Mama Melrose is tucked away in the very back of Hollywood Studios I feel as though this is the often missed out on dining opportunity of the park. I have found that the food here is really hit or miss. You can either have a fantastic meal or a meh meal and this last trip I think I figured out the key to success. So the secret is you don’t order traditional Italian dishes and you will love your meal here.
Mama Melrose Quick Breakdown
Type of Food: Italian, Vegetarian-Friendly, Allergy Options
Location: Hollywood Studios
Disney Dining Plan: Yes, 1 Credit
Discounts: Annual Passholder, Tables in Wonderland
Features: Reservations, Alcohol
Good For: Casual Dining
Menu: Official Disney Dinner Menu
A Tour Around Mama Melrose’s
Outside of Mama Melrose
I was so hungry on this trip I didn’t even stop to take photos of the inside! Sorry guys, next time I will get some and update this posts with the decor inside. It has a nice quaint feel and is covered with all sorts of little knickknacks. The story goes that Mama came west from Italy to make her name in Hollywood. While the actress fame didn’t pan out, she opened her “Ristorante Italiano” and gained a place in the heart of her new city that way!
Mama Melrose’s Dishes
The following is a few of the dishes we have tried from their menu.
Bread and Oil to start off your meal at Mama Melrose.
Pretty much your standard rolls with an awesome seasoned oil. The taste is along the lines of what you would find at Bonefish Grill or Carrabbas.
Oven-baked Chicken alla Parmigiana
This is the item I liked the least out of what we ordered. It just tasted like Prego sauce out of the jar, way too sweet and something fake tasting with the seasoning. I ate it but I didