'll be staying at Beach Club (spent the past four vacations there) and this is a great dining option just across the pond!

wdwmagicDec 18, 2014

PHOTOS - A look inside the dining room at Trattoria al Forno on Disney's BoardWalk