Maria & Enzo’s Ristorante is now serving incredible Italian Cuisine along The Landing neighborhood of Disney Springs in the Walt Disney World Resort. Step back to another era as you enter this re-purposed airline-terminal-turned-restaurant. Here is our Review of Maria & Enzo’s.
As you enter through the doors of Maria & Enzo’s Ristorante you are immediately transported to a bygone era. At the Passenger Check-In Podium you are greeted by Airline Hostesses/Hosts complete with 1930’s airline attire.
You enter the main dining area from an upper level. Sporting 50 foot ceilings, and large windows overlooking Lake Buena Vista, Maria & Enzo’s is impressive. Ask for a window table if you will be seated close to fireworks time at Hollywood Studios. Be sure to look along the upper level at all of the lovely retro travel posters highlighting beautiful airline travel desitnations. Centrally located, the giant globe is suspended from the center of the ceiling, seemingly as part of a Compass.
We were escorted to a lovely table and our Flight Attendant, Gustavo, was very helpful with menu options and suggestions.
You may be randomly selected (or you can ask) to be seated in the First Class Lounge. This is a more intimate space, perfect for a quieter dinner, and away from the hustle and bustle of the main room.
The menu features traditional Italian Cuisine and over 100 Wines that are primarily Italian of course!
Young, and not-so-young Aviators, also receive their Wings as part of the experience.
We decided to forgo the Wine and ordered Mocktails instead. We had the Sicilian Blush and the Mele Punch. These were, realistically, the only disappointing part of our meal. We found them to be too watered down and we could not taste the cardamom, our primary reason for ordering this one, in the Mele Punch.
We were presented with fresh bread and extra virgin olive oil. The bread had a lovely crust and lent itself well for dipping in the olive oil. While very good, we both agreed we would have liked to have a bit of garlic and sea salt for added flavor.
We began our meal with the Prosciutto Di Parma and Grana Cheese. The Saltiness of the Prosciutto and olives, along with the sweet flavor of the jam, and the sharpness of the Grana Cheese made for an excellent flavor combination. We highly recommend these two options as a starter for your meal.
We moved on to the Caciocavallo Fritto. The Sicilian Cheese really gives this dish its flavor. As the cheese is melted it gives a soft and creamy texture. The sauce was not really spicy so it lended itself to add just enough flavor without taking away from the flavor of the cheese.
For our Main Dishes we chose the Arancini Di Carne and the Filetto with Rosemary Potatoes and Tempura Fried Vegetables. Both of these options were excellent. The Arancini Di Carne was flavorful and cooked to perfection. The Filetto was cooked specifically to Medium with a crispy top and bottom and the Tempura Vegetables had a nice Crunch and a nice flavor.
No meal at the Walt Disney World Resort is complete without dessert. We went with the Enzo’s Torta and the Cassata Siciliana. The Torta was a beautiful Chocolate and Marscapone Cheesecake that was not too sweet and lent itself well as a completion to the meal. The Cassata Siciliana was a traditional sicilian ricotta layered sponge cake. This option was moist and a good bit sweeter. While we really enjoyed this option, as a matter of taste preference, we would ask for it without the chocolate sauce next time.
Maria & Enzo’s Ristorante did not disappoint. We plan to go back to try a couple of other items, including some Italian Wine and The Cannoli! Maria & Enzo’s is open from 11:30am-12:00am daily in The Landing Neighborhood of Disney Springs at the Walt Disney World Resort. A weekend Brunch is to be introduced at the end of this month. While we found prices to be a little steep, we still recommend a meal at Maria & Enzo’s Ristorante as this incredible Italian Cuisine is definitely worth a try.
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