REVIEW: Get a Taste of Italy With the Arancini Flight and Gelato-Stuffed Pressed Brioche Sandwiches at Universal’s Mardi Gras: International Flavors of Carnaval 2023

Katie Francis

REVIEW: Get a Taste of Italy With the Arancini Flight and Gelato-Stuffed Pressed Brioche Sandwiches at Universal’s Mardi Gras: International Flavors of Carnaval 2023

Louie’s Italian Restaurant (or, more specifically, the Guido’s Gelato window) is serving as the Italy booth again for the 2023 Mardi Gras festival at Universal Studios Florida.

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Menu for Italy at Universal’s Mardi Gras: International Flavors of Carnaval 2023

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Food:

  • 🆕 Tour of Italy Arancini Flight – $8.99
  • 🆕 Gelato Stuffed Pressed Brioche – $6.29

Beverages:

  • Bollini Pinot Grigio – $7.50 for 3 oz., $14 for 6 oz.
  • Bertani Valpolicella – $7.00 for 3 oz., $13 for 6 oz.
  • Fantinel Extra Dry Prosecco – $6.50 for 3 oz., $11 for 6 oz.
  • Tondo Soave Monte – $13

Photos of Menu Items for Italy at Universal’s Mardi Gras: International Flavors of Carnaval 2023

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*NEW* Tour of Italy Arancini Flight – $8.99

tomato basil with marinara, mushroom with garlic cream sauce, and seafood served with basil pesto

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An overall failure of a dish. The arancini were mushy, and the sauces weren’t very good.

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This arancina was seafood with basil pesto.

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This one was mushroom with garlic cream sauce.

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This one was tomato basil with marinara.

Some of us liked the pesto, but otherwise, no one in our party was a fan of this.

*NEW* Gelato Stuffed Pressed Brioche – $6.29

Ice cream sandwich pressed to order in your choice of Oreo and mint, Nutella and vanilla, or strawberry

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All three gelato stuffed pressed brioche sandwiches were amazing.

Oreo and Mint

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The brioche was soft but slightly crispy with a sweet, rich center of ice cream.

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Strawberry

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Nutella

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The Nutella reminded us of a fried Oreo.

While we all had our individual favorites, we agreed you couldn’t go wrong with any of them.

Bollini Pinot Grigio (ABV 13.5%) – $7.50 for 3 oz., $14 for 6 oz

intense varietal aromas with a fragrant bouquet and elegant, fruity, and floral flavors

Bertani Valpolicella (ABV 15%) – $7.00 for 3 oz., $13 for 6 oz.

notes of red fruit, cherry, raspberry, and strawberry

Fantinel Extra Dry Prosecco (ABV 11.5%) – $6.50 for 3 oz., $11 for 6 oz.

exotic stone fruits and nutty elements combine with bright minerality and the scent of wet slate

Tondo Soave Monte (ABV 12.5%) – $13

bright and clean, with delicate yellow apple and floral notes

Universal’s Mardi Gras: International Flavors of Carnaval runs from February 4 through April 16.

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