Buongiorno, food lovers! Today we’re taking you on a journey to a hidden gem tucked away at Disney’s Boardwalk Inn. From delicious Italian dishes to the cozy setting, Trattoria al Forno offers a delightful dining experience.
Location and Hours
Trattoria al Forno is located inside the Boardwalk Inn near both Epcot and Hollywood Studios. It’s a convenient stop for anyone staying at Boardwalk or one of the nearby resorts; Beach Club, Yacht Club, and Swan and Dolphin.
Trattoria is open for breakfast from 7:30 am to 11:30 am, and dinner from 5:00 pm to 10:00 pm.
Menu at Trattoria al Forno
Both the breakfast and dinner menus offer a wide range of options that are sure to interest anyone. However, we were visiting for dinner and were not able to try the breakfast options.
Included with dinner is a complimentary bread service, which was a pleasant surprise! This isn’t uncommon, especially for an Italian eatery. But I was not expecting the bowl of garlic confit that accompanied it!
The bread itself was delightful, light, and fluffy with a satisfying crunch on the exterior.
I would bathe in the garlic confit.
Lasagna al Forno
We ordered two entrees, the first was the Lasagna al Forno. Layers of noodles, bechamel, cheese, and three proteins made for a hearty dish. The combination of beef, pork, and veal elevated this traditional dish.
And the presentation was gorgeous! Rolled together and placed vertically on the plate, this one is a showstopper.
The winner though, by a mile, is the Truffle Gnocchi. I was only recently introduced to gnocchi and it’s now my go-to dish anytime it’s on a menu. I can’t believe I got this far in my life without anyone introducing us sooner!
The cream sauce was a silky symphony of (more) garlic and truffle. The flavor was predominately sweet caramelized garlic.
The gnocchi were perfect pillows of heaven. Pan-fried and crispy on the outside while maintaining a soft and supple interior.
Experiencing Trattoria al Forno: Dining and Service
The staff were friendly, attentive, and eager to make our meal enjoyable. They’re well-versed in the menu and offered valuable suggestions that helped us to decide between some hard choices.
What Makes Trattoria al Forno Stand Out?
Beyond its culinary offerings, Trattoria al Forno stands out due to its unique blend of Italian charm and Disney magic. The restaurant beautifully encapsulates ‘la dolce vita’ or ‘the sweet life’, an Italian concept that cherishes good food and great company.
Special Dietary Options
Although they are limited, Trattoria al Forno does have a few plant-based options. Namely, the bolognese which I’d venture to guess in an Impossible product.
As expected from a restaurant in Disney World, Trattoria al Forno is kid-friendly. The restaurant offers a kid’s menu with smaller portions, and high chairs are available upon request.
Tips for Visiting Trattoria al Forno
If you’re planning a visit, it’s advisable to make a reservation to avoid disappointment, especially during peak hours. Trattoria al Forno offers a delightful Italian dining experience in the heart of Disney’s BoardWalk. With its inviting ambiance, authentic fare, and friendly service, it makes for a pleasant retreat amidst the hustle and bustle of Disney World. It’s definitely worth checking out during your visit.