Mama Melrose’s Ristorante Italiano is one of Matt’s and my favorite places to visit for a consistently delicious meal at Hollywood Studios. We have or favorite entrees there, from which we rarely stray, and this visit was no exception. We do, however, like to give a different appetizer a try (last visit we had their Crispy Calamari).
Of course, the meal started with a Disney standard bread alongside seasoned olive oil. While not extraordinary, the bread was really hitting the spot (I took a day off from no carbs – only a little over a week until I can indulge again!)!
After ordering a round of Moretti beers (no new pic – it looks like this beer) and a Bloody Mary (Matt asked for a sample of their mix and it had a good kick to it)…
…We decided on the Bresaola Salad: Thin-sliced Cured Beef, Fava Beans, Sweet peppers, Olives, Arugula, Basil, Lemon, and Extra Virgin Olive Oil.
I don’t know what it was about this dish, but it was really quite good. I was trying to think of a time I’ve had bresaola before, and I couldn’t. While what was being served likely wasn’t the highest standard of the cured meat, and those who’ve had it before would maybe scoff at Disney’s, we enjoyed it so much that we were tempted to order another. The grilled bread’s smokiness was also something we couldn’t get enough of, and we were even eating the fava beans with a smile.
Matt ordered his favorite Penne alla Vodka, made with Pancetta and Sweet Onions and finished with Tomato-Basil Sauce, Cream, Vodka, and Pecorino Romano. This dish brings him back to an Italian restaurant in Manhattan, back in his internship days.
Personally, I’m not crazy about penne alla vodka in general, but Mama Melrose’s is indeed pretty good to me. The serving is very large, so he definitely brought some home for later.
I ordered my favorite, the Carne d’Italia Flatbread, topped with Pepperoni, House-made Sausage, Pancetta, and spicy Marinara Sauce. Cooked in a brick oven, the flat gets a nice char and smoky flavor to it.
Again, the portion is another big one. I didn’t even manage half the pie before packing the rest of it up for dinner. Our server brought us both small-sized take-home containers to make it easier to carry in the park (as opposed to a pizza box for me and a larger container for Matt’s pasta).
Needless to say, we had no room for dessert. 😉 We enjoyed a leisurely lunch, had great service, and left with enough food to enjoy again later in the evening. We typically manage to visit Mama Melrose’s once a year since there are so many other places to write about, but neither of us would mind more frequency than that. Maybe we’ll even stray from our favorites to cover on the blog sometime. 😉 Of course, it’s always nice to know such dishes remain consistently delicious!
Let us know your favorite dishes from Mama Melrose’s!