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Old 06-12-2013, 06:45 AM   #16
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Originally Posted by Uncleromulus View Post
Don't let a few bad reviews (or "ordinary" reviews like mine) keep you from trying a place.
EVERY restaurant at WDW has people who don't really care for it--and people who think it's great.

The only way you will know is to try it!!!
This is great advice. Everyone has restaurants that they don't like but others rave about. We really don't like 50's Prime Time, for other people, it's a favourite.

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Old 06-13-2013, 08:14 AM   #17
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Thanks everyone! In all of our visits, I can't really think of a "bad" meal that we've had. There have been a few slight disappointments, but that's honestly to be expected. Portobello will stay on my list! Thanks!!
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Old 06-13-2013, 09:01 AM   #18
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I was soooooo happy to see this post because I love love love Portobello. Now I have only been there once but my group of 7 all had an amazing experience. We were there on Dec 29th 2012 after coming off of a cruise (non-Disney) that had terrible food so we were thrilled to have such a great meal.
The chocolate Paradise cake is to die for.
The only reason we tried this restaurant was because it was added as a 1 credit option on the DDP - so exciting!
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Old 06-26-2013, 09:58 AM   #19
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Did not have good experience at portobello a few weeks back. Bland food, shrimp tasted frozen, arugula sale awful.
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Old 06-26-2013, 11:38 AM   #20
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This is by far the best Italian food at Disney.
However if you order Pizza -- (they always have a coupon for like 5 or 8 for a flatbread and a soda)-- then you will get just that an ok Pizza at best.
if you are willing to explore differnt things on the menu you will find great food.
Il Mulino is different offering the more traditional red sauce based dishes.
I would choose Portabollo over Il Mulino anyday.
I am form NY you can trust me Il Mulino is by far not on a top to go to list here.
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Old 08-14-2013, 12:31 AM   #21
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I LOVE Portobello!

The service was top notch and the food was extremely delicious. We ended up eating there twice in our 6 day stay last week and were so impressed, we changed our whole wedding around to have our reception dinner there.
Meatballs were huge and full of flavor. the four cheese pizza was out of this world! Lake Meadows chicken was the best chicken ive had anywhere in a very long time. Make sure you save room for dessert. the pichaccio and Nutella gelato was soooooo good and the "beerimasu" was the best dessert ive ever had!!!

Can't say enough amazing things about this place. a true hidden gem!!
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Our Ratings of Portobello: (4/21/2013)
. . . food price value: C
. . . food quality: B
. . . food quantity per serving: C
. . . food prep speed: B
. . . food selection: B
. . . seating quantity: C
. . . seating comfort: C
. . . eatery atmosphere: C
. . . eatery convenience: B
. . . staff friendliness: B
. . . staff attentiveness: B
. . . character interaction: n/a

NOTE: Portobello is owned by the Levy Group, along with
Fulton's and Wolfgang Puck's at Disney. The Italian is
surprisingly well above average for a WDW eatery. Good
variety of pasta, and a good choice of seafood and beef.
I would skip the Chicken and the Osso Buco. Like most of
the Levy eateries, they are a little over priced for the
quantity and quality. BUT, the menu items are changing
due to DDP. I recommend getting there before the DDP
does more damage like other used-to-great eateries.
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Old 08-14-2013, 06:15 AM   #23
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I was not impressed when I went there in March (you can see my review in my signature)

That said, I live in a town with many many well done italian options. (I think I could eat at a different italian place one a week for a couple years!)

The food seemed bland & our service was off.
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Old 08-14-2013, 07:20 AM   #24
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We love it here but are sad about the menu changes caused by the ddp. Anyway, the food and service are excellent. We love eating outside by the water too!
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Old 08-14-2013, 08:02 AM   #25
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We tried it two years ago for the first time, and can safely say that we won't be back anytime soon. The food was bland (Chef Boy R Dee has more flavor), and the menu had no dishes (beyond pizza) that were baked. No parms, no lasagna, basically pasta city. Seating was beyond tight, with tables right on top of each other. And the service was severely lacking (no drink refills, long delays, etc...).
While I see that opinions vary, I am hopeful that we caught it on an off night. Having just tried Mama Melrose this year (for the Fantasmic package), I can safely say that it's still ahead of Mama Melrose, but paled in comparison to both Via Napoli and Il Mulino.
There are too many other options at DTD to make us rush back here in the near future.
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