Review: Il Mulino New York Trattoria: Swan

Review: Il Mulino New York Trattoria: Swan

It was a Saturday evening when my family and I had a reservation for Il Mulino New York Trattoria. I did not know much about the restaurant, just that they served Italian food. In order to get to the restaurant you need to walk through the bar area, which is quite cramped. We were a few minutes early for our 7:45 reservation and we were seated just a couple of minutes later. The dining room was loud but not as cramped as the bar area. The place was busy but not packed.

Our servers, Rudy and Michelle, worked as a team. We met Rudy first, he brought ice water and gave us our menus. Michelle appeared a few minutes later to see if we had any questions and to take our orders. I ordered the Tre Formaggi Pizza, my daughter the Margherita Pizza and my husband the Carpaccio Di Tonno. Rudy soon brought a cold eggplant dish with thinly sliced sausage on the side. We asked about the eggplant, he assured us that it is vegetarian. There was also a basket with two types of bread. We didn’t touch the sausage, the eggplant was good but not great. It was in a tomato and cheese sauce. One of the two breads was a cheese, tomato and herb bread. It was very good but it had quite a kick, which came as a bit of a surprise. The other bread was sliced Italian bread, served with olive oil.

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The two pizzas were brought first. Both were flatbread and they were huge. The Tre Formaggi featured three types of cheese and a whole wheat crust. It was good but quite honestly not great. The flatbread pizzas at Wolfgang Puck’s Café and Momma Melrose’s are both much better. It was also slightly salty, it grew stronger the more that I ate. My daughter’s Margherita Pizza was covered with mozzarella. I think that hers was better than mine.

Michelle described the tuna in my husband’s Carpaccio Di Tonno as “being similar to the tuna in sushi”. He said that it was good but it was not his favorite. He has tried several tuna dishes at Disney restaurants and this would be on the bottom of his list. It was topped with deep fried capers and arugula.

Neither my daughter not I could finish our pizzas so they put the leftovers into a box for us. They included a packet with plastic utensils, which I thought was a nice touch, they did not know that we live just a few miles away. Since the meal was so filling we skipped dessert.

F.A.S.T. Review

F-Food- Fair. We’ve all had better elsewhere.

A-Atmosphere- Relaxed casual. The décor was comfortable, the lights were low but not too low. There were two musicians playing in the bar area as we left.

S-Service- Efficient. Rudy and Michelle worked well together as a team.

T-Tips- After your meal walk over to Disney’s Boardwalk. They have street performers every evening from 7-10, it’s great, free entertainment.

About PaulaK

I grew up in Western Massachusetts. When I was nine my family went to Disneyland and I was hooked. I grew up, attended New England College in Henniker, NH and eventually moved to Virginia. I worked as a disc jockey, married and became a full time mom when our daughter was born. Fast forward several years. In 2010 we moved to Central Florida and my Disney obsession grew. I now work as a freelance writer and spend my spare time in the parks. Under the name Paula Brown I penned the novels Dream Wanderers and The Coffee Cruiser. I also am a co-author of Dining at Walt Disney World: The Definitive Guide. I'm obsessed with Star Wars, so this is a good time to live in Central Florida. I've been a vegetarian for well over a decade, a choice that my daughter eventually made as well. While my husband still hasn't joined us fully he has given up most meats except for seafood. I was relieved to find that vegetarian dining is not difficult at Walt Disney World.