Today we had the opportunity to go and check out the amazing new Pizza Ponte at Disney Springs.
This pizzeria is apart of the soon-to-come Maria and Enzo’s restaurants, located directly beside the highly anticipated Edison location. As you walk through the door of Pizza Ponte, you are first delighted by old photographs of stunning people, who I presumed to be Maria, Enzo, and their family. It gives this mostly-modern decorated restaurant a hint of the nostalgic with a throwback to Art Deco styling, while combining old with new to create a bustling environment that you can see yourself visiting again and again. With the stunning view of Disney Springs, it’s definitely a place worth checking out.
As we came further into the entryway, we were greeted by very friendly cast members who instantly handed us menus while offering to answer any questions we may have had. Once through the entryway, we were enveloped by the smell of freshly baked dough, accented by the scent of perfectly roasted cheese and toppings, baking in a stunning, galley style kitchen with subway tiling, complete with a stainless-steel, truly Italian espresso machine, adding just a hint of the roasty coffee note into the air.
Though there was a short line, it moved quickly; the cast members are quick and helpful.
The pastry case is filled with beautiful creations that taste as amazing as they look; if it’s true that people eat first with their eyes, then this is truly a feast for the senses. You are greeted by several stunningly gorgeous varieties of pizza, all freshly baked in the pizza oven behind the counter. Pizza not your jam today? There are several Italian sandwiches and salads to choose from as well! There’s even a “cruffin” for those looking for a more adventurous pastry delight.
After perusing our options, including Italian sodas, wine and beers, candies, and ready-to-take treats, we decided on the Forest Mushrooms Pizza slice, Mistacanza salad, Pistachio and Mascarpone Parfait, a Cappuccino, and the Cioccolata (an Italian hot chocolate).
The Forest Mushroom Pizza is topped with cheese, mushrooms, olives, and tomatoes. As you take the first bite, you realize that this is no ordinary pizza; this is a true Italian masterpiece, worthy of its place alongside the genius of Michelangelo, Rafael, and Da Vinci. The Forest Mushroom pizza has a full flavor with a hint of olive oil. This pizza is a roasty delight, and one of the many vegetarian options at Pizza Ponte.
The Mistacanza Salad starts with a bed of mixed greens, topped with various crudité, including red and golden beets, Gorgonzola, candied walnuts, golden cherry tomatoes, red bell peppers, and a lemon vinaigrette. This salad looks and tastes like the flavors and quality that you would expect from a much higher end Italian eatery. There is a different salad available for all of the seafood lovers, that even comes with calamari!
The Pistachio and Mascarpone Parfait is truly a revelation. With subtle hints of pistachio delicately dancing alongside the creamy mascarpone, and highlighted by the bright hint of the strawberry ribbon in the middle, this is one dessert that is not to be missed! It wasn’t overly sweet, so that the true flavors could shine through. This may have made it onto my list of favorite desserts on Disney property. There is also a Nutella parfait that looked incredible!
The coffee choices, while somewhat limited, are made to perfection. The Cappuccino came with the perfect balance of half foam and half milk, accented by beautifully pulled espresso shots with a well-rounded flavor, and not overly bitter aftertaste. The Cioccolata is a semi-sweet hot chocolate, topped with whipped cream. While ours was missing the whipped cream, which we didn’t notice until later (whoops!), the flavor is delightful. It’s slightly lighter than a Starbucks Hot Chocolate but still less sweet than your more traditional grocery-store varieties. Yum! The hot beverages are well-priced and tasty, and a fun change from the daily picks.
Overall, Pizza Ponte is a fun environment, great for guests on the go, or those looking to pick up a quick meal. It has the ambiance of a family-owned pizzeria, with reasonable prices, delicious coffees, and plenty of decadent desserts.