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webray
06-16-2007, 07:34 AM
We finally had a chance to try this restaurant last night (Friday).

Our server said it has been open for four months now. When you walk up, the menus are posted out front, although covered by a textured glass which makes them very hard to read. We could hear the music from inside, it was quite loud and we wondered if it would continue to be this loud the entire evening. The music was that loud all night, lol, but to our suprise it just blended in perfectly with the rest of the evening. The restaurant is quite large, many private rooms for large groups. Very beautiful, lots of red brick. Everything very modern looking. Orange accents.

Our server, Calogero, (Calo for short) was from Sicily. He greeted us promptly and began chatting away. Asked what water we wanted, why San Pellegrino of course. Gave us the menus and wine list to begin looking over.

The have quite a large menu. You can also check it out at swandolphin.com.
There is an extensive wine list, mostly sold by the bottle, only a couple per section sold by glass. Also a wonderful Scotch and dessert wine list.

San Pellegrino had been poured and put in ice bucket to keep cold for us.
So, on with the review. First thing out of the kitchen was a complimentary treat from the chef. It was eggplant with tomatoes, garlic and parm served cold with 4 slices of a very spicey italian sausage... and it was fabulous. I had never had eggplant before. I am sure there were other ingredients but that is all I can remember right now. Should have wrote this in the restaurant, lol. Tony brought out a basket of bread about same time eggplant was brought out. The breads were also very nice. There was a white, very aerated with a chewy crust.
A whole grain type, quite delicious. And our favorite of the night, the thin sliced oil, garlic and some type of red pepper toasted, maybe baked? at low temp for a long period of time to get that wonderful texture on all sides. Crisp, chewy, totally bursting with flavor. Delicious. When wonderful with the eggplant.

Calo stopped by several times, explaining menu, taking our questions so time to order.

We got a bottle of pinot grigio (Vigna des Papas) The popes vinyard is how it translates, hopefully my spelling is close. It was very crisp, light and we had not problem finishing the bottle by end of meal. (I will say, the bottles of wine are all prices for every budget..so no problems there. Bottles are definately the better buy). Hubby also ordered a red to go with his veal..can't remember the name of it..too strong for me, but he loved it..and it did go perfectly with the veal..as I had a little sample of them together..lol.

Hubby started with the Carpaccio. It covered the entire plate, huge slice. It was fabulous and went perfectly with the bottle of wine we had chosen.
I had the pasta Fagoli..also wonderful. Very light, pasta done perfectly.

So far, so good. Next up, pasta course. You can get a 1/2 portion of the pastas if you like to go with your meal. I was interested in trying the white cream sauce so we chose the tortellini stuffed with meat, covered in the white cream sauce and had fresh peas mixed in. Hubby was tenative about this dish, the red sauces are his favorite, he was totally suprised at how wonderful it was. They make 4 homemade pastas at Il Mulino, the tortellini was one of them. The other three have the red sauce which we will try next time for sure.

(side note about red sauce...as I was heading to restroom, a couple on the other end of restaurant had two of the other homemade pastas with the red sauce. The sauce smelt so good as I neared their table, I couldn't believe it.
The aroma of flavors was like a wonderful cloud surrounding their table. Made me very excited to taste it next time.)

Anyway, time for dinner. Hubby had the Saltimbocco. Veal, thin sliced topped with prociutto. It had garlic and fried sage and was on a bed of spinach. The dish was melt in your mouth wonderful.

I had the red snapper. This came on a bed of broccoli rabe, topped with prociutto and surrounded by a white wine sauce. For hubby and I, red snapper needs to be done just right and very few restaurants seem to have the majic touch. Well, the chef at Il Mulino does..this dish was fantastic.

We would definately order either of these dishes again, but probably won't as all the others on the menu looked just as wonderful and we will want to be trying them, lol.

