Disney Adds New Menu Items at Palo

The signature adults-only restaurant aboard each Disney Cruise Line ship – Palo – is receiving some menu changes that are sure to tantalize your taste buds.  The new selections revisit the Italian roots of the restaurant, with authentic ingredients, age-old techniques, and regional recipes.

New Wine Pairing Menu

The cruise line’s Esperienza del Vino wine pairing menu features six courses, each paired with a glass of wine or spirit.  The menu features new dishes for a fresh take on the wine pairing experience.  The evening begins with sliced cured pork neck on fava beans with pecorino cheese and micro celery.  Paired is a Venetian Bellini made with sparkling Prosecco, white peaches, and a touch of raspberry.

After that, four courses follow, including gnocchi with nutty cep mushroom sauce, sea bass with spinach and buckwheat, and more.  The finale of the savory dishes is beef striploin aged for 25 days, seared and roasted with rosemary and served with dressed arugula.

Samples from some of Italy’s finest vineyards highlight each course, and include Bellavista Franciacorta Cuvee Brut, a rich blend of 30 wines; La Scolca Gavi dei Gavi Black Label, crisp and acidic with a hint of lime and almond, and more.

mascarpone mousse
mascarpone mousse

The wine pairing experience finishes off with creamy mascarpone mousse in a white chocolate dome served atom rhubarb and grappa sponge cake in a bed of sweet consommé jelly.  The dish is garnished with a fruity and floral touch.

New Dinner Selections

The newest version of Palo’s menu celebrates the world-renowned food of Italy.  A stand-out addition is a whole roasted chicken, intended for two to share.  It’s marinated for a whole day in lemon, rosemary, and sea salt, and served with roasted baby vegetables, potatoes and asparagus, and topped with a Barolo wine reduction.

roasted chicken
roasted chicken

For seafood lovers, there’s a piquant Dover sole which is filleted table side and served with capers, anchovies, sun dried tomatoes, and thyme potatoes.  Classic sea scallops are given new life with a Prosecco and black truffle reduction.  And, returning to the menu with a new twist is seared ahi tuna steak, prepared with blanched green beans, roasted potatoes, and peppered quail eggs.

Palo’s specialty is exquisite desserts, and the enhanced menu includes a variety of tempting offerings.  These include creamy, light tiramisu and a limoncello tart.  One thing that hasn’t changed is the restaurant’s signature Palo chocolate soufflé; made to order and served piping hot with vanilla bean and chocolate sauces, plus a scoop of ice cream.

Palo requires reservations and they can be booked online or onboard.  Dinner is $30 per person, plus the cost of alcoholic beverages, and the wine pairing experience is an additional $59 per person.

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Photos courtesy of Disney Cruise Line.

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