During our recent 4 night cruise aboard the Disney Dream, I was fortunate enough to experience two dining options at Palo, a super chic, Italian themed restaurant that is adults only. There is an additional fee to dine here ($30 per person, plus drinks), but it is totally worth it.
On our second night, The Hubby and I enjoyed dining here while my mom took our boys to dinner to their “assigned” restaurant. The lighting was dim during the evening, so I didn’t get any good photos, but, you can read more about dining at Palo here.
The Hubby and I arrived a little early and were able to walk around the aft of the ship where both Palo and Remy are located. We took a quick iPhone selfie just after the sun had set.
The food and service were both top notch. Before receiving our antipasti, we were served another antipasti that was wheeled out on a cart and our waiter, Christian from Italy, plated it for us…olives, Italian meats and cheeses….it was the perfect way to start our meal. For the antipasti we ordered, we decided to share the Soft Potato Gnocchi – Tossed in Piennolo Tomato Sauce, garnished with Kale and caramelized Grape Tomatoes along with the Fritto di Calamari e Gamberi – Deep-fried Shrimp and Calamari with Lemon-Garlic Mayonnaise and Marinara drippings. Both were fantastic.
For dinner I chose the Pappardelle con Aragosta – Parppardelle Pasta tossed in Lobster Tarragon Sauce with Leeks, White Truffle Oil, and Grilled Lobster. I was getting so full, I focused mostly on the lobster but the pappardelle was amazing too! The Hubby opted for the Pennelle Pasta – Tossed in a spiced San Marzano Bazil Sauce topped with Garlic Shrimps – it had the perfect amount of spiciness to balance out the flavor.
To round out our meal, we both enjoyed coffee and shared the Limoncello Tart – Served in an Almond Crust, topped with Yogurt Cream and Caramel.
Day 4 on our cruise was our day at sea. My mom treated herself and I to brunch at Palo – it did not disappoint! I definitely took more photos here, but didn’t want to pause too long at the buffet and be one of “those people” taking photos while others are trying to get their food! Again, this was an additional fee ($30 per person) and it included one beverage (e.g. Bubbly, Mimosa, Bloody Mary, Bellini, etc.).
We had one of the first reservations, so I snapped a few photos around the restaurant before it got too busy. We once again had Christian as our server – the top right photo is of him at our table speaking to my mom. We had an amazing view of the ocean with a table right next to the window.
Christian suggested we order two items off of the menu, which we did, then he escorted us to the buffet. Wow – there was a lot of food! An entire table filled with different types of breads and pastries, the next table filled with crab legs (already cross-cut), shrimp cocktail, tuna, sushi, etc. The third was the “Italian” table with olives, marinated artichokes, Italian cheeses, meats – TONS of food! I didn’t grab a photo of the breads and pastries table – it was a little dark and a few people were around me – but here are some photos of the seafood table and the Italian table – I couldn’t capture it all, there was so much!
Out of all of that food – this is what I ended up with….I still had two entrées coming!
The dishes I chose for my “main meal” were the Eggs Florentine and the Rollatini Melanzani (pictured below) – I ate about 1/3 of each, but they were both delicious! My mom chose the Three Cheese Omelet and one of the Flatbreads – half Margarita and half Spicy Italian Sausage. These were both enormous portions and the sausage was definitely spicy!
Last but not least? The dessert table – it was gorgeous!
I was pretty full – but I HAD to try one just a few yummies – especially that cannoli!
This was an extremely enjoyable experience for my mom and I – we don’t get to go to brunch together often, so it was definitely an extra special treat!