We thought the portions were quite large. They definately don't skimp on anything. Hitting our limit we had to stop eating, as we knew we wanted to test a bottle of dessert wine, for dessert, lol? :banana:

I already knew which one, from the internet menu. I can remember it was from Tuscany..and it was $52 per bottle..lol. By this time, many tables had come and gone..although you are not rushed here. This is a take your time between courses to relax and enjoy type of place. Calo brought us the wine and he said..let me see if I can find you something to dip in the wine..Italian tradition. So, Calo comes out of the kitchen with a little plate of amaretto cookies (we found out later they were crumbled and used for something else to do with actual desserts). Calo said dip the cookies into the wine (he said they usually do this with biscotti but none in the restaurant, we said no problem). Wow...we learned something new and to taste the dessert wine that way put a whole new spin on the flavor. Very cool. So good, I ate part of hubby's little cookies, lol. Tony had come by to check on us, I asked for a couple more cookies since I ate hubbys..lol. He said sure, no problem. My hubby told me I was shameless, lol, I said no, you need to have a couple more, we still had 1/2 bottle of wine to go and I wanted to try it again myself.

While we were enjoy our dessert wine and cookies we saw the servers carrying around this large metal bucket type container. Well, before the meal started we asked Calo if they made homemade limoncello at the restaturant. Calo said yes, and we said is it good, he said oh yes. He said I will bring you some at end of meal. Well, that big bucket full of ice keeps the limoncello cold and the serve it to you with a ladle right there at the table. Wow, is all we both could say. It was creamy, sweet with just the right bite. We really enjoyed it. Hubby and I love limoncello ever since we had tasted it in EPCOT Italy pavillion. We have been buying that same branded bottle from our local liqour store for years now. We had never had homemade..so the limoncello at Il Mulino is quite a treat.

When we ordered the dessert wine, hubby had also chosen a cigar off the list. Nice touch to the dessert menu..all the scotches and then having the cigars to enjoy with the fine drink.

Anyway, by then the manager had visited the table a couple times. When you order a cigar, if you would like to have it there, they set you up outside with a little table, cutter, matches, etc..so you can enjoy it. Hubby and I both thought that was a wonderful touch.

A few side notes:
The restaurant is very kid friendly. Childrens menu is not the usual chicken nuggets and hot dogs, it is small sized italian meal entrees.

We have never had any food come out of a restaurant anywhere so hot and fresh. This food WAS NOT sitting under heat lamps waiting for an overworked server to bring it to the table. It was brought out immediately.

You have a server who has an assistant, and then there is a regular water boy, the person who pours the pellegrino, someone to bring out food. A whole team of people watching to make sure everything is perfect for you.
Il Mulino is the type of place, they seat you, place the napkin in your lap, refold it if you leave the table and place it back in your lap again when you return.

We really enjoyed Il Mulino and would definately return. Lot's of wonderful items on the menu yet to be tried!
Hope this has been helpful to those of you with reservations coming up!

blanq
06-16-2007, 07:41 AM
Thanks for the great review of Il Mulino, and for providing the correct pronunciation. I definately think I'll have to try this restaurant. I like the option of the 1/2 portion of pasta to accompany the meal, and the fact their pastas are homemade is a huge draw.

ElizabethB
06-16-2007, 07:54 AM
Webray -- Thank you, thank you for that detailed review. Il Mulino is definitely now on the list of must do's for our trip this fall. Great review!

By the way, was the dessert wine available by the glass or only the bottle? Once I tell DH about the Tuscan dessert wine, I know he'll have to have it! So, if it's only available by the bottle, I'm sure we'll be buying the bottle!

webray
06-16-2007, 07:58 AM
Dessert wines, I believe were only by the bottle. I don't recall seeing any by the glass prices. Also, as I am sure you know..those are little bottles..lol.

Oh..and just so everyone knows...they are not and won't in the future accept any discounts, no DDE, no AAA.

Also..no evening specials yet until chef is totally comfortable getting the regular menu out of the kitchen.

dizfanz
06-16-2007, 08:02 AM
Great review. Most that I have read about Mulino so far have been luke warm. I have this place at the top of my list for the next trip and you just sold me on it. Thanks.

Pumbaa_
06-16-2007, 08:03 AM
An excellant review! You made everything sound so yummy.:thumbsup2

ElizabethB
06-16-2007, 08:33 AM
Thanks, Cheryl. Yes, I don't think it will be hard to finish the bottle! No DDE -- oh well, that won't stop us from going after your great review!

John's Mom
06-16-2007, 10:35 AM
Thanks for the great review!

tinkamom
06-16-2007, 10:46 AM
I wasn't sure about trying Il Mulino but after reading your review I'm definetely going to go there!

Ciciwoowoo
06-16-2007, 10:51 AM
Fabulous review!

