A three course lunch in DisneySea’s Mediterranean Harbor
For our second full day at DisneySea we had a lovely three course lunch experience at Restaurant di Canalleto, an upscale pizza & pasta place along the canals in Mediterranean Harbor.
It had been overcast most of the morning, but by the time afternoon hit, a bit of baby blue came peeking out from behind the clouds. It made for some gorgeous pictures of the Venetian-inspired area. I went to the real deal Venice in high school and got to ride on a gondola with some of my best friends, so this brought back lots of great memories.
Look at this outfit!? Talk about major #goals. Also, his Duffy is wearing an OLAF costume, I mean — could the people of Tokyo Disney be any more perfect??
They had these Duffy photo opps all throughout the park. Apparently they were created in an attempt to keep people from photographing their Duffy/Shelly May/Gelatoni plushes on flower beds and things. It kind of reminds me of the Flat Stanley project they have in the States, only way cooler.
The photo areas were really popular, and most of them had lines. When it was my turn to use this one, I broke tradition and gave Mr. Potato Head a mini photoshoot instead of Duffy. It garnered lots of laughs from the locals.
Restaurant di Canalleto
Like, Magellan’s, Restaurant di Canalleto gets an A++ for ambiance. It’s located just off the canals in Mediterranean Harbor, near the main entrance of DisneySea. If you’re lucky enough, you can get a seat along the water and watch the gondolas float by as you nosh on your Margherita pizza.
You’ll definitely want to secure a reservation if you go, as this place is popular. Since we were staying at the Tokyo Disneyland Hotel, we were able to easily book a table through the online reservation portal. If you’re NOT staying at an official Disney Hotel, you can easily make same-day reservations by simply going to the restaurant in-person, at 10AM. Just keep in mind that the most popular dining spots (and most popular dining times) will fill up quickly.
The lunch experience is really straightforward: you get your choices of appetizer, main, dessert, and drink all for 2800 YEN (around $25 USD). Amazing deal, especially for the amount + quality of the food you get!
We weren’t one of the lucky few who got to dine canal-side, but the inside wasn’t shabby by any means. The decór was gorgeous, plus we got a nice view of the wood-burning pizza oven.
For our first course we warmed up with minestrone soup. It was filled with squash, veggies, and beans, and plated beautifully.
Wine wasn’t included in the prix-fix meal, but it was worth the extra cost. I can’t remember exactly what we indulged in — likely a Sangiovese — but it was delicious.
For my main I went with the beef bolognese. Comfort food at its finest.
Mark had a four-cheese pizza. Complete with a Mickey shaped slice of cheddar!
For dessert I chose a strawberry and citrus moussé.
And Mark went with the classic Tiramisu.
This looks like a lot of food, but it was all very reasonably sized portions. My main course was probably only 3/4 a cup of pasta, and Mark’s pizza crust was very thin, so we had no problems wiping our plates clean. As was the norm when dining in Japan, we left feeling full and satisfied, but not stuffed and lethargic. American restaurants could take a note or two!
After eating, we decided to take a walk through the American Waterfront, which was beautifully decorated for the Christmas holiday.
DisneySea’s Electric Railway, which connects the American Waterfront to Port Discovery, has a boarding area just before Tower of Terror. We figured we’d hop on and enjoy the views.
The line moves quickly, and the ride itself is short ‘n sweet. As the tracks are raised about 20 feet above the park, it offers lovely views of Tower, the SS Columbia, Mount Vesuvius, and Port Discovery’s Aquatopia ride.
We got off just in time to catch the sunset over Tokyo Bay.
Not a bad way to usher in another heavenly evening at DisneySea!