When Four Seasons Resort Orlando at Walt Disney World opens Aug. 3, 2014, they’ll offer a variety of dining concepts, available to both resort guests and those just visiting to dine. From a rooftop steakhouse concept to a lakeside Southern rotisserie grill and an Italian pizza and pasta family style restaurant, there is something for everyone.
Fabrizio Schenardi has been made the executive chef. He says, “I’m excited to return to the Central Florida area and bring some new, innovative cuisine options to Orlando.” Schenardi lived in the Tampa area before joining Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts in 2010 as Executive Chef for Four Seasons Hotel St. Louis. “The Resort will have so many options, so there’s going to be something for everyone to love.”
Schenardi has worked for the Pelagia Trattoria at Tampa Hotel International Plaza; the St. Regis Monarch Beach Resort and Spa in Dana Point, California; Beverly Wilshire, A Four Seasons Hotel, in Los Angeles, California; and numerous other fine properties around the world.
The highlight of the resort will be Capa, the 17th-floor rooftop steakhouse and bar, featuring Spanish influenced cuisine in a romantic setting. Capa’s diverse offerings range from freshly shucked oysters and Florida seafood to small plates and grilled cuts. An open kitchen and wood-burning grill allow diners to get close to the action, while those dining on the outdoor terrace enjoy views of the nightly fireworks. Capa, Spanish for a matador’s red cape, is decorated in black and white with bold hues of crimson accenting the space. An abstract painting conveying the movement of dust as it rises during the matador’s performance appears near the bar. Six traditional matador jackets flank the entrance to the private dining room, and a flowing red art installation travels across the ceiling, representing the flow of the matador’s cape. Capa, serving dinner only, will open in September 2014.
Named for the Italian seaside town situated above the Amalfi coast, modern Italian cuisine is the specialty at Ravello, an all-day dining restaurant. Breakfast offerings include an omelet station and traditional breakfast favorites. Dinner offers fresh pizza and bread from the wood-burning oven, regionally influenced Italian specialties, and the open kitchen’s pasta bar. Ravello will offer a “Goofy & Pals” Disney Character Breakfast on Thursdays and Saturdays, and select Tuesdays during peak school break periods.
Located at the Golf Clubhouse, Plancha – Cuban for grill – will offer Cuban-American cuisine in a lakeside setting. Signature dishes such as the Cubana sandwich, empanadas and chorizo burger offer an authentic taste of Cuba, and vibrant cocktails from the Mojito to the Hemingway Daiquiri are sure to please. Plancha will open in September 2014.
For guests on the go, Lickety-Split provides quick bites throughout the day. Café lattes and breakfast pastries, savoury quick bites, gelato and more will be offered at the colorful spot.
Premium American barbecue dishes, fresh salads, frozen cocktails and mocktails, an extensive kids’ and teens’ menu with lots of healthy options: the Pool Bar & Grill offers a lively, casual atmosphere. This smokehouse and rotisserie serves up pulled pork, rotisserie chicken, smoked brisket and house-made hot dogs and burgers with Southern charm. Brightly painted picnic tables, teak floorboards, and whimsical lighting elements such as lanterns and stringed lights give the space a fun vibe.
The Four Seasons Resort Orlando at Walt Disney World is now accepting reservations. Visit their website at fourseasons.com/orlando.