Harbor Nights Primavera brings authentic Italian cuisine, ambiance of the Mediterranean to Loews Portofino Bay Hotel at Universal Orlando

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Loews Portofino Bay Hotel created an authentic Italian evening with the glow of twinkling lights, the aroma of Italian cuisine and the beautiful sound of opera in the air at their Harbor Nights Primavera.

Loews Portofino Bay Hotel is one of three resorts by Loews Hotels at Universal Orlando resort. The resort was the first hotel on Universal Orlando property and is billed as a flagship resort that offers guests the ambiance of an Italian seaside village with many rooms overlooking the resort’s stunning lake, Portofino Bay. This past Friday though, the Portofino took this ambiance to another level with its seperately ticketed Harbor Nights Primavera event, which offered guests delectable Italian-style foods and wines.

Held four times a year, Harbor Nights is a delicious event that offers a romantic night out where guests can sip fine wines and try gourmet food samples harbor side. The event also includes live music and a traditional opera performance complete with elegant ambiance.

Foods and wines can be found all around the Portofino Bay at small stations where the Italian fare is prepared and served. Take a look at the food and wine items from the event below.

Mama Della’s Ristorante:

Seared Sweet Paprika Dusted Ocean Bass with Citrus Olive Beurre Blanc, Sun-dried Tomato Orzo Pasta

Splendido Bar & Grill:

Butternut Squash Ravioli with Tomato, Artichoke and Kalamata Olive Stufato, Shaved Parmesan Cheese

Trattoria del Porto:

Grilled Marinated Flat Iron Steak with Italian Mashed Potatoes, Mushroom Ragout

Sal’s Market Deli:

Mediterranean Rosemary Lemon Chicken with Golden Raisin Couscous

Bice Ristorante:

Barley, Artichoke and Shrimp Salad

Gelateria:

Berry Cabernet Sorbetto, Chocolate Gelato

Dessert:

Italian Classic Cannoli, Lemon Mascarpone Mousse with Strawberry Compote

Featured Wines

White Wines:

  • Argiolas Vermentino
  • Zenato Pinot Grigio
  • Mad Fish Sauvignon Blanc
  • Angeline Chardonnay
  • Dr. Berweiler Riesling
  • Mastroberardino Greco di Tufo
  • Figuiere Saint Andre Rose
  • Montelliana Prosecco (sparkling)
  • Cerretto Moscato (sweet)

Red Wines:

  • San Quirco Chianti
  • Renacer Punto Final Malbec
  • Cousino Macul Merlot
  • Michael Pozzan ‘Dante’ Cabernet
  • San Polo ‘Rubio’ Red Blend
  • Michael Magnien Pinot Noir
  • Convento San Francisco Tempranillo
  • Loosen Up Sweet Red (sweet)
  • Peachy Canyon Zinfandel
This event has since past, but tickets were $55 for regular admission, which included wine, food, entertainment and complimentary self-parking or $5 valet parking. For guests looking for a higher tier of service at the event, VIP was also available for $90. VIP included all the benefits of a regular ticket, plus reserved seating in a special area with a private wine station and passed hors-d’oeuvres.

The next Harbor Nights coming to Lowes Portofino Bay Hotel is La Dolce Vita, which will take place Friday, October 12 from 6:30 pm – 9 pm. Tickets are not currently on sale for this event.

The next event date is subject to change so be sure to keep checking the official website for more information.

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