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Opa! Kouzzina by Cat Cora Celebrates One-Year Anniversary

Kouzzina by Cat Cora
Time flies when you’re eating well. It’s almost been a year since Kouzzina by Cat Cora made its delicious debut on Disney’s BoardWalk, introducing us to celebrity chef Cat Cora’s Greek-inspired cuisine. And we’ve started hearing plans for some fun new changes for the restaurant. Details soon.

Cat’s parents were on hand for the opening, her mama walking table to table with Cat to check on guests. Cat’s favorite memory of the day? “Being able to spend it with my family and performing traditional Greek dancing with the staff,” Cat says.

It’s been a busy year for Cat and for Chef Dee Foundoukis, who keeps the kitchen running when Cat is one the road. The two chefs cooked together at the White House for President Obama and Greek Prime Minister George Papandreou, and Dee assisted Cat on a recent “Iron Chef” episode on the Food Network.

Favorite new tastes from the opening that stay on the menu are the garlicky skordalia (a silky dip made with pureed potatoes) with salt-roasted beets; Cat’s version of grape leaves stuffed with herbed goat cheese; her cinnamon-stewed chicken, and our top pick, the fennel-infused fisherman’s stew with ouzo butter. (The koto kapama, or cinnamon-stewed chicken, is Cat’s choice, a reminder of childhood, she says.)

The biggest menu change on the dinner menu was the smart addition of the Kouzzina Trio, featuring smaller tastes of the cinnamon-stewed chicken, pastitsio (Greek-style lasagna with bucatini pasta and béchamel sauce), and the char-grilled lamb burger. Perfect when you want to order everything.

For breakfast, we could just be content with the sweet frappé coffee drink. Chef Dee tells us that the spinach tomato and feta scrambled eggs is the hands-down favorite of guests. We’re partial to the turkey-sweet potato hash with two poached eggs on top and a flourish of peppery arugula.

When Cat manages to slip out of the kitchen, she loves to spend time in the Disney parks. Her favorite attraction? “Still Space Mountain,” she says with a big smile.


  • I have been part of the disney vaction club for many year well my parents have we do the diseny dinging plan and I am over 10. I really dont like eating off the adult meun I was hoping for a teen meun for stuff that teens like. I know this is a lot to ask but me and many teens were just wordering if you could.

  • My wife and I dined at Kouzzina last June and it was fantastic. Cat Cora happened to be there and was making the rounds from table to table. Was a pleasure it was to meet her! The food was outstanding and we will be going back on our next trip to Walt Disney World.

  • Have my reservations set for our visit in Sept; my sister & brother-in-law’s kids love watching Iron Chef and were thrilled to learn we will be at Cat Cora’s place for dinner on our last night of the vacation week. Their Greek heritage and somewhat ambitious taste buds will be make this a very exciting dinner! Allez Cuisine!

  • We will miss Spoodles.

  • I enjoyed my “solo” dinner there this past spring. The wine flight was excellent & the trio gave me the opportunity to sample the 3 dishes. The baklava was yummy. The staff were efficient & friendly and chatted with me seeing I was dining alone. All in all an enjoyable meal.

  • Me and my wife went there on our honeymoon last year, and it was open when we got there on August 16th. It must have just opened right before we arrived!

  • Ate there Saturday night. It was out of this world. I have dietary restrictions and Chef Desiree made me an amazing vegan and gluten free sampler. Hubby’s straight from the menu meal was outstanding as well. Our server Dale was friendly and enthusiastic, too. We can’t wait to go back.

  • I read several reviews before we made our ADR’s for this past June.. many negative and I was worried – but the food was fantastic. Everything from the bread and butter to drinks to entrees – we all loved our meals and we definitely will go back!

  • I am really looking forward to our first meal here this October. I know it will be wonderful!

  • I was there for dinner with friends in July, and it was outstanding. Everything was so delicious. I’m bringing my family back in August. My recommendations: the calamari, Fishermen’s Stew, the trio (the lamb burger is a wonderful surprise, not your ordinary burger), and the lamb shank. Oh, and the baklava. Yum!

  • Oh, I love Cat Cora….gotta go to visit the restuarant in December!!!

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