Experts say the antipasto platter is your first indication of the quality of the Italian meal you’re about to receive. If the antipasto is top of the line, the food will follow suit.
The antipasto platter at Palo, aboard Disney Cruise Line, sets the standard for quality right from the start.
A beautiful mahogany cart is rolled to your table as your server prepares your custom made antipasto platter. If you can’t easily identify the items on the cart, don’t worry…it all comes with an explanation.
Roasted Artichokes, kalamata olives, prosciutto, bresaola, tapenade (olives and anchovies-blended), roasted bell peppers and aged Parmesan (this cheese has been aged for 5 years!) are arranged on a beautiful platter and drizzled with your choice of three olive oils. These three signature olive oils are in a class all their own-infused with chili pepper, tarragon or rosemary they each have a distinct flavor that compliments your antipasto.
The cheese is my favorite part of the antipasto. Aged at 5 years, this expensive Parmesan is worth the cost of the meal. Request it be drizzled with balsamic vinegar and I promise your taste buds will be singing your praises for hours to come. I have never enjoyed balsamic, I’m just not that girl. I literally held my breath when our server drizzled it over our antipasto, silently screaming “HE’S GOING TO RUIN MY CHEESE!!!” but “pleasantly surprised” doesn’t begin to describe how I felt about the combination.
Palo spares no expense with ingredients in any of their meals and it shows. Don’t go looking at your local grocer for cheese that’s been aged to perfection over 5 years, you won’t find it. Take my word for it, I tried and had to scoff at the “aged” cheese at the grocery store…18 months…psshh I think not! The balsamic vinegar was older than that!
Don’t be mistaken that the antipasto is your appetizer…think of it more as your introduction to the feast of culinary delights that await you.
With plenty items to choose from, the high quality antipasto platter is the perfect start to your meal regardless of what your other dinner selection(s) will be.
Disney Food Report Tip: If you’d like to try a wine or cocktail with dinner but aren’t sure what to choose, the sommelier is on hand to provide explanations and make suggestions.