Mama Melroses’ Ristorante Italiano is a family friendly, traditional Italian restaurant located right in the heart of the backlot at Disney’s Hollywood Studios theme park.
We sent our resident Mouze foodie, Shannan from Addicted to Mickey, to let us know how her dining experience here was, and find out if she would love it.
“With only 5 table service dining options at Disney’s Hollywood Studios and Italian being my favorite cuisine, of course I chose Mama Melroses’ Ristorante Italiano for my dining option there! This restaurant is located near the Streets of America. We arrived at reservation time and had to sit on benches for 15 minutes before being seated. You can see the kitchen, which was very busy, as you are being seated. “
“The wood fired brick ovens were really neat to see. The ambience is like that of many Walt Disney World restaurants. It is casual and somewhat loud with dim lighting. It is also very themed. The walls have photos of the many stars that have dined at Mama’s. We were seated and give menus, but it was quite a while before the waiter returned to get our drink orders. This was fine with us because we weren’t in a hurry to get anywhere, but other diners may be perturbed by the wait.
We were served hard bread with olive oil and herb dipping sauce to hold us over until we got our meal. It was pretty good. We ate at Mama’s for dinner. It appeared the lunch and dinner menu were the same. My daughter Erin ordered from the child’s menu. The kids pick includes an appetizer, entrée and dessert. She chose a garden salad, spaghetti and an ice cream sundae. She is a salad eater and said it was great. All the guys had the charred strip steak over Italian roasted potatoes with caramelized onions, aged Balsamic shallot butter and Chiato wine reduction. They each ordered their steaks medium well.”
“I would have called what they got more of a medium rare. There were portions of it that they couldn’t even eat. I had the Carne d Italia flat bread. Basically, this is a flat bread pizza with pepperoni, Italian sausage, picatta and spicy marinara. Not just your regular old pizza, this thing was delicious! I don’t eat sausage, so I shared that with my son Zachary.”
Curious about the cost to eat at Mama Melroses’? We have all the info. you need.
Caesar Salad with crisp Romaine Lettuce, Caesar Dressing, and Herb Croutons $5.99
Clams Oreganata - Oak-fired Clams cooked in Oregano Butter with Italian Sausage over Toasted Foccacia $10.99
Crispy Calamari for Two – topped with Grilled Peppers and Onions served with Dipping Sauces $12.99
Fresh Mozzarella and Vine-Ripened Tomatoes with Marinated Sweet Onions, Balsamic Drizzle, Basil-scented Olive Oil, and Sweet Basil Leaves $7.99
Mama’s Antipasto for Two – Selection of Italian Meats, Cheeses, and Marinated Vegetables $14.99
Mixed Green Salad with Dried Cherry Vinaigrette, Candied Walnuts, fresh Pear, and imported Gorgonzola Cheese $7.49
Vegetarian Minestrone with Ditalini Pasta $5.49
Seafood Cioppino - Fresh Clams, Shrimp, Calamari, and Mussels tossed with Fregola Pasta and a flavorful Tomato Seafood Broth $21.99
Wood-Grilled Tuna over a Seasonal Vegetable Risotto, Warm Vine-ripened Diced Red and Yellow Tomatoes, and Olive-Caper Butter $21.99
Charred Strip Steak with Five-Cheese Baked Macaroni, Aged Balsamic-Shallot Butter, and Chianti Wine Reduction $28.99
Chicken Campanelle - Wood-grilled Chicken and Campanelle Pasta tossed in a Four-Cheese Sauce with Broccoflower, Sun-dried Tomatoes, fresh Spinach, and Sweet Onions $18.99 With Substitute Shrimp $19.99
Penne alla Vodka with Pancetta and Sweet Onions finished with Tomato-Basil Sauce, Cream, Vodka, and Pecorino Romano $16.99
Pork Milanese over Roasted Fingerling Potatoes tossed in a Pancetta Vinaigrette with a Grilled Lemon $21.99
Oven-baked Chicken alla Parmigiana over Spaghetti $17.99
Hand-rolled Potato Gnocchi with Seasonal Roasted Vegetables in Basil Pesto $18.99
Piccata di Pesce - Fresh Fish Sautéed in a White Wine Lemon Butter Sauce with Caperberries, Spinach, and Whole Wheat Pasta $20.99
Seasonal Marianated Vegetble Flatbread with a Sun-dried Tomato and Caprino Spread $11.99
Carne D’Italia Flatbread with Pepperoni, Italian Sausage, Pancetta, and spicy Marinara Sauce $12.99
Grilled Chicken Flatbread with House-made Ricotta Cheese, Spinach Oil, and Sweet Onion Relish $12.99
Margherita Flatbread with fresh Mozzarella, Tomato Sauce,Extra Virgin Olive Oil, and fresh Basil $11.99
Back to Shannan…
“Now, on to dessert! My daughter Erin had her ice cream sundae with a birthday surprise candle. My husband Paul had the Mama’s Panna Cotta, which is Tiramisu flavored custard with lady fingers in a cappuccino sauce.”
