Bice … Italian food with Universal indulgence

When I visited: May 2015

Location: Orlando, in Universal Studios’ Portofino Bay Hotel

Team: Alessandro Lozzi (Head Chef), Massimo Lanfranchi (General Manager)

Rating in the Michelin Guide: Not rated

Dining Owl Hoot rating: 3/5

What to wear: Men – jeans or nice trousers and a shirt; women – jeans and a smart top or a smart dress

Ambience: Fun, Italian, smart/casual

Course of the meal: Spinach and ricotta parcels

If I could change one thing: More innovative main courses


Sometimes you can love the cheap and easy theme-park food on offer in Orlando (especially the homage to English fish and chips in The Wizarding World of Harry Potter’s Three Broomsticks …) but you fancy something a bit higher-quality for dinner. If so, Bice is a solid choice. Apparently there are Bices across Europe as well, but unfortunately not in England as yet.

I had a three-course a la carte dinner with my partner Owl. The waiter gave us a recommendation for a red wine which was unsurprisingly expensive but undoubtedly tasty. He was also kind enough to tell us that the portions were large so it was fine to share a starter – we went for the Caprese salad. I then had some simple but delicious spinach and ricotta pasta parcels. This was all so filling that we opted to share a dessert – chocolate cake with strawberries and salted caramel ice cream. The waiter secured himself a place in this Owl’s good graces by giving us the dessert for free and painstakingly writing ‘Congratulations’ on it as it was our honeymoon … awww.

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