Monday, March 14, 2016

New dining at Busch Gardens Williamsburg

Busch Gardens is one of the few theme parks in the world where people do actually go there for the food. Reasonably priced, and well crafted, the food in Busch Gardens Williamsburg will exceed almost anyone’s dining expectations for a theme park. Even through you can get pizza, or a burger you can also find vegetables, roast chicken, smoked meats and hand crafted desserts. All sauces, meats and desserts are made on the premises.

There have been some changes in the Italy village during the closed season ending with ChristmasTown 2015. The former restaurant Ristorante Della Piazza has been changed with a new fa├žade and menu and the new marketplace will open when Busch Gardens reopens March 20, 2016.

                                        New Marco Polo Restaurant under construction, BGardens Photo

The new restaurant Marco Polo Marketplace will contain Mediterranean, Italian and even some Asian menu items.  There will be several different themed stations and this will also include dessert and beverage stations.

The purpose of this was to help stream line meals for guests. The new design will make it easier for guests to get what they wish from a food court type atmosphere.  Busch Gardens Culinary stated “We are excited to offer a new open design that will enhance the dining experience for our guests with less wait and more dining options.”

Entertainment will continue as usual in this section of the park. The open air theater Il Teatro San Marco typically has musical and sometimes acrobatic shows several times a day. Past productions include Mix it up (a musical tribute with chefs) Dig it up and Elmo Rocks. Elmo Rocks is currently expected to play in the Globe on select days. Choo Choo Soul will headline on April 23, 2016 with 3 performances at Il Teatro, however other entertainment for this area of the park has not yet be announced. 

Over in Festhaus a new craft beer room has been opened. You can become a member of “The Stein Club” and with that you 1 of 300 numbered limited edition steins which will wait on a wall just for your use.  Each hold 1/2 a liter.

Pictures of the Former Ristorante Della Pizza in its glory, we shall miss you, but look forward to the new eats!