Magical Dining Month – Cala Bella in the Rosen Shingle Creek Hotel, Orlando, Florida

If you live near Orlando, Florida, or are planning a visit anytime in the month of September, there’s a great deal going on for foodies called Magical Dining Month. Late August through September is the slowest season here, because kids go back to school, and visitors dwindle. To drum up some business, several high-end restaurants offer a prix fixe menu during this time. A choice of appetizer, entrée, and dessert are included for one flat rate of $33. Of course, this does not include, tax, tip, or any parking fees. But it’s a great chance to try some fine restaurants if you like trying new things.  In addition, $1 from every meal is donated to charity.

Last Saturday, four of us dined at Cala Bella in the Rosen Shingle Creek Hotel in Orlando. We live in Brevard County so took the 528 Beachline Expressway west to Orlando, exited at Universal Blvd., then took the very first right into the property. It was a very easy drive for us, though we did have to pay several tolls to get there. Self-parking is $16, but they validate at the restaurant. We opted for the valet, and since they validate, just had to tip the valet. The valet parking was a wise choice since it was raining when we were ready to leave.

Cala Bella tomato appetizerI had the tomato/mozzarella appetizer with pickled veggies on the side. The veggies tasted like fancy cole slaw—they were crunchy and sweet, yet tart at the same time.

 

 

Cala Bella shrimpThree of us had the Shrimp Genova entrée, and all of us nearly licked our plates clean. The sautéed shrimp were served over a bed of risotto, with a creamy sauce. The sauce was just delicious!

Hubby said his chicken parmigiana was very good, but I didn’t get a picture. We all know what that dish looks like!

I got pictures of three of the four desserts offered—no one ordered tiramisu. They get an A+ here for presentation.

Cala Bella chocolate dessertI had the chocolate sabayon and thought it was very good. Berries always go well with chocolate, and I even ate the custom chocolate wafer!

 

 

Cala Bella raspberry cheesecakeBoth men had the lemon raspberry cheesecake, though hubby said it was only ok. Both men ate every bit though!

 

 

 

 

Cala Bella creme brulee dessertThe other woman had the cappuccino crème brulee.  I thought her dessert was the prettiest!

 

 

 

Service was top-notch and I would definitely come back next year.  Here’s the link to the Cala Bella menu and map in case anyone’s interested. You can make reservations through their website. http://www.visitorlando.com/magicaldining/restaurants/Cala-Bella-Rosen-Shingle-Creek/26777/#magicalmenu

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I hope to try a few more restaurants before Orlando Magical Dining Month is over, so check back for more reviews!