Four Seasons Resort Orlando at Walt Disney World is in full preparation mode for its August opening and has just introduced its Executive Chef as well as several dining concepts. Chef Fabrizio Schenardi has joined the resort’s opening team and will oversee the culinary operations for the five on-property restaurants as well as in-room dining and catering culinary operations. 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. He is from Rivoli, Italy, and speaks English, Italian, French and Spanish. He received his Culinary Arts Diploma from the Instituto Alberghiero Ravizza in Torino, Italy and specializes in Italian and Mediterranean cuisine.
What kind of dining will Four Seasons Orlando at Walt Disney World and Chef Schenardi bring guests? Five concepts covering everything from a world-class steakhouse to family-style Italian have been announced.
The resort’s dining crown jewel will be the 17th-floor rooftop steakhouse and bar, Capa, featuring Spanish influenced cuisine in a romantic setting. Capa’s diverse offerings will range from freshly shucked oysters and Florida seafood to incredible small plates and expertly grilled cuts. An open kitchen and wood-burning grill will allow diners to get close to the action, while those dining on the outdoor terrace will enjoy views of the nightly fireworks at Walt Disney World. Spanish for a matador’s red cape, Capa will feature an interior of black and white with bold crimson accents. An abstract painting conveying the movement of dust as it rises during the matador’s performance will hang near the bar and six traditional matador jackets will flank the entrance to the private dining room while a flowing red art installation travels across the ceiling. Capa, serving dinner only, will open in September 2014.
Named for the Italian seaside town situated above the Amalfi coast, modern Italian cuisine will be the specialty at Ravello, the all-day dining restaurant at Four Seasons Orlando. Breakfast offerings will include an omelet station and traditional breakfast favorites while dinner will feature 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. Reservations for both Ravello and Capa will be available in the Walt Disney World Dining system, with booking going live some time in July, about a month before the August opening.
Whether taking a break from hitting the links or seeking a serene retreat guests who discover Plancha will delight in its fresh, boldly flavored Cuban-American cuisine. Located at the Golf Clubhouse, Plancha – Cuban for grill – offers a picturesque lakeside setting. Signature dishes such as the Cubana sandwich, empanadas and chorizo burger feature authentic tastes 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 will provide delicious quick bites throughout the day. Café lattes and breakfast pastries, savory quick bites, gelato, and more will be offered at the colorful dining venue.
The Pool Bar and Grill will feature a lively, fun and casual atmosphere with premium American barbecue dishes, fresh salads, frozen cocktails and mocktails, and extensive kids’ and teens’ menus with lots of healthy options. This smokehouse and rotisserie will serve up pulled pork, rotisserie chicken, smoked brisket and house-made hot dogs and burgers with plenty of Southern charm. Brightly painted picnic tables, teak floorboards, and whimsical lighting elements such as lanterns and stringed lights will give the space a fun vibe.
Stay tuned to the Touring Plans Blog for updates on Four Seasons Resort Orlando at Walt Disney World!