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8 Things You’ll Love About Mama Melrose’s Ristorante Italiano At Walt Disney World

Walt Disney World is home to four theme parks including Disney’s Hollywood Studios which brings guests directly into the glitz and glamour of Hollywood and television through amazing experiences. Guests who spend time in the park can enjoy attractions, entertainment, dining, shopping, and more. Some of the most popular experiences in the park give guests the opportunity to rock out with Aerosmith, enter into The Twilight Zone, laugh along with the Muppets, and enter into the Star Wars universe. While the attractions in Disney’s Hollywood Studios are amazing, the dining options in the park offer up some delicious and unique meals that guests are sure to love. One popular full service restaurant can be found in the Grand Avenue area of the park just across from Muppet Vision 3D. Mama Melrose’s Ristorante Italiano is a wonderful dining option to enjoy in Disney’s Hollywood Studios and guests who stop there for lunch or dinner can enjoy a delicious Italian inspired meal in a wonderful setting. Here are eight things that guests will love about Mama Melrose’s Ristorante Italiano in Disney’s Hollywood Studios.

1. The Aroma

Many guests are drawn into Mama Melrose’s Ristorante Italiano when exploring the surrounding area thanks to its delicious smell. Guests exiting Muppet Vision 3D or walking through the Grand Avenue area of Disney’s Hollywood Studios are sure to smell the mouthwatering aroma of tomatoes, herbs, and cooking meals coming from the restaurant. The smell alone is an amazing indicator of how delicious the food served at Mama Melrose’s Ristorante Italiano is!

2. The Back Story

Mama Melrose’s Ristorante Italiano has an amazing backstory that many guests might not know about. Mama Melrose was a young girl growing up in Sicily who dreamed of becoming a Hollywood star and moved to California. While she dreamed of acting, she discovered that her real passion was cooking and she created delicious meals for her new friends. She soon opened a restaurant in a backlot warehouse that initially stored film equipment and her legend soon grew to where all of her customers called her Mama Melrose. The restaurant soon earned the title of “where Italy meets California in the heart of the backlot” and has been wowing guests ever since.

3. The Ambiance

Once guests enter into Mama Melrose’s Ristorante Italiano, they realize that the ambiance and atmosphere is definitely inviting and quirky. With plenty of exposed brick, guests can dine in small tables or booths underneath hanging twinkle lights, cured meats, and strings of garlic. The walls themselves are adorned with Hollywood memorabilia and film equipment such as reels. The eclectic and warm atmosphere in Mama Melrose’s Ristorante Italiano are certainly unique and enjoyable for guests.

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4. Specialty Drinks

Guests who are enjoying a meal at Mama Melrose’s Ristorante Italiano love to order up some of the unique and wonderful specialty drinks that the menu offers. Mama’s Margarita combines tequila, triple sec, lime juice, sweet and sour, and orange juice for a delicious option and many guests also love the Double Espresso Martini which combines double espresso vodka, coffee liqueur, Bailey’s Irish Cream, and half and half. Some other specialty drink options include the Italian Surfer, Bellini Cocktail, Bella Cappuccino, and Tiramisu Martini. Guests who are looking for non-alcoholic options can also order up sodas, coffees, and more.

5. Appetizers

While the ambiance and specialty drinks at Mama Melrose’s Ristorante Italiano are wonderful, it is the food that guests will absolutely adore. Appetizer options at the location are all delicious and guests will have a hard time choosing one to order up. Some appetizer options include Oak-Fired Mussels, Margherita Flatbread, Mushroom Flatbread, Carne d’Italia Flatbread, Crispy Calamari, and Vegetarian Minestrone.

6. Entrees

Mama Melrose’s Ristorante Italiano offers up an impressive range of Italian inspired entrees for guests to enjoy daily for lunch and dinner, ensuring that there is an option for every guest to love. Entrée options include Seafood Cioppino, Shrimp Campanelle, Oven-Baked Chicken alla Parmigiana, Mama’s Italian Pasta, Saltimbocca, Grilled Flat Iron Steak, and Mushroom and Herb Cauliflower-Polenta Cake. In addition, there is always a Sustainable Fish and Seasonally-Inspired Chef’s Selection depending on the day and season.

7. Desserts

No meal in Mama Melrose’s Ristorante Italiano is complete without saving room for some delicious dessert, and guests will certainly have a hard time choosing just one option to enjoy! Guests can order up Tiramisu, Traditional Cannoli, Gelato, Cheesecake, or a Chocolate and Cherry Torte. For those who can’t pick just one, the Dessert Sampler offers miniature versions of Mama’s favorite desserts including Valencia Blood Orange Cake, Lemon Cheesecake with Passion Fruit Pearls, and Tiramisu.

8. Kid’s Meals

Guests traveling with children who want to enjoy a meal at Mama Melrose’s Ristorante Italiano need not worry as there is a wonderful kid’s menu full of delicious and nutritional choices. Kids can choose from appetizers including a Garden Salad, Celery and Carrot Sticks, and Vegetarian Minestrone Soup and entrees including Grilled Chicken Breast, Fish of the Day, Cheese Pizza, and Chicken Parmigiana. Kids also have their pick of desserts including a Spaghetti and Meatball Cupcake, Ice Cream Sundae, and Sliced Apples.

About Caitlin Kane

Caitlin Kane first started visiting Walt Disney World when she was two years old, and despite spending most of that trip quarantined with the chicken pox she managed to fall in love with the place. Visiting WDW every year since, she especially loves learning all about the history and small details of the parks and eating/drinking her way through the Epcot International Food & Wine Festival each fall. When she's not in Disney, Caitlin lives in New York and spends her time counting down the days to her next trip.