Palo is an experience aboard the Disney Magic
The Disney Cruise Line offers an array of dinning options aboard all 4 ships, but possibly none more decadent than Palo aboard the Disney Magic. Enjoy this adults only restaurant high up on Deck 10 as they sweep your senses into a frenzy with Northern Italian cuisine.
Palo draws its inspiration from Venice, Italy; from the handcrafted Venetian glass décor to the Carnevale masks adorning a beautiful back-lit bar. Palo’s name is even derived from the poles gondoliers use to navigate their way through the Venice canals. The restaurant is soaked in deep reds and gold, highlighted by floor-to-ceiling windows that provide a panoramic ocean view.
Although Palo does require a small extra dinning charge per person, it is well worth experience as you embark on an exquisite culinary journey. The dinner begins with bread, sparkling water, and with an antipasti platter of Italian cheeses, cured meats, artichoke hearts, and roasted garlic. The servers at Palo are highly trained in authentic Italian culinary fare, and a sommelier is available to answer any and all questions about wine.
The menu is arranged in typical Italian fashion: antipasti (appetizers), la pasta (pasta), il pesce (fish), and la carne (meat). On our visit, dinner options include Chianti Braised Beef Ravioli “en bordo”, Wild Mushroom Risotto, Grilled Sea Scallops with Borlotti Beans and Pancetta, and Oregano and Parmesan Crusted Rack of Lamb.
If you’re to order one dish though, prepare yourself (mentally and physically), and try the Osso Buco. The slow-roasted center cut Veal Shank is served with gremolata, atop a creamy Risotto Milanese. Fair warning: it’s so rich, so downright delicious; it may ruin you for other food.
Once you’ve had a chance to digest, settle in for dessert. If you’re about to burst, try something light, like the panna cotta. If you’re in it for the long haul, order the chocolate soufflé, served with vanilla bean and chocolate sauce and a delicate scoop of vanilla gelato. The soufflé only seems, in its small ramekin, a manageable dessert…one bite will show you otherwise. According to the crew, the chocolate soufflé is one of the most beloved items on the Palo menu.
Palo is a perfect getaway if you are traveling as a couple or as a family. Remember, the Disney Magic offers many different options for you to have a romantic night away from the kids. Palo would be just the place to take advantage of your time alone!
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