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Getting dining reservations at Walt Disney World should be considered an Olympic sport. When I saw an opportunity for dinner for 2 at Topolino's Terrace at the brand new Riviera Hotel I jumped on it!
My sister in law, Renee, and I enjoyed a spectacular sunset dinner while our husbands and her kids entertained themselves at Disney Springs. Topolino's Terrace was hands down the very best Disney meal I've ever had. It's French and Italian cuisine and Topolino means little mouse in Italian, a nod to Mickey himself.
My only regret is that I didn't save room for dessert!
Cocktails and wine
We began our girls' date with cocktails and wine.
I ordered a glass of Italian red wine however, our waiter was spectacular and encouraged me to try a few red varieties before deciding on my glass.
Bread and oil
We began with the coolest oil dish I've ever seen. The little R's for the Riviera hotel projected onto the plate and our waiter poured the olive oil from as high as he could reach!
Epi is bread made to look like wheat stalks.
This fresh ricotta cheese with tomato, aged balsamic, cracked pepper, and basil was exquisite. I tried my best not to fill up totally on bread and cheese before dinner!
This was the very best part of our meal: gnocchi with pesto bianco, garden kale, and pine nuts. (This dish is typically made with duck confit, I asked for it to be made without it.)
This homemade pasta was exceptionally flavorful and so, so perfectly soft in texture.
After dinner we visited with my cousins at their hotel. I told my young Goddaughter specifically to feed me this when I'm an old woman and I've lost my teeth and the ability to chew. It's perfection.
Seafood - the sole
Our waiter strongly recommended the sole meunière for my dinner. I'd previously read online that this was the best thing someone had ever eaten in their life!
It's made with sea beans, capers, lemon, and petite potatoes. Those things are all stuffed inside the fish. It was perfect. The fish was flaky, slightly crisp on the edges, and tasted delicate, lemony, and buttery. The sea beans are salty, fresh, and crunchy. The starchy potatoes were a perfect contrast to the delicate fish.
I took half of this home in a doggy bag and ate it, cold while laying in bed the next night. Still perfect.
Meat - the filet
Renee ordered the filet mignon with truffled mashed potatoes, charred torpedo onion, forest mushroom puree, and vinaigrette.
That little upright stick is the pureed mushrooms! Renee raved about that and she excitedly took home a few last bites of steak.
Sunset is absolutely the time to dine at Topolino's! The views and terrace were stunning.
The inside of the restaurant is slightly less beautiful. Did they create the lighting to look like pasta noodles? It feels a little like a dark-steakhouse vibe to me.
Again I'll say this was the best Disney dining experience I've ever had! Good luck getting a reservation.
Catch more of the view from Topolino's and this Disney trip via the Inside the Disney Bubble video here.
Hello, I'm Angela.
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