One of Walt Disney World’s newest and greatest resort hotels, the Riviera Resort offers some great dining options. In addition to being located on the ‘Skyliner’ route, the resort offers great amenities. On our most recent trip, we enjoyed some new menu items at the Bar Riva lounge. At the time I enjoyed them, they weren’t officially on the menu yet. However, you can ask for mushroom arancini, burrata salad and new salmon with orzo by name. If your servers are as nice and skilled as Maisley, I’m sure they’ll take care of you, and the Disney Parks Blog officially unveiled this new item on his October 11th. So the opportunity to enjoy this has easily increased.
Speaking of mushroom arancini, I ordered this new appetizer during a recent visit. More importantly, I also ordered a cola zero sugar here that day. This place offers free refills with your meal, so keep that in mind on your budget. When I went to Chef Art Smith’s Homecoming earlier in the day, I got the sad news that Hurricane Ian delayed the supply of Coke Zero Sugar, so this soft drink tasted a little better. But if you don’t like paper straws, here are some.
Back to the food, if you order the mushroom arancini, you will receive 5 of these mushroom risotto balls. These come with a container for dipping marinara with a touch of Parmesan.Bar Riva’s chef makes arancini from mushrooms (or courses), chicken stock, and risotto. These cost $12.99. A little small, but these are shareable.
So what did this taste like? They were very well prepared. The arancini provided an overall good flavor and all the ingredients came out when you tasted this. They had a hard time staying together when you ate it. Of course, given the nature of risotto, this is not surprising.
I expected a little more flavor. Still, they’re designed to balance out high-quality marinara. Personally, I prefer the inside to be crispy rather than crispy on the outside. But that seems unreal.
Bar Riva continues to be the Riviera Resort’s premier lounge. Accompanied by a burrata salad, it is a perfect accompaniment to this menu. As always, eat like you mean it!
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