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    Disney confirms replacement brand for Italy Pavilion

    Apparently more details have been posted to the CMs about the resturant change in Italy.

    Alfredos will close in Aug as previously known.

    The current resturant will be taken over by the Patina Restaurant Group starting Sept 1... apparently with very little changes, but with change over to a new theme by Fall 2008

    This group operates Naples at DLR

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    Re: Disney confirms replacement brand for Italy Pavilion

    I noticed that headline when I was on allearsnet a moment ago - then groaned to myself. I haven't been to the Italian restaurant there but I hope they keep it the same - has to be better then Naples! Ugh
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    Re: Disney confirms replacement brand for Italy Pavilion

    Patina is a good group, it's chef Joachim Splichal. I've eaten at his flagship restuarant, Patina in L.A., when it was at it's original location on Melrose Avenue, and it was really excellent. But that was then. Times may have changed?

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    Re: Disney confirms replacement brand for Italy Pavilion

    We used to eat at Naples all the time, but haven't for a few years.

    I hope this won't start to be the trend at Epcot, corporate restaurants coming in instead of the original ones that are there now.

    What's next, H Salt in the UK Pavillion?


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    Re: Disney confirms replacement brand for Italy Pavilion

    Quote Originally Posted by sir clinksalot View Post
    What's next, H Salt in the UK Pavillion?
    We were, umm, afraid to tell you...

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    Re: Disney confirms replacement brand for Italy Pavilion

    Mr. Channing... it's 4:25am. Are you like just getting out of bed, or ready to go to bed shortly?? Just wondering.

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    Re: Disney confirms replacement brand for Italy Pavilion

    I get up very early. We have many tasks and experiments to take care of here at the institute.

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    Re: Disney confirms replacement brand for Italy Pavilion

    Quote Originally Posted by sir clinksalot View Post
    We used to eat at Naples all the time, but haven't for a few years.

    I hope this won't start to be the trend at Epcot, corporate restaurants coming in instead of the original ones that are there now.

    What's next, H Salt in the UK Pavillion?
    wasnt alfrados almost corperate..

    they had the original in italy, the one one new york, and were building one in las vegas while closing the one in epcot..

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    Quote Originally Posted by flynnibus View Post
    This group operates Naples at DLR
    Not just Naples. They also own Catal, the Uva Bar and Tortilla Jo's. They also have restaurants in a lot of the cultural complexes like the Hollywood Bowl, the Music Center and several L.A. museums.

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    Re: Disney confirms replacement brand for Italy Pavilion

    So the Patina group is okay, then? Better than Alfredo's?
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    Re: Disney confirms replacement brand for Italy Pavilion

    Quote Originally Posted by sealsm View Post
    So the Patina group is okay, then? Better than Alfredo's?
    We'll just have to wait and see. The thing about resteraunts is that you can have the same menu, different name, but the taste of the food and the quality of the service will often depend upon the staff at the resteraunt. (Chef, Management, Servers, Bus Staff, Etc.) I think we should reserve judgement until we start getting reviews about those two areas.

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    Re: Disney confirms replacement brand for Italy Pavilion

    Quote Originally Posted by cstephens View Post
    Not just Naples. They also own Catal, the Uva Bar and Tortilla Jo's. They also have restaurants in a lot of the cultural complexes like the Hollywood Bowl, the Music Center and several L.A. museums.
    Yep. I always eat their grub at the Bowl and it's great!

    And in addition to the above locales in LA and DD Anaheim, they also have some great locations in Las Vegas. I love the little Bistro in the Venetian (forget its name right now).

    This COULD be an improvement in the long run.

    So long as they don't go the Naples route ... as that is likely the weakest of all their eateries and mediocre at best.

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    Quote Originally Posted by WDW1974 View Post
    And in addition to the above locales in LA and DD Anaheim, they also have some great locations in Las Vegas. I love the little Bistro in the Venetian (forget its name right now).
    Pinot Brasserie. That's my favorite of the Patina Group restaurants that I've been to. Even better than Napa Rose, and that's saying A LOT.

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    Re: Disney confirms replacement brand for Italy Pavilion

    Quote Originally Posted by WDW1974 View Post
    And in addition to the above locales in LA and DD Anaheim, they also have some great locations in Las Vegas. I love the little Bistro in the Venetian (forget its name right now).
    I may hold my special birthday meal at Pinot this year. I'd do Bouchon but I don't get up early enough to travel into the city for breakfast. Heh.

    Pinot or Tableau. Hmmmmm....

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    Re: Disney confirms replacement brand for Italy Pavilion

    Non-Disney Restaurants at Epcot:
    Mexico
    China
    Italy
    Japan
    Morocco
    France

    It has been a trend since day one, if I remember correctly.

    I have never had a great meal at Alfredo's. My food is never hot there and tastes packaged. I hope the new group does a better job.



    Quote Originally Posted by sir clinksalot View Post
    We used to eat at Naples all the time, but haven't for a few years.

    I hope this won't start to be the trend at Epcot, corporate restaurants coming in instead of the original ones that are there now.

    What's next, H Salt in the UK Pavillion?




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