Four Seasons Orlando selects executive chef, unveils dining options

By Katherine Ferrara Johnson
A rendering of Capa at the Four Seasons Resort Orlando at Walt Disney World.The Four Seasons Resort Orlando at Walt Disney World has named the resort’s executive chef and unveiled its five on-site dining options.

Fabrizio Schenardi will oversee culinary operations at the resort’s five on-site restaurants as well as with its in-room dining and catering operations.

The native of Italy returns to the Four Seasons after working for the Pelagia Trattoria at the Tampa Hotel International Plaza. His culinary expertise is Italian and Mediterranean cuisine, and his resume includes numerous luxury properties, including the St. Regis Monarch Beach Resort and Spa in Dana Point, Calif., and the Beverly Wilshire in Los Angeles. He joined the Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts in 2010 as executive chef for the Four Seasons Hotel in St. Louis.

“I’m excited to return to the Central Florida area and bring some new, innovative cuisine options to Orlando,” said Schenardi. “The resort will have so many options, so there’s going to be something for everyone to love.”

The quintet of restaurants Schenardi will be overseeing are:

• Capa, a rooftop steakhouse and bar that will serve as the resort’s signature eatery. Perched on the 17th floor, Capa features Spanish-influenced cuisine in a romantic setting. The space in Capa (Spanish for a matador’s red cape) is decorated in black and white with bold crimson hues. In addition to steak, the dinner-only menu includes freshly shucked oysters and Florida seafood and small plates. Diners can also enjoy a spectacular view of the nightly fireworks show at Walt Disney World Resort. The restaurant is scheduled to open in September.

• Ravello, named for the town just north of Italy’s Amalfi Coast, will feature modern Italian cuisine like fresh pizza and bread made in the restaurant’s wood-burning oven and an open kitchen pasta bar. Goofy & Pals character breakfasts will also be available on select days.

• Cuban-American cuisine will be the highlight of Plancha. The lakeside restaurant is located in the golf clubhouse and will offer signature dishes like the Cubana sandwich, empanadas and chorizo burger. The restaurant is scheduled to open in September.

• PB&G, or Pool Bar & Grill, offers a fun and casual atmosphere. The smokehouse and rotisserie will serve up pulled pork, chicken, smoked brisket and house-made hot dogs and burgers. Fresh salads and other healthy menu options for kids and teens are also available.

• Lickety Split offers delicious, quick bites to go for guests ranging from lattes, breakfast pastries and gelato.

The 444-room luxury resort is scheduled to open late summer.
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