(Note: This review is for the restaurant Palo on the Disney Magic although a Palo is also located on Disney Cruise Line’s other three ships as well.)
Dining at Palo, the adults only restaurant on the Disney Magic, was one of the things I looked forward to the most on our cruise. Our meal at Remy, Disney cruise line’s other adults only restaurant, was one of the most phenomenal meals I had ever had and I was anxious to see how Palo would match up. Whereas Remy offers a deluxe French themed meal, Palo, as its name suggests, is Italian and was equally worthy if slightly different.
Just as with Remy, there is an additional charge for dining at Palo although it was considerably cheaper than Remy, only $25 per person compared to $75 at Remy. (Note: Remy and Palo are the only two restaurants on the Disney cruise ships that charge extra for dining there, otherwise all food and meals are included.) But to spend only $50 for an exquisite dinner was well worth it and you would be foolish not to partake.
Our reservation was for 6:30 PM and unfortunately with the time of year it was (mid-February), we arrived at the restaurant just as the sun had set so there weren’t any incredible sunset photos awaiting us. But in the summer months, with all tables offering spectacular views of the open water, Palo would be an incredible place to watch the sun go down. But as our waiter noted, he did give us a table with a prime view of the stunning moon.
One of the things I like most about dining at Disney cruise’s adults only restaurants is that waiter service is not only “individualized” but also feels intimate and special. I’ll be writing more on this in my coming all-around food post but on this Disney cruise sailing, I didn’t find our rotational servers in the main restaurants to really be that personable with us. Laszlo, our server at Palo, was from Hungary and was just the epitome of everything that fine dining should be in terms of service. Each server at Palo also only has two tables which definitely allows for a more intimate dining experience (Laszlo’s second table actually wasn’t occupied until we were on the dessert course).
The $25 fee at Palo includes the following: antipasti selections that the table splits, an individual appetizer, entree selection, and individual desserts. Alcohol is extra although for $59 you can have wine pairings with your entire meal.
Excluding the olives which I am not a fan of at any time, the antipasti selection was varied and extensive. Each waiter has his own antipasti cart which allows him to make a plate for the table to share. On ours he dispensed the above mentioned olives, sweet peppers, artichokes, Bresaola, proscuitto, and Parmesan cheese which was then mixed with aged balsamic vinegar and infused oils. I enjoyed this course as it allowed us to continually nibble on the selections throughout the meal.
Bread selections were also plentiful and delicious-bruschetta, garlic sticks, and something that tasted like a seasoned cracker but was obviously of the bread variety.
For my appetizer I selected Tuscan White Bean Soup with Proscuitto and Parmesan Cheese that was garnished with shredded cabbage and radishes. It was rich but since there are multiple courses at Palo, the serving wasn’t overly large. I love any pureed soups.
D went with the Mozzarella and Plum Tomatoes which is otherwise known as Caprese Salad.
For my entree I had a hard time choosing, debating between the scallops and the ravioli, but Laszlo was gracious enough to say that I could have the scallops along with a “side” of the raviolis. So I got to have both the Grilled Sea Scallops with Borlotti Beans and Pancetta AND Chianti Braised Beef Ravioli tossed in a rich Red-Wine Reduction with oven-roasted carrots and celery. It was the best of both worlds.
For something different, D selected the Penne Arribbiata that featured a spicy fresh Tomato and Basil Sauce and was topped with grilled shrimp. They were seriously the biggest shrimp I had ever seen.
The signature dessert at Palo is its chocolate souflee and since it requires extra time to bake, Laszlo asked that if were planning on ordering it to let him know (we did this prior to even receiving our entrees). D went with this and it did smell sublime. Poured on top was vanilla bean and chocolate sauce.
For my dolci selection, I chose something totally different but am glad I ordered it all the same-Zabaligione with Sangiovese and Infused Berries-made with Marsala wine and biscotti chips. While I know I would have adored the tiramisu or amaretto indulgence, it felt good after eating such a large meal to consume a much lighter dessert.
As was the case with Remy, the chef came around to each table to ask how the meal was so I got to take a great photo of D with him, who was naturally Italiano.
Although you can’t go wrong with any of Disney cruise’s main restaurants, a meal like the one you’ll get at Palo is totally worth the extra money and for those with children, the lovely meal means you’ll get away from your kids (as well as the dozens of others).
More in this series!
First travels of 2014
Disney Cruise Review-Magic (Part 1)
Disney Cruise Review-Magic (Part 2)
Disney Cruise Review-Magic (Part 3)
Attraction Review-Stingray Adventure at Castaway Cay
Disney Cruise Review-Magic (Part 4)
Disney Cruise Review-Magic (Part 5)