*This dining experience took place in December 2014.
It’s hard to believe that Kouzzina, one of my favorite spots for breakfast has shuttered its doors. In it’s place is now the recently opened Trattoria al Forno. Located in the same restaurant space as Kouzzina, the look and feel of the restaurant hasn’t changed drastically, despite the complete menu overhaul and theming changes.
Trattoria al Forno’s menu is Italian based – with loads of standard menu items like Lasagne and pizza. If you dine for dinner, you’ll find that the breaded items (including meatballs) are made to be gluten free for all guests, so gluten free diners will find a plethora of breaded options available. You can read a review of dinner from Gluten Free in Orlando.
I had the chance to try out the abbreviated breakfast menu when Flying Fish Cafe was open for breakfast temporarily. So, once the full restaurant was open, I was curious to see how the breakfast offerings transitioned from the temporary location.
The interior of Trattoria al Forno really hasn’t changed much from Kouzzina, though my family all agreed that it felt more open. They have opened up some areas, but also have spaced the tables a little too close together, in my opinion. We dined at Trattoria al Forno on Christmas morning, so it was interesting to see how calm the restaurant was.
While looking over the menu, we were greeted by Chef Brad – a chef we’ve come to know quite well since being regular Kouzzina diners. He went over some of the options with me, which I’ll be honest with, were somewhat limited because of the dairy. If you’re gluten free, the breakfast options are plentiful. Trattoria al Forno is definitely very dairy heavy on their menus.
I opted to get the two eggs entree, with scrambled eggs, bacon breakfast potatoes and Udi’s gluten free toast with Earth Balance vegan margarine. I also asked if I could have a side of the fennel sausage that they serve on the polenta dish from the breakfast menu. I fell in love with it when I tried it at Flying Fish.
As we were waiting for our breakfast, Chef Brad popped back over with a little Christmas treat — an allergy Mickey waffle (yes, they know my tastes well there!). This was super crispy and piping hot and such a nice way to start my holiday breakfast.
For my main entree, I really enjoyed this version of the “American” breakfast, as usual. The bacon at this location is consistently delicious – thick-cut and hearty (not that wimpy, stringy Disney bacon). The fennel sausage was delicious and would have been great in a breakfast skillet or omelet! The star of my meal had to be the breakfast potatoes. They were amazing. The seasonings were delicious and the potatoes were extra crispy on the outside and tender on the inside. I think I enjoyed these breakfast potatoes better than the ones served at Kouzzina.
While we were eating, we also got to say hello to Alexis from Gluten Free in Orlando and her family, as they were also having breakfast there Christmas morning. Great minds definitely thought alike in choosing a breakfast option for the holidays!
Overall, I really enjoyed Trattoria al Forno. In some ways I much preferred Kouzzina’s breakfast because I had more options that needed minimal to no tweaking to be gluten free and dairy free. Many of the new entrees are so dairy heavy that they aren’t even an option, which is a bummer. However, what I can eat has been excellent!
I’m looking forward to dining for breakfast at Trattoria al Forno again and maybe trying something different!
What are you most looking forward to trying at Trattoria al Forno?