Maria & Enzo’s Ristorante Lunch Review

We had chosen to take our family to lunch & a movie in Disney Springs for a belated Valentine’s day weekend. We chose Maria & Enzo’s because we felt that this beautifully themed, Italian restaurant offered a romantic ambiance perfect to set the mood for the holiday.

A grand staircase leads down into this storied restaurant that is set in an airline terminal from the 1930’s. The beautifully decorated, 50 foot high ceilings and windows offer tranquil views of Lake Buena Vista. Vintage maps and artifacts are playfully on display throughout the restaurant.

Overview

Location: Disney Springs
Hours: 
lunch 11:30am – 3:30pm
dinner 5:00pm – 10:00pm
Dining Style: Table Service, Italian food
Atmosphere: romantic & spacious
My review of this experience: 5 out of 5 stars

Menu

Review from our Experience
We wanted to see if we could walk into this restaurant & enjoy a late lunch without a reservation. We arrived around 1:00 and were seated right after checking in. Reservations are always recommended, but this restaurant offers plenty of seating if you do not have a reservation. The theme of this restaurant is eye catching and colorful with lots to look at inside and outside the lake view windows. Families are welcome, but I can see this being the perfect setting for a romantic dinner for two.
About the food
Our meal was started with bread service. The bread was fresh & delicious with a soft warm center and a crisp crust. The authentic olive oil complimented it well.
We chose to order from the Prix Fix Menu for $21 per person. We thought this was a good value for the food & experience offered. When ordering from the Prix Fix menu each person can select a pasta dish “Antipasti” and a main course “Secondi”. We had trouble choosing so we ordered one of each.
Although we did not order from the kid’s menu, my son is young enough to get one and the menus are adorable and comes with a cute little wings pin that you see in the photo above.
Antipasti (Photos below)
– The Cesare Salad was arguably the largest portion of the three options. It was topped with a generous layer of fresh Parmesan cheese and the dressing had a wonderful tang with lots of flavor. The croutons were delicious & small pieces were well blended throughout the salad.
– The Caprese in Carozza had lovely flavors that complimented one another and tasted well mixed in one bite on the fork. The cheese was well cooked with a crisp crust & tender inside without being stringy & difficult to cut or eat.
– The Polpettine plate offered two large meatballs that were moist & tender & not overdone. The creamy, ricotta, tomato sauce was very complimentary to the dish.

Secondi/Main Course (Photos Below)
– The Ravioli Alla Panna plate had 4 large, beautifully filled ravioli smothered in the smooth Parmesan cream sauce. The ravioli were filled with a three cheese blend but most of the flavor came from the ricotta cheese.
– On the Shrimp Fra Maria plate, the linguini seemed slightly underdone. I like a lot of sauce so the sauce seemed a little scarce, but the juicy, large, plentiful shrimp made up for any shortcomings with this dish.
– The Chicken Parmigiana seemed to be the largest portion of the meal. The breaded chicken was topped with plenty of sauce & cheese. The penne pasta was well cooked & tender. The chicken pieces were top grade without a single tough or grisly bite that I typically expect with chicken.

The service was very good in true Disney fashion. Our server helped us with a big smile & made polite conversation. He also kept our drinks refilled and got the food to our table in a timely manner. We will certainly keep this restaurant on our list for our future endeavors in Disney Springs.

What I would change for next time
I will try the Sirloin Steak Pizzaiola and indulge in a canoli for dessert. This time we were on our way to a movie in Disney Springs & we wanted to save room for popcorn. 😉

Additional Information
If you are intrigued by this restaurant & love the historical feeling, make time to complete your culinary journey through time and visit Enzo’s Hideaway Tunnel for an enjoyable meal & experience. Read my review of Enzo’s Hideaway HERE


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Enzo’s Hideaway Lunch Review

After feasting our way through the holidays & being spoiled by all of the good food, we couldn’t just end our holiday week with McDonald’s. We had to have some gourmet, food at Walt Disney World. We chose to have lunch at Enzo’s Hideaway Tunnel Bar in Disney Springs. Contrary to the title, this family friendly atmosphere is stunning and tells an intriguing story that does not disappoint.

The story of this restaurant refers to Maria & Enzo’s Restaurante as well as The Edison in Disney Springs and it goes like this…

While inspecting the building prior to taking full ownership, Enzo discovered a long-hidden place below the terminal that connected to abandoned sections of the next-door power plant. To Enzo’s astonishment, he came across a Prohibition-era hideaway where a team of flying rum-runners once gathered. Evidence of smuggler activity remained, untouched for decades. Enzo decided that the space might make an irresistible spot for dining and socializing to highlight the family recipes he grew up on, highlighting specialties from Rome and nearby regions.

