Pass below the train station, step onto Main Street, and get ready to enter Tony’s Town Square Restaurant. With turn-of-the-century charm, sentimental Italian music, and delicious Italian fare in the middle of the magic, this cozy eatery is on my list of favorite restaurants for six big reasons.
6. The theming
This is the place where Lady and the Tramp had their first kiss, and a picture of the lovebirds can’t be missed on the window of the atrium. The restaurant’s namesake, Tony, is none other than the Italian chef that served spaghetti to our main characters. The stars of this show appear when you first walk into the waiting area; the animated classic movie is played continuously on the TV in a comfortable parlor setting. This is a great way to keep kids occupied while you wait. Keep in mind that this is always a popular spot and reservations are recommended. The hosts and hostesses have charming Victorian costumes and welcome you inside when it is your turn to be seated. Be sure to ask at the check-in desk for an autograph from Lady and the Tramp. Another lovely touch is how the restaurant places a candle in an old Chianti bottle on tables of those guests celebrating a special occasion.
5. The views
Some of the best views of the Main Street town square can be had while you are dining. You can even be lucky enough to have a prime parade viewing spot if you time your meal just right. Other areas inside the restaurant let guests gaze at characters and scenes from the movie decorating the walls, other memorabilia, or the classic fountain depicting the love struck Lady and the Tramp.
4. The outdoor patio
There are three main dining areas in this comfortable family restaurant, and the most unique is the lovely outdoor patio. It’s nicely shaded, framed with lush hanging baskets, and offers a relaxing way to view Main Street. You might see a parade, character meet-and greets, the Flag Retreat Ceremony, the Dapper Dans, and excited guests strolling down Main Street.
3. The sunroom
The sunroom or atrium offers the same wonderful views of Main Street with lovely windows and skylights to welcome in the sun, but has the added plus of air conditioning on a hot day or welcoming warmth during the cooler months.
2. The food
The menu doesn’t offer gourmet Italian dishes, but it’s freshly prepared and tasty. Both lunch and dinner are offered, and the Disney Dining Plan as well as Tables in Wonderland can be used here. There are several different offerings of appetizers, salads, and soups. Meals include pasta dishes, steak and seafood, sandwiches, delicious flatbreads, and of course the scrumptious spaghetti and meatballs that Lady and the Tramp made famous. Desserts include gelato, cheesecake, crème Brule, sorbet, and tiramisu. In my experiences, the servers have always been friendly, knowledgeable, and very helpful in making suggestions. Meals are served with a genuine smile. The staff always made sure our drinks were refilled promptly and were eager to ensure we were satisfied.
1. The fountain
The heart of this fun eatery is the centerpiece fountain famously portraying Lady and the Tramp. Romantic, playful, and classic Disney all at once. Wouldn’t this place be a great spot for a romantic marriage proposal? With only a handful of table-service restaurants in the Magic Kingdom, Tony’s Town Square is not to be missed.