Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Mama Melrose's Restaurant Review (with pics)

Mama Melrose's in Disney's Hollywood Studios offers classic Italian dishes with a contemporary flair. The menu has a variety of entrees from brick-oven flatbread pizzas to oak-grilled steaks to seafood. And of course you'll find the traditional pasta creations we all love.

The entrance to Mama Melrose's is located in The Streets of America near Muppet Vision 3-D. You can easily recognize it by the brightly-colored red and yellow doors. As you can see in the photo above, guests are welcome to park their strollers in the area just outside the entrance.

Upon entering, you will check-in at the podium (pictured above right) and wait to be seated. It is highly recommended to have a reservation in advance (to avoid long waits).

The decor is a mixture of old world Italy and Hollywood memorabilia.

Depending on your party size, you will either be seated in a booth or table. As you can see from the images above, the lighting is very dim. I really enjoy the ambiance and although we've always eaten here with our kids, I would also consider it a romantic restaurant option for those of you traveling without.

We started off with an appetizer of Artisan Breads with Sun-Dried Tomato Pesto, Roasted Garlic and Eggplant spreads. My favorite was the Roasted Garlic.

My hubby and older son both ordered the Chicken alla Parmigiana over Spaghetti but substituted the Four-Cheese Cream Sauce for the Marinara. They said it was delicious.

I ordered the traditional Chicken alla Parmigiana on a bed of Spaghetti. It was good but since the pasta wasn't well-drained it left a watery mess at the bottom of my dish.

My mother preferred this Charred Sirloin Steak with Italian Roasted Potatoes over the one she had at Coral Reef.

And my younger son absolutely loved this Grilled Pepperoni Flatbread Pizza (minus the bell peppers and sweet onions). I think I might try this next time we dine here.

For dessert, I had the Crema Limone which is Italian Lemon Custard over fresh berrries topped with whipped cream and a biscotti. It was yum.

My younger son really liked the Chocolate Gelato. The other flavor options are: vanilla and spumoni.

My older son had the Honey-Hazelnut and Ricotta Cheesecake (which I believe has now been replaced on the menu with a Chocolate Amerettini Cheesecake).

Hubby ordered the Molten Chocolate Cake with Praline and Raspberry Sauce. The chocolate "lava" inside was good and sweet but the cake was like a rock. :(

Since it was my mother's birthday, the cast members surprised her with a Build-Your-Own Sundae: vanilla ice cream, chocolate sauce, whipped cream and Mickey sprinkles.

I would say that overall it was a great experience dining here, although my family agrees that Sci-Fi Dine-In Theater and 50s Primetime Cafe are still our favorites (for obvious reasons). Well, thanks for reading this review and I hope it helps with your Disney World planning. Have a Magical Day!

Mama Melrose's is currently 1 (one) Table Service Meal on the Disney Dining Plan. You can make reservations 180 days in advance by calling 407-W-DISNEY or online at