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Primo Piatto Review

Primo Piatto is a counter service dining location at Disney’s Riviera Resort. The casual restaurant offers some of the best Disney quick-service food around. In this Primo Piatto review, we’ll take a look at a few items you won’t want to miss!

Pancakes at the pool? This is exactly the kind of meal you can expect to enjoy from Disney’s Primo Piatto. But what about lunch in the sunshine on a warm day, and make it vegan? The charming little eatery has you covered as well.

My initial visit, which I discussed in the Disney’s Riviera Resort review, left me feeling on the fence about the resort. Since then, I’ve returned multiple times and have to admit that I really like the resort in its entirety.

One of the things that won me over is the amazing dining options at Riviera. I’m even considering overthrowing The Mara as my favorite quick service at Disney and replacing it with Primo Piatto. It’s that serious. And don’t get me started on Topolino’s character breakfast. It’s the best character meal I’ve visited.

And you know if I spent the entire first morning of this year’s Flower and Garden Festival at the Riviera, enjoying these pancakes, that Primo Piatto has something special going for it.

You’ll find Disney’s Riviera’s main counter service dining on the ground level of the resort. If you are in the lobby, you can take the elevators on the East Wing down to the ground floor. Primo Piatto will be immediately around the corner after exiting the elevators.

If you are coming over via the Skyliner for a visit, Riviera’s counter service sits directly behind the S’il Vous Play pool area. There is a large sign over the entrance; you can’t miss it. Also, make sure to check out the Disney Skyliner tips with travel times article on how to get over to the Riviera.

On the opposite side of Primo Piatto is Bar Riva. This might be a nice place to stop if you are looking for a cocktail or an appetizer.

You will more than likely need to use Disney’s mobile ordering service at Primo Piatto. If you can’t or have a food allergy, a cast member at the entrance will assist in taking your order. I recommend familiarizing yourself with how the process works because it is extremely convenient and a huge timesaver.

When your meal is ready, you’ll receive a notification. If you stay at Riviera, I recommend selecting “I’m Here, Prepare My Order” while you are in your room or at the pool.

Since the resort has a nice boutique layout, you can get over to the restaurant fairly quickly after receiving the notice that your order is ready. I recommend this because you don’t want to hang outside the entrance waiting for your order number. From my experiences, it usually takes a good 15 minutes for your order to be ready after completing it.

When your order is ready, the My Disney Experience app will provide you with an order number. You’ll show the cast member at the entrance and they will direct you over to this counter to pick up your order.

There are a few items out for coffee. At this time, Primo Piatto is putting most condiments, napkins, silverware, and things in with each order. If there is something you are missing, just let them know, and they’ll be happy to get it for you.

If you would like to dine inside, there is plenty of space.

The dining room can accommodate a number of guests and the large windows provide a lot of natural light in the space.

But I prefer to enjoy the majority of meals outside when the weather allows. Riviera has plenty of outdoor tables with chairs spread out across the grounds. For those staying at the resort, you might enjoy taking your meal out to one of the pools.

These are the popular Lemon Blueberry pancakes from Primo Piatto. The menu description: Three, Fluffy House-made Pancakes filled with fresh Blueberries topped with Mascarpone Cream and Lemon Zest served with choice of side.

Side Choices include: Side of Eggs, Bacon, Italian Sausage, and Plant-Based Sausage

I went with the plant-based sausage since I’m on a vegetarian diet. However, the pancakes are not vegan. You might remember that I compared the vegan-friendly sausage to the one I recently enjoyed for breakfast at Ale and Compass. Both of these meals were great, but I found the sausage to be a little dry.

As for these pancakes, they were the perfect Disney breakfast! The lemon zest added the right bite of citrus flavor while the blueberries balanced the dish with their juicy sweetness.

An individual syrup came on the side, but in my opinion, you do not need it. I recommend at least trying the pancakes before topping them with syrup. The only thing my dish was missing was the Mascarpone cream.

For some reason, mine didn’t make it, and I never realized it until I started working on this review. I can only imagine the topping would have literally been the icing on the cake for this dish. In hindsight, they might have removed it since I had ordered the vegan sausage on the side? However, I would imagine the batter probably had eggs in it.