How did you survive all the wine, though? I'd be asleep at the table.:rotfl:

(I'm a cheap drunk!)

oybolshoi
06-16-2007, 11:06 AM
Thanks for the great review! We've been going back and forth about trying this restaurant in October and I must say right now I'm very tempted to make an ADR.

Thanks for sharing! :goodvibes

Ang1e
06-16-2007, 11:20 AM
Loved your review. My mouth is watering!

Was the desert wine VinSanto? My parents always bring a bottle of it over from Italy for DH...he can't get enough of it! As with all wines in restaurants it's remarkably cheaper buying it there ;) It's great with little biscotti called Cantuccini....they are really quite hard and have almonds in them....dipping them in the wine makes them yummy and soft :)

The menu looks wonderful. Do you have to book? Was it busy?

Thanks

Epcotgal8
06-16-2007, 11:31 AM
Fantastic review. We will be dining there next month when we stay at the BC. It sounds like we'll need that walk around the lake at the end of the meal. :yay:

TigerKat
06-16-2007, 11:45 AM
I've been on the fence about my Blue Zoo ADR, now you've really got me thinking!:rolleyes:

CamColt
06-16-2007, 12:34 PM
Thanks for the review! It sounds like you had a much better experience there than I did. Your Veal Saltimbocca was the exact opposite from my DH's.

Blue Skies
06-16-2007, 01:40 PM
The DIS Unplugged podcast did a restaurant review for Il Mulino on the 6-12 show.

Kevin and John went there and had quite an interesting experience! :lmao:

I don't think I will be going there anytime soon!:rotfl2:

Blue Skies
06-16-2007, 01:44 PM
The DIS Unplugged podcast did a restaurant review for Il Mulino on the 6-12 show.

Kevin and John went there and had quite an interesting experience! :lmao:

I don't think I will be going there anytime soon!:rotfl2:

CamColt
06-16-2007, 02:18 PM
The DIS Unplugged podcast did a restaurant review for Il Mulino on the 6-12 show.

Kevin and John went there and had quite an interesting experience! :lmao:

I don't think I will be going there anytime soon!:rotfl2:

Their experience was very similar to ours. We felt exactly the same about the food, but our service was a little better.

Leota
06-16-2007, 02:46 PM
Webray, I have been waiting for a review form someone I "know" their tastes & usual dining places. Thank you. I did have drinks & appetizers there in May. We enjoyed everything we had, but didn't go gaga over anything except the Testrossa cocktail. For the pricetag, I was thinking it might be skippable. But, perhaps we'll give it another go.

suzimar57
06-16-2007, 03:58 PM
excellent review - felt like i was there - thanks!

Princess_Michelle
06-16-2007, 06:22 PM
Where is this Il Mulino??? I have never heard of it......... :confused3

Robert P
06-16-2007, 07:48 PM
many thanks for the excellent and detailed review

Ron from Michigan
06-16-2007, 08:25 PM
Thanks for the great review.

Uncleromulus
06-17-2007, 05:39 AM
The excellent review from Webray is by far the best review I've seen of Il Mulino. It does sound like the Saltimbocca was exactly the opposite from what Camcolt got when she ate there. Maybe they realized that THIN veal is how the dish is usually prepared.
Tough to figure Il Mulino--I had planned to go there myself in May, but was unable to make it. Not suprised that they aren't accepting any discounts..
Webray--how were the kids-clothes-crowd factors the nite you went??

Minniespal
06-17-2007, 02:35 PM
Really enjoyed reading your review ~ we are eating here in November, can't wait now.

Minniespal
06-17-2007, 02:40 PM
Excellent:thumbsup2

webray
06-18-2007, 07:48 AM
The menu looks wonderful. Do you have to book? Was it busy?

Thanks


Our dessert wine was Vigna des Papas.

We made a reservation the morning of when we arrived at the Dolphin. The restaurant is quite large, but as the night went on it got busier as people left the parks.

I would make a reservation to be on the safe side, as always, but if you don't have one try the day of.

webray
06-18-2007, 07:49 AM
I've been on the fence about my Blue Zoo ADR, now you've really got me thinking!:rolleyes:

Blue Zoo is also quite good. We have been there many times. I guess it would depend on what type of food you are in the mood for that evening.

webray
06-18-2007, 07:53 AM
Webray, I have been waiting for a review form someone I "know" their tastes & usual dining places. Thank you. I did have drinks & appetizers there in May. We enjoyed everything we had, but didn't go gaga over anything except the Testrossa cocktail. For the pricetag, I was thinking it might be skippable. But, perhaps we'll give it another go.

