Lunch at Portobello

It’s been a couple of years since my last visit to Portobello. With the refurbishment of the Downtown Disney area, it’s even been a bit under wraps thanks to construction walls. Walls are starting to come down, however, so I decided to stop in for a quick lunch. Prior to ordering, I was brought a few pieces of their Rosemary Focaccia.

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The bread was nice and soft, and the Roasted Garlic is was served with added a bit more depth. While the color wasn’t as developed from roasting as the last visit, it still was mellow and spread onto the bread well. I even used a bit of it and the olive oil for the crust of my entrée.

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Which, of course, leads us to the entrée. 🙂 I had yet to order one of their pizzas that are cooked in a wood burning oven. While several of the options sound delicious, I knew I’d be bringing some home for Matt, so I went with something I thought he would enjoy as well. I ordered the Italian Sausage, which features Shaved Red Onion, Mozzarella, and Tomato Sauce.

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The toppings were mostly centered on the pie, leaving the edges primarily cheese (which was plentiful). The sausage was mild, but seasoned well. The onions were slightly rendered, but still provided a bit of crunch.

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Some more browning on the bottom of the crust would have been nice, but it held up to the toppings well, nonetheless. The portion size as a meal would be fine for one adult, though it could be split as an appetizer between two or maybe three.

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And the menu:

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Overall, this meal was the best I’ve had at Portobello, in both terms of food and experience. I sat at the bar, and the bartender didn’t try to push booze on me like last time (hey, I don’t always have a beer in my hand 😉 ). I also thought the execution of the food was better compared to the awkward sandwiches we had on another visit (I mean, it’s pizza, after all). Though a bit on the pricier side for lunch – well, maybe not with some of the new high-end options opening up, such as The BOATHOUSE, Morimoto, and STK – I thought it was money well spent.

Have you dined at Portobello? Do you have a menu favorite?

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3 responses to “Lunch at Portobello

  1. I’m not one to pass on butter, but I LOVE it when restaurants offer roasted garlic instead!

  2. I had dinner there, twice I believe, many years ago. The one item I remember having was the Gnocchi, which was really tasty!

  3. Jenn – I love butter too, but roasted garlic and olive oil is an appreciated alternative, especially with focaccia! 🙂

    Ricardo – Their gnocchi does sound good!