Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Boardwalk Pizza & Pasta

This is one of the two new restaurants to open in the Paradise Pier area of Disney's California Adventure. This is in the restaurant that used to house Pizza Oom Mow Mow.

As you can see, the decor has changed significantly from the surfer beach hut to more of a classic beach boardwalk feel. They have separated the restaurant into three areas, pizza in the middle,

pasta on the right side,
and salad on the left side.

Let's start with the pizza.
The pizza they served at this location before was that horrid stuff they serve at Red Rockett's Pizza Port in Tomorrowland. I always say it is hand's down the worst food in Disneyland and Pizza Oom Mow Mow was the worst food in DCA. I was interested to see if they had made any changes other than to the decor.
As you can see, just glancing at the pizza it looks much better! This is the portabello mushroom and spinach pizza with ricotta, artichokes and romano cheese.
Looks good doesn't it? This pizza is $8.99
These are the cheese pizzas, and the pepperoni pizzas looked exactly the same
but with pepperoni on them.
They are $8.49 for the pepperoni and $7.99 for the cheese.

I don't know what is wrong with me here, but I somehow managed not to get a picture of the BBQ chicken pizza, which is the one we got. It has BBQ sauce, chicken, bacon, red onion, cilantro, mozarella and smoke gouda. And it was good! I like the thin crispy crust on pizza. Kind of Boston style pizza. I'm not a fan of the thick breaded pizza. This pizza was good enough that we think it is as good as CPK's BBQ Chicken pizza, and that is CPK's claim to fame pizza.
This pizza costs $8.99
For dessert we opted for this fruit pizza, which is actually more like a fruit and cream cheese danish. They warm it up in a little pizza cooker thing for you. It was tasty.
Mr. Diva said he would definitely get one again.

Moving on to the pasta. The true test of Disney cuisine for me. I have yet to have a really good pasta at DLR, except for the chicken alfredo at the Plaza Inn in Disneyland. They had three pasta choices and they were warmed on the spot and didn't sit long at all.
We decided to split the Cheese Raviolis in pesto sauce with pine nuts. Sadly, it was just mediocre. I would not get it again. If they would let me, I might try the raviolis in their tomato cream sauce and see if I liked it better, but their pesto had pepper flakes in it and it was hot and just not really good. I finished my half, but Mr. Diva only managed one ravioli.
This dish is $9.49
I almost got the chicken and campanelle in sundried tomato cream sauce, but opted for the raviolis instead. I may try this next time to see how it compares to the Plaza's Chicken Alfredo. This dish is $9.49

Of course, you can't have pasta without spaghetti and meatballs. This is Mr. Diva's favorite meal and he orders it every time we eat Italian, so I didn't even consider it. This dish is $9.49.
Children's pizza and spagetti are available.

On to the salad station. I hate salad. I only eat lettuce or greens, carrots and celery dry with no dressing at all. I pick off tomatoes, cucumbers, etc, so this station held little interest for me, but I sacrificed and took some pictures for the salad lovers out there. (*yucky shiver*)
Not being a salad aficionado, I'm just guessing here, but I think this is the Boardwalk Field Greens - with tomatoes, blue cheese, cucumbers, craisins, pecans, raisins and a basil vinaigrette. This salad costs $7.49.
This one must be the Italian Chef Salad - salami, capocollo, ham, provolone, mozzarella, pepperoncini, red peppers, olives, cucumbers, tomatoes, lettuce and red wine vinaigrette.
This salad is $8.49

They didn't have any of the Chicken Caesar made when I walked by but it is $8.49.

There is a self- serve drink bar, also a section with bottled water, milk, and juice drinks.
Warning though, the drinks are not free refills!

As you get ready to check out there are refrigerated stations with espresso brownies
and lemoncello cheesecakes for $3.29. Yum!
But we already had our fruit pizza, so we will have to try them next time.

As you can see at the check out stand, above the desserts are some small green salads
(more my style). I didn't see how much they were. We thought that for a light lunch sometime, we might split a pizza and each get a side salad (and a lemoncello cheesecake!)

When you exit the restaurant, they have made a really nice outdoor eating space.
There are lots of tables and chairs next to the restaurant, but there is a lovely plaza with covered eating areas that had overhead fans, as well as some chairs out under the trees and greenery.
They have even added a bandstand and had some live music playing on and off all afternoon.
It was great to have a nice eating area along the back of Paradise Pier.
It was so hot and sunny over there before.

All in all, Mr. Diva and I really liked the BBQ Chicken pizza and the fruit pizza. We are the type to eat only at the places we know we like, so it was nice to find another restaurant in DCA that we would frequent. And next time -- I'm all over that Lemoncello Cheesecake!!!


rick said...

Very cool Mrs. Diva!!! I enjoy seeing the Disney insights in your blog :)

Susan Stringfellow said...

ok I have to go find something to eat because I am drooling here! What a great menu - well its a great menu for me YUM!!!