“This was way too much coffee flavor for me but Paul loved it. My son Clay chose the chocolate Amarettini cheesecake. This is a chocolate cheese cake with cookie crust, almond cream and Italia Amarettini cookies- another one that was just not for me.”
“My son Zachary had the no-sugar-added Mascarpone pound cake with limoncello macerated berries and fresh whipped cream. This was my favorite of all the desserts we had here.”
“I chose the Chocolate Cannoli cake. It was basically a chocolate cake with cannoli filling and topped with a Nutella Ganache with red wine sauce. Now, I love chococlate and this dessert was ok, but I passed it around the table and ate Zachary’s pound cake instead!”
Curious about the cost of these fabulous deserts?
Seasonal Panna Cotta - No Sugar Added Vanilla Flavored Custard with Seasonal Fruit Compote $5.99
Tiramisu Semifreddo - Layers of Mascarpone Cheese, Lady Fingers, and Marsala Wine over Coffee Sauce served “Half-frozen” $5.99
Chocolate Cannoli Cake - Chocolate Cake filled with Cannoli Filling topped with Nutella Ganache and served with a Chianti Red Wine Sauce $5.99
Gelato - Choice of Chocolate, Vanilla, or Spumoni $4.49
Chocolate Amarettini Cheesecake - Chocolate-flavored Cheesecake with a Cookie Crust, Almond Cream, and Italian Amarettini Cookies $5.49
Cafe Mocha $4.69
Frozen Cappuccino $4.69
Dessert Cocktails from $7.25 to $9.50
2 oz. Cognacs from $10.25 to $17.00
2 oz. Cordials from $8.00 to $10.25
Remember that menu items and prices are alwys subject to change without notice.
When you finish dessert, you can always head over to this ride, where you’ll have lots of time to let your food settle.
Details you need to know.
The Disney Dining Plan is accepted.
You can make reservations in Advance.
Kids meals are available.
Guests ages 21 and older can enjoy a carafe of Mama’s sangria, a cold beer or a glass of wine.
An 18% service charge is added for parties of six or more.
Why you will love Mama Melroses’ Ristorante Italiano…
If you are fan of dark lighting, plus the fantastic aroma of Italian cooking filling the entire restaurant, and a warm family atmosphere, you will love this restaurant. The prices certainly are not inexpensive, but they are not a Californi Grill level either.
Did Shannan love it? All in all we had a decent experience. Other than the slow waiter, delayed seating and under cooked steak, it was fine. It is not really a restaurant I would add to my must-do list. They offer a Fantasmic! dining package. This could be a future must-do!
Just what is The Fantasmic! Dining Package?
When you make lunch or dinner reservations for Mama Melrose’s Ristorante Italiano, book the Fantasmic! Dining Package to receive designated seating during this spectacular nighttime show at Disney’s Hollywood Studios. You will watch the heroic struggle of Mickey Mouse as he faces classic Disney villains in a lavish production that will thrill the whole family. You can make reservations here online or call (407) WDW-DINE or (407) 939-3463 up to 180 days in advance.
If you do not book the Fantasmic! Dining Package, you could be in for a long wait!
Thanks for stopping by for a photographical Disney ride, or in this case a meal, and thanks to Shannan for her photos and her willingness to try new foods!
Shannan is 35-years-old and was born and raised in a small town in middle Tennessee. Her husband Paul, of 13 years and their 3 children share my love and passion of Disney. “We don’t get to go near as often as we want to, but as often as we can. “Each time I go to Disney, I try new experiences in lodging and dining so I can share it with friends and family that seek my advice on trip planning!”