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I had a chance to check out Terralina Crafted Italian, the newest restaurant in Disney Springs, earlier this month and am excited to share a review with you today!
If you ever went to Portobello in Downtown Disney, then you know right where Terralina is located because it is in the same location formerly occupied by Portobello.
If you aren’t familiar, it is right across from Paddlefish (the giant paddle boat that is hard to miss) in The Landing section of Disney Springs.
Terralina is inspired by Italy’s Lake District which stretches across northern Italy. The chef is James Beard Award winner Tony Mantuano, so you know you are in good hands!
As you can probably tell from the pictures, the decor is rustic Italian and the space is gorgeous.
There was great attention to detail in the found items and art from Italy that decorate the restaurant. And the natural materials that make up almost everything in the restaurant give it a nice earthy feeling.
We were able to walk up at 11:40 am (it is open from 11:30 to 11:30 daily) and were seated without a reservation – in fact, there were only a handful of other guests in the restaurant.
Here is a look at the all-day menu (check it out online here). There were a few lunch specials on a separate card, one of which my mother-in-law ordered and you will see below.
There was also a nice wine menu available with many wines available by the glass – here is a link to the wine list.
Speaking of wines, I had the “Aromatic & Off-Dry” wine flight ($12) as a special treat. The three wines were very different and I even saved the sweet Moscato for a dessert wine after my meal! Their wine flights were reasonably priced and had nice variety.
Our server suggested the Spaghetti Fritters ($12) as an appetizer so we went for it. Here they are with the bread service, which included wood-fired bread and some delicious house-made pickled veggies.
Well, the fritters pretty much changed my life. Whoever thought this up needs a medal… fried spaghetti balls? Brilliant. Needless to say, I loved them. They were very big and plenty to share among three people.
After the spaghetti fritter and bread I was already getting kind of full so I was glad I ordered a big salad for my entree – the Terralina Crafted Italian Salad ($14). It had romaine, bocconcini, shaved parmesan, fennel, grape tomatoes, red onion, salami, pepperoncini, tossed in a red wine vinaigrette.
I got about halfway through before I called it quits. It was delicious and very big. No cheap parmesan here – every ingredient in the salad was fresh, authentic, and high-quality.
My mother-in-law ordered the grilled veggie lunch sandwich special ($14) and substituted a side salad for the fries for an extra $3. The sandwich was HUGE and she couldn’t even finish half! She loved the pesto on the sandwich and said all of the veggies were delish.
Looking back we probably could have shared this and not ordered my salad, but we didn’t know how generous the portions would be for lunch.
My daughter got the kid’s cheese pizza ($6) and she let me try a bite (okay, I had to sneak a bite). It was very big and we took half of it back to our hotel with us. It was wood-fired and fantastic. Really, really, good pizza.
We all had a few bites of Lemon Panna Cotta ($9) for dessert. It was a perfect ending to our delicious meal. Here is a link to the dessert menu.
I thought the prices at Terralina were very reasonable for table service dining at Disney World. The portions were generous and the ingredients were high-quality so we thought it was a good value for what we spent.
We had two servers because one was a trainee, and both ended up being excellent servers. You couldn’t tell the place had only been open a week and it was lunch – they were both knowledgeable about the menu and took lots of time to explain the dishes and wine to us in detail.
There are MANY Italian restaurants in Disney World but I highly suggest giving Terralina Crafted Italian a visit. I think you’ll find great food, reasonable prices, good service, and a gorgeous atmosphere.
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