Lunch at Mama Melrose’s Ristorante Italiano

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).

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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!)!

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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)…

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…We decided on the Bresaola Salad: Thin-sliced Cured Beef, Fava Beans, Sweet peppers, Olives, Arugula, Basil, Lemon, and Extra Virgin Olive Oil.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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).

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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!

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6 responses to “Lunch at Mama Melrose’s Ristorante Italiano

  1. We haven’t eaten at Mama Melrose’s in YEARS – and those experiences weren’t too great. Guess we might need to give it another try.

  2. Whenever we visit, we usually have a reservations and are on no time constraints. We like to take our time there: ordering a drink, deciding on an appetizer, waiting for the app to arrive before placing our entree order… It’s kind of like how we like to linger at Sci-Fi, just enjoying the atmosphere. 🙂

  3. I last ate here in 2005 and it was good. I wouldn’t compare it to locations outside of the studios, but in terms of a table service there, I’d say it’s the best. We enjoyed our meal and back then, they had a killer sangria that we enjoyed. We enjoyed quite a bit actually. We ordered a pitcher and asked for two glasses because we were going to split it. They brought us the pitcher, but then also brought us two single orders of sangria. So we both had a glass, and then split the pitcher which was an additional 2 1/2 glasses each. We were feeling good to say the least. 🙂

  4. I’ll have to try their Sangria next time I’m there. 🙂 I like Via Napoli’s, and Spice Road Tables was very enjoyable. I could splurge on the $34 pitcher. 😉

  5. We haven’t eaten there since before the menu and staff overhaul of a few years ago. Our experiences prior to that weren’t positive, but your good review puts it back on our radar. We’re pretty picky about Italian food, though. Il Mulino and Portobello are the only Italian restaurants on WDW property that we enjoy. Between that and how little time we’ve spent in Hollywood Studios on our last few trips, it might be a while before we try Mama Melrose’s again.

  6. If you’re picky about Italian, it might not be the best choice, but for a park meal, it’s solid. We know which items we enjoy and virtually never stray with the exception of a new app. 🙂 Between your preferences on Italian food, your favorite places to visit, and the amount of time you spend at DHS, it would probably be worth your time to visit a restaurant there you KNOW you love. If you’re looking to try something new, though, Mama’s is a good bet! 🙂