You might remember that Caribbean Beach Resort sits next door to the Riviera. When I stayed there in December, I had lunch at Primo Piatto one sunny afternoon. On that visit, I went with the plant-based grilled vegetable skewer. You can read the entire Caribbean Beach Resort review if you would like to learn more about that resort.

The menu description for this vegan item: Eggplant, Zucchini, Red Onion and Portobello Mushroom Skewer with Harissa-spiced Vinaigrette, Dairy-Free Cucumber Yogurt, and Bulgar Salad served over a Grilled Pita.

This was another delicious meal with fresh flavors and a nice variety of vegetables. I also like that the meal was filling, but I didn’t feel guilty about eating it. The veggies come on a skewer and are placed over the pita. A salad sits to one side with bulgar in the mix.

You can tell that I enjoyed my skewer out by the water on that afternoon.

On my initial visit to Primo Piatto, I had the Croque Monsieur, which is a classic French ham and swiss that reminded me of a grilled cheese sandwich. The main difference is a layer of Parmesan cheese was grilled on the outside of the bread.

Sadly, I can’t locate my photo, but I can say it was another nice option. The sandwich came with a side item, and the choices were regular fries or fries with Romano cheese and herbs. I didn’t care for the Romano fries, but I would be willing to try them again. The cheese added to them was a little overpowering.

Other popular menu items for lunch at Primo Piatto include:

  • Bacon Cheddar Burger: 1/3 lb Grilled Signature-blend Burger with Brisket and Chuck topped with Bacon, Aged Cheddar, Shredded Lettuce, Tomato, and Garlic-Mayonnaise on a Toasted Brioche Bun served with choice of side
  • Grilled Chicken Sandwich: Balsamic-marinated Grilled Chicken with a Sun-dried Tomato Relish, Spinach-Artichoke Spread, and Mozzarella on Toasted Focaccia served with a choice of Side
  • Hearth Baked Pizzas: Fresh Artisan Hearth-baked Pizza topped with Tomato Sauce, Italian Sausage, Pepperoni, Provolone, and Grated Romano

and for breakfast these items:

  • Primo Piatto Breakfast: Scrambled Eggs served over Mascarpone Polenta with a Sweet Brioche Roll served with Bacon and Italian Sausage
  • Croque Madame: Classic French Ham and Swiss with a Fried Egg served with choice of side.
  • Plant-Based Egg Platter: Plant-based Eggs served with Grilled Vegetables and Plant-based Italian Sausage

If you would like to review the entire menu, it is available here on Disney’s site.

For those of you interested in breakfast locations, Riviera is home to another favorite, the Topolino’s Terrace character breakfast. It has great food and classic characters.

Additionally, Primo Piatto has a large selection of grab-and-go type items. These are available on the mobile order menu as well.

I am intent on trying this banana bread on a future visit. This is also available in the mornings at Riviera’s Le Petit Cafe.

There were blueberry muffins.

The cinnamon rolls looked like they would be easy to devour. I was glad you couldn’t smell them; I would have been a goner.

Croissants and bagels are a nice, simple breakfast carb.

Below these items said eggs, ham, and cheese. I was disappointed to see a pre-made offering.

Another case had the different gelato selections that were available.

Toward the back corner, a case has various drinks and a few packaged items like fresh fruit, salads, and snacks.

The only other place that will have these grab-and-go types of items is La Boutique (Riviera’s gift shop) on the lobby level.

Before wrapping things up, I wanted to mention that Primo Piatto normally participates in the Disney Dining Plan when it is available.

Don’t miss out on our full list of Disney restaurant reviews. They include character dining, signature dining, table service, and quick service.

You might also enjoy learning about a few of the other resorts near Epcot. I have a full review of Disney’s Swan and Dolphin and a review of Boardwalk Inn here.

As for this charming quick-service, I hope you will take the time to enjoy a meal there on your next Disney vacation. Leave me a comment below and let me know your thoughts about this Primo Piatto review.

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