Primo Piatto is a counter-service restaurant at Disney’s Riviera Resort in Walt Disney World. The restaurant serves American and French food for all meals although we’ll be focusing on breakfast. Primo Piatto does take part in the Disney Dining Plan (when it is active) as a counter-service credit. In this post, we’ll review breakfast at Primo Piatto including my thoughts on the restaurant’s food, value and atmosphere.
The Riviera Resort is the newest Walt Disney World hotel and is easily accessible thanks to the Skyliner. If you’re staying at Pop Century, Art of Animation, Caribbean Beach Resort or any of the Crescent Lake Resorts (Boardwalk, Swan and Dolphin and Yacht and Beach Club) then the Riviera and Primo Piatto are just a short and pleasant gondola ride away. After having a great experience with a ‘Skyliner breakfast’ at Caribbean Beach, Primo Piatto is another prime spot to try.
While we’ll cover it more in the upcoming resort review, the Riviera’s outdoor grounds are the strongest aspect of the hotel. The grounds are compact, green and full of water features. While Primo Piatto is inside, it is on the ground floor of the Riviera and has great outdoor views and seating. Just outside the doors are the pool, a bocce ball court, a pool bar, another pool, a beach and a lovely view of the Skyliner passing over the lake. I think these are more merits of the resort but it’s certainly part of the allure of eating at Primo Piatto. If you’re staying there or are just a person who likes to see and enjoy other resorts then dining here augments that.
In case you couldn’t tell, we recommend dining outside but that’s not to say the indoor seating isn’t lovely. Being a new restaurant, Primo Piatto looks extra sleek and shiny. Large windows enclose the restaurant giving it lots of natural light to shine off the white interior. There’s a window to see inside of the kitchen, adding to a pretty open floor plan.
Primo Piatto adds thematic elements in a tasteful way. The walls are adorned with symmetrical photos, mainly of Walt Disney visiting different areas in France. All of the photos are in black and white and are more subtle than you’d expect. My favorite part of the way the restaurant looks is the booth that stretches through the middle of the seating area. Beautiful flowers are on the booth in blues, greens and yellows. With the clean lines of the restaurant as well as the wood and white tones, this booth really pops.
Overall, it’s a very pretty seating area although not especially big. I’d still recommend sitting outside if the weather cooperates but you could do much worse than the environment here. Let’s move on to the food!
Primo Piatto’s breakfast menu is very small, totaling five items with only a couple of them being original. I don’t know about the quality of Mickey Waffles here compared to, say, a value resort. That might be an interesting taste test for someone but I’ll leave it to the next Disney-obsessed blogger. I can’t imagine the Mickey Waffles could be better than the two most original items on the menu though.
We’ll start with the Blueberry-Lemon Pancakes. This dish consists of three fluffy house-made Pancakes filled with fresh Blueberries topped with Mascarpone Cream and Lemon Zest. While the portion size may be a little on the small side, these pancakes are absolutely delicious. They certainly are fluffy and moist. The Blueberries inside of them add great flavor, as does the lemon zest. The star, in my opinion, is the Mascarpone Cream that melts into the pancake, landing somewhere between butter and whipped cream from a texture perspective. With the fruit and Mascarpone, I thought the dish might end up being too far on the sweet side but the lemon and pancake density helped balance this out. If you like sweeter breakfasts then this is one of the best counter-service items you could find in all of Walt Disney World.
If sweet breakfasts aren’t your thing then Primo Piatto also has that covered! The Croque Madame was excellent. This is a breakfast sandwich with Ham and Swiss in the middle and a Fried Egg on top. Each piece of toast is dense, being dipped in beaten egg and covered with cheese. Just like the pancakes, this was absolutely delicious. The Fried Egg was runny and the Ham and Swiss were both delicious and fresh. It’s a filling meal and sharing the two of these dishes to get both sweet and savory is a good way to go.
As far as prices go, the Pancakes come in at $11.29 and the Croque Madame is $10.79. Each dish comes with a side of bacon, sausage or fruit. The sausage was fresh and prepared well but nothing memorable and same goes for the fruit. I don’t think this is some great value but the quality of the food is well worth the price. I don’t consider myself to be a big breakfast person, especially when it comes to Disney Parks counter-service meals, but this is better than the majority of counter-service options I’ve had regardless of which meal it is. When looking at it through that lens, having both meals come in under 12 dollars is a steal.
Overall, we found our breakfast at Primo Piatto to be delightful. The atmosphere is lovely and the food makes for the best counter-service breakfast on property. I’d take it over a good amount of table-service breakfasts, as well. With Spyglass Grill, another breakfast favorite closed, Primo Piatto is well worth a Skyliner ride to have a relaxing morning with quality cuisine!
Overall Rating – 9.5/10
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