The inviting aromas and the savory tastes of Italian herbs and spices are calling. Throw in a side of relaxing waterfront vistas and a covered patio bar, some cozy interior dining rooms that radiate out from a central kitchen designed to feel like home and voila, one Terralina Crafted Italian restaurant coming up.
Inspired by Northern Italy’s Lake District and featuring a menu curated by James Beard Award-winning chef Tony Mantuano, Terralina Crafted Italian opened on June 28 to replace what was the Portobello Country Italian Trattoria. The trattoria had been closed since last April, leaving an Italian food sized void in the Disney Springs culinary scene.
“Tony Mantuano is internationally respected for his role in defining true Italian cuisine,” according to a release from Terralina’s parent company, Levy Restaurants — which also lists the neighboring Paddlefish restaurant among it’s offerings. “Now guests can gather around the bar or watch from their nearby tables as chefs fire up classic pizzas like Margherita and Funghi in the wood-burning oven and grill fresh vegetables and seafood dishes like Swordfish Peperonatta.”
The name “Terralina” translates into “Little Earth,” and was inspired by both the restaurant’s physical location as well as the story of Disney Springs as a gathering place that celebrates all that life has to offer. The actual location was designed by a stone cutter and his wife to replicate the feeling of their stone cut home.
“Our restaurant was designed to be a place to welcome and entertain guests and a place to gather around the table to celebrate the best Italian memories,” said Andy Lansing, president and CEO of Levy Restaurants. “We are excited to bring an authentic Italian dining experience to Disney Springs and we look forward to sharing a piece of the Italian culture to vacationers and Florida locals.”
The culinary world may know Mantuano for his role as chef and partner at Spiaggia, a four-star Italian restaurant in Chicago, but Terralina’s executive chef, Justin Plank, has ties closer to Central Florida. Plank grew up in Winter Park and graduated at the top of his class from the Florida Culinary Institute. From 2002 to 2007, he ran Park Plaza Gardens in Winter Park, and more recently spent time preparing meals at an independent living community in Leesburg to be closer to family.
According to the release, “Mantuano and Plank have developed a menu that will showcase authentic Italian flavors that are both familiar and new. From signature dishes like Housemade Lasagna and Chicken Parmesan to specialty creations like Housemade Porchetta and Capellini with Crab.”
Located in The Landing area of Disney Springs between Paddlefish and the Boathouse, Terralina Crafted Italian serves lunch and dinner, and is also available for group dining and events, including interactive cooking classes.
A new veranda alongside the restaurant offers views overlooking Lake Buena Vista.
Cocktail offerings range from the classic Negroni to the specialty pitcher of Crafted Lemonade — made with lavender rosemary vodka, homemade orange blossom lemonade and celery bitters. A global and Italian wine list is also available for those who prefer sharing a bottle or glass of wine.
“Italian culture values slowing down to enjoy the simple things in life that really matter,” Matuano said, “like sharing a great meal with family and friends.”