An Italian Restaurant & Speakeasy, this restaurant is a fun & novel place to dine in Disney Springs and I will definitely visit it again. Following it’s name & story line, it is a bit of a hidden gem that can be easy to get into even when you don’t have a reservation.

Overview

Location: Disney Springs
Hours:
lunch 11:30am – 3:30pm
dinner 5:00pm – 10:00pm
Dining Style: Table Service, Italian food
Atmosphere: Mysterious & edgy
My review of this experience: 5 out of 5 stars

Menu

Review from our Experience
After enjoying a movie in Disney Springs, we decided at the last minute to have lunch at Enzo’s Hideaway. They were happy to accommodate us, with no wait, even though we did not have a reservation. Reservations are recommended, but this restaurant is a good place to start if you do not.
I was immediately impressed with the theme of this restaurant as we rounded the corner into the hideaway. It is what you would imagine a speakeasy to look like starting with the slot in the entrance door through the brick entrance, complete with graffiti on the walls, and ending with the hidden tunnel in the back. Yes, it DOES have a hidden tunnel where you can imagine the rum runners making a quick exit from the police during prohibition. We had a wonderful history lesson with our children over this meal. 😉
About the food
– The Bread service was good with optional oil & I like to dip my bread in oil. The oil was very authentic and maybe a little bitter to my palate.
– The Classic Lasagna was cheesy & a very large portion. It was cooked well and the flavor was blended.
– The Branzino or Sea Bass, was tender & flaky with a slight lemon flavor. The grapes and green beans were complimentary to the fish. My husband did not care for the green beans because they were sauteed and remained a little crisp.
– The Roasted Chicken Saltimbacca was my favorite. This delicious chicken was cooked to perfection and well seasoned with a tender inside and slightly crispy on the outside skin. The vegetables with it were all perfect from the tender artichokes to the broccoli and a nice flavor was added with a few capers. The entire plate was a scrumptious medley of flavors that blended well.
– Chocolate Ice Cream was for dessert for my youngest & he loved the waffle chip that came with it the most.
– Of course I had to try the Canoli and it did not disappoint. I wanted to lick the plate after finishing it, but thought that might be frowned upon.

We finished every bit of food on our plates and since we just consumed two buckets of popcorn at the movie prior to this lunch, that tells you that the food must have been good.

The service seemed slightly European in nature. We had to ask every time we wanted more water and they only filled the one glass. Other than that the service was prompt and with a smile in true Disney fashion.

I see this place as the perfect guys getaway or bachelor get together before a wedding. It can also be a little on the romantic side and even fun for a girlfriend celebration. Any history buff will get a huge kick out of seeing this & if your kids are missing school they can tell the history teacher that they got to learn about a speakeasy when they were on vacation.

What I would change for next time
The only thing I might change for next time is not filling up on popcorn first so that I have room to try the Cannoli Sundae that looked so inviting for dessert.

Additional Information
To complete your visit to this restaurant, you have to find the ‘hidden tunnel’. If you are having trouble finding it, just make a trip to the restroom. 😉


Let me help plan the details of your Walt Disney World Vacation!

Which hotel is the right fit for your family? Where to dine, attractions, crowds and all that goes along with planning a vacation is a lot to think about.  With a Disney-focused travel agent by your side, you can plan as much or as little as you desire.  My planning assistance all comes at NO additional cost to you and is based on countless hours of personal experience.

  • Receive a welcome packet when you book, with  park information & a custom planning calendar.
  • Dining reservation assistance. Let me help you make your dining reservations for those popular Disney Restaurants. *based on availability
  • Fastpass+ assistance.  Undecided on which attractions are the best for your family? I’m happy to help you plan to utilize your Fastpasses to your advantage and will also provide assistance making those reservations *based on availability
  • Itinerary plans and printed itinerary with added suggestions to optimize your day and your experiences.
  • Fee-Free Planning. All of my planning assistance is complimentary when you book your trip through me, you will get all of the services that Disney offers, plus the personalized service that I offer.
  • Custom Client Portal – I always like to stay on top of the newest technology and once you are booked, we can set up a free client portal where we can share documents & you can view details about your vacation.
  • Help planning visits to other Orlando area attractions outside of the Disney theme parks.  If you are considering adding other Orlando attractions to your vacation, why not get assistance from someone who is local and has been there?

You get all of this complimentary planning, and more, when you book your Disney vacation through Melissa of Pixie Dust Adventures (me).  Click here to visit my website & fill out a quote form, or contact me so we can set up a time to chat about your dream vacation.

Melissa And THE Mouse

Thank you for reading.  My name is Melissa and I am a Disney fanatic, I’m also a travel agent.  You will find me almost every weekend in one of the Disney theme parks with my family exploring all of the newest things that Disney has to offer.
Melissa Mathies – Pixie Dust Adventures
www.PixieDustAdventures.com
Melissa@PixieDustAdventures.com

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