On Monday, February 5th, the Patina Restaurant Group again held an event for annual passholders in their three downtown Disney restaurants: Catal, Naples, and Tortilla Jo's, from 5-8pm.
Last year was the first time we became passholders, and with our new passes, we attended the event in April, 2006. At the time, the manager of Tortilla Jo's told us that they intended to hold the events every six months, and then made us wait ten months to see if they were indeed going to hold another event. Last year we hit Tortilla Jo's first, then Catal, and then Naples, and after seeing how crowded Catal was, and how it seemed they had run out of almost every type of food, we decided to start there first.
When we got there at 5:20 p.m., the line to check in was already very lengthy, and they had run out of a beef dish everyone said was delicious, and also ran out of churros. I noticed that instead of having the event on the West side of the restaurant, they had a more orderly system of having people check in, and line up for food, on the East side, which would deposit people on the outdoor dining deck, and made it more difficult for people to cut in and grab additional portions of the food. They also didn't seem to have a list of names this year, but instead were checking annual passes, collecting money, and giving out wristbands, which could be used at each location. Instead of making it "all you can drink", they had drink tickets, one for each location. Still a great deal for $10.00.
Catal had a compressed salad that was delicious, mixed olives that normally appear as rather expensive appetizer on their menu, and Paella that was delicious, with big chunks of chicken breast, saffron and tomato rice, and steamed mussels, which mixed Valencian style and Catalan style paella that only purists would even care about. Gone were the delicious prosciutto wrapped jumbo shrimp from last year.
Here's the plate from Catal:
And here's the Sangria at Catal:
The Sangria was delicious. We ran into Darkbeer, Deogee's Mom, and Judimouse there, and also Mcow1 and Mary Read at this location.
Next it was onto Tortilla Jo's. I have had horrible service at this restaurant, but last year it was the hit of the event for us, with the taco bar with fajita beef and chicken, live mariachi music, and a very talented balloon animal artist for the kids. Compared to Catal, Tortilla Jo's has much more room to spread out, and the atmosphere was more relaxed. I ran into Sadako at this location.
The food was sweet corn tamales (great presentation, but not very satisfying), chicken wings and legs, and flautas. Chips and salsa, and brownie bites, were also available. Here's the plate:
And they had delicious, and very STRONG, margaritas available for your drink ticket:
After that, I stumbled to Naples. After the basic pizza and tortellini of last year, I wasn't expecting much, but this was also a hit. In addition to Pizzas, they had bacon wrapped scallops, and stuffed mushrooms, which were delicious, and a selection of four types of desserts, including a delicious tiramisu. They also had white wine as the drink selection. Here's my plate:
Perhaps just enjoying the atmosphere, maybe a little tipsy, we hung out at Naples for a while. I love the view, fountain in their outside patio, and the lighting inside and out:
The wife and tadpole seemed to enjoy it also:
Walking back afterwards, I took a picture of the Uva Bar:
Saw the display in Illuminations (note that Darkbeers photo rules thread states that you can't take pictures in Illuminations -- luckily, I was standing outside their doors) :
Saw some of the always unique stuff for sale in Studio 56:
And the exterior of the Rainforest Cafe: