Portobello: Country - Italian - Trattoria
Portobello is located next to Fulton's Crab House in Downtown Disney. Recently my family decided to give it a try for lunch. It was not crowded. Although we could have been seated right away in the Dining Room, we opted to eat in the bar area instead.
The reason we chose the bar is because of the buzz that the Meatballs that they are serving in the bar have generated. I have read about them on serveral sites and heard a great podcast from Lou Mongello and WDW Radio discussing the new meatballs that are offered in the bar. They have even inscluded signage in teh bar area now referring to it as the "Meatball Bar."
We were pleased to find out that in the bar area we could not only order the meatballs that they featured, but we could also order anything on their Dining Room Lunch menu (pictured below.)
Each meal at Portobello starts out with their house made bread along with roasted garlic and olive oil (pictured below.) Again this was beyond what we expected to be served in the bar area. The roasted garlic was such that it spreadable on the bread and the taste was flavorful, but not overpowering. This was the first time that we had seen garlic served like this and we really enjoyed it.
Kat was our bartender/server and she did a great job recomending dishes and giving suggestions. Also like most Disney World Cast Members she was more than willing to take a picture for us.
Both of my children opted for the 3 for $5.00 meatball deal and they enjoyed all of the meatballs. Between them they sampled all four types and did not have anything bad to say about any of them.
Although the picture above does not do it justice, the Gnocchi served with Nana's Sunday Pork Ragu was spectacular. The potato pasta (Gnocchi) was served with a pulled pork based sauce that was in a tomato/wine based sauce. The pulled pork in the sauce was something I have never experienced in an Italian dish and I absolutely loved it. At the lunch price of $11.95 this was a great deal. You can also get this on the Dinner menu , but the portion is larger and the cost goes up to $24.95.
My wife enjoyed the Chicken Farfalle (pictured above) with snow peas, asparagus, tomatoes, and parmigiano cream sauce. This is another entree that is available both on the lunch and the dinner menus.