I have a confession to make. Despite being a huge fan of Universal Orlando’s theme parks, hotels, and special events, and (perhaps an even huger) fan of breakfast and brunch, I had never given Trattoria del Porto at Loews Portofino Bay Hotel a try. In my defense, it is easy to become distracted by La Dolce Vita at this beautiful resort: the immersive seaside setting complete with interesting shops, incredible pools, and, of course, the proximity to all the Universal Orlando action. And for some reason the other harborside eateries here—the elegant Bice, the exuberant Mama Dellas, the eye-catching Sal’s Market Deli—tend to grab your attention first. At least they always did mine. And that’s on me.
But it was Father’s Day, a big breakfast was in order, and, something in the Italian Riviera seemed like a great option. But rather than travel nearly 5,000 miles to the narrow strip of coastline that cradles the Ligurian Sea between Tuscany and southern France, I opted for something little closer. Enter Trattoria del Porto.
I had no idea what I was getting myself into, but now I am glad I got into it!
My self-imposed penance was to sample as much of the menu as possible. Breakfast at Trattoria del Porto offers plated meals and a buffet option. For the individual dishes, you’ll struggle (in a good way) to decide between a variety of eggs, pancakes, waffles, vegetarian options, and the dazzling Italian French Toast. While I’m not sure it’s something the locals of Portofino indulge in “per colazione”, you’re on vacation, so go for it! Trust me, it won’t ruin the mood. At $27/person, the breakfast buffet was not only a good deal, but also a great way to ensure you won’t need to worry about lunch! From unlimited bakery items (muffins, pastries and more) to cold choices (cereals, deli meats, cheeses, smoked salmon) to hot offerings (pancakes, oatmeal, eggs, potatoes) to the custom, freshly made omelet station, there is something for everyone. Let me rephrase that, there is a lot for anyone!
While an all-Italian staff might have added extra touch of authenticity, service was friendly, professional, and attentive.
The atmosphere? Relaxing, family-friendly, calming. In a word, welcoming. Seating is also available outside, and if it’s not too hot or you can secure a shaded table, this is my recommendation. With sounds of Italian music and lapping waves, sights of fishing boats rocking gently in the sea, and the taste of your chosen food and drink, you just might linger here all day and become transported to the iconic Italian town of Portofino. Which really is, after all, the whole point.