Thanks Leota...

Yes, I am with you. Paying the higher price tag for Italian food always bothers us a little bit also. But this time..the food/service definately warranted it in our opinion. And I can say..hubby and I are definately hard on new restaurants when we critique them. We will definately say if things are bad.

As far as mixed drinks..it is always hard to try new ones..especially when they don't meet your expectations.

webray
06-18-2007, 07:57 AM
The DIS Unplugged podcast did a restaurant review for Il Mulino on the 6-12 show.

Kevin and John went there and had quite an interesting experience! :lmao:

I don't think I will be going there anytime soon!:rotfl2:

Well, I would hope they would give it a second try, as our server did say the chef is still tweeking the menu to make sure everything is perfect! I do know that Kevin and Johns tastes food wise are very very different from ours.

CamColt
06-18-2007, 07:58 AM
Where is this Il Mulino??? I have never heard of it......... :confused3

Il Mulino is in the Swan, in the spot where Palio was. It has been a open for a few months now.

TigerKat
06-18-2007, 11:45 AM
Blue Zoo is also quite good. We have been there many times. I guess it would depend on what type of food you are in the mood for that evening.

Blue Zoo has been getting pretty bad reviews and lots of folks said the place is empty(not a good sign). That's why we're on the fence with it.:guilty:

D&R love Disney
06-18-2007, 12:49 PM
Great review, I think DH and I will try it on our next alone trip.

jimmalru80
06-18-2007, 01:31 PM
Thanks for a great review.

webray
06-18-2007, 05:59 PM
Where is this Il Mulino??? I have never heard of it......... :confused3

In the Swan Resort, it opened approx 4 months ago

webray
06-18-2007, 06:05 PM
The excellent review from Webray is by far the best review I've seen of Il Mulino. It does sound like the Saltimbocca was exactly the opposite from what Camcolt got when she ate there. Maybe they realized that THIN veal is how the dish is usually prepared.
Tough to figure Il Mulino--I had planned to go there myself in May, but was unable to make it. Not suprised that they aren't accepting any discounts..
Webray--how were the kids-clothes-crowd factors the nite you went??

We had an early reservation...at 5pm..right when the opened. We were the first to arrive. A couple with a youngster..maybe 18months old arrived shortly after. They tried to sit them right beside us, lol, and being we were the only to partys in the restaurant the wife asked if they could have a window seat..no problem..they moved them across the dining room. Their baby was good. Plenty of partys came in with children after that, kids seem to be ages 6-12 at that point. One about six months wanted nothing to do with being there, that was right before we left..daddy got him to sleep.

We had dressed up..resort casual ( I wore a sun dress, hubby wore his caribbean wear). Many people were in nice shorts/shirts or resort casual. Not to over the top, just relaxed and laid back dressing. Which was great, as the weather was hot hot hot and extremely humid that day.

The restaurant was filling up by the time we left..which had to be 7:30 - 8pm. As I said earlier..you are not rushed here. Plenty of time between courses to just digest and enjoy.

The only thing we did notice..they have that whole..fill up a section, pile people on top of people thing going like many restaurants..lol, and most everyone did the same thing..can we go over there please..lol.

Other than that..even though this restaurant would seem to be very noisy when full because it is so large..it felt totally intimate the whole evening. Even hubby commented on that..and he never notices stuff like that.

So, hope you get to try it on your next trip uncle..as we seem to have similar tastes in our dining experiences. I can't wait to hear what you think.

webray
06-18-2007, 06:08 PM
Blue Zoo has been getting pretty bad reviews and lots of folks said the place is empty(not a good sign). That's why we're on the fence with it.:guilty:

Wow, bad reviews at Blue Zoo..really. We were just there a few months ago and it was as fantastic as ever.

TigerKat
06-18-2007, 06:22 PM
Wow, bad reviews at Blue Zoo..really. We were just there a few months ago and it was as fantastic as ever.

That's good to hear!:goodvibes

Sazzo'sMommy
06-21-2007, 08:22 PM
Wonderful review...we may eat there next week, what with your excellent review and all!;)