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Eat This: Ravello at the Four Seasons Orlando

 

We recently had an excuse to check out Ravello at the Four Seasons Resort Orlando at Walt Disney World and I could not wait to share the experience with all of you.

This wasn’t just my first time at Ravello. It was also my first time at this Four Seasons, which is situated inside the gates of Disney’s incredible Golden Oaks community.

The Four Seasons itself is stunning.

Once inside, you’ll find Ravello tucked away on the lower floor. The restaurant offers regionally influenced Italian dishes in a lovely atmosphere that’s well styled enough to feel upscale but relaxed enough to feel unpretentious. I’d happily come here on a date night or with my (well behaved) kids – or on a girls’ night out, as we were that evening.

The menus at both the bar and main restaurant are backlit e-ink in the style of a Kindle – which is both clever and, I imagine, to some extent environmentally friendly with an oft changing menu. Not to mention that it makes for some stunning lighting for pictures.

My girl Whit rocking the menu lighting.

We’d gotten there a bit early to relax before the meal and had a couple of drinks at the bar while we waited. The bartender was lovely and so were the beverages.

I highly recommend the Girlfriend is Better…

And the Botanical Club…

After being seated at our table, we moved on to the food. The menus were again e-ink style, accompanied by a paper menu with the Italian Week specials.

Our appetizers – sea scallops and beef tartare –  were wonderful…

Bested perhaps only by our main courses of gnocchi (masquerading as scallops) with cape canaversal shrimp and charred tomatoes, and pan roasted halibut with porcini crema, exotic mushrooms (just for the halibut!! sorry…), spinach, and truffle vinaigrette…

And two divine desserts -the stracciatella tortoni cake with graham almond crust and espresso fudge sauce and pillola ai due ciccolati (chocolate bon bon with orange marmalade and salted crumble cake)…

After this killer meal, we made sure to go up to the top floor at least to see Capa – another wonderful restaurant at the Four Seasons Orlando. We sat there and had a drink, admiring the view all across Disney property (you can appparently see ALL of the fireworks displays from here) on the outdoor patio before calling it a night and heading home.

All in all this was really just such a wonderful atmosphere to enjoy some excellent food slightly off the usual Disney beaten path.

I am so looking forward to getting back to the Four Seasons Orlando for another taste of Ravello – and an evening at Capa.

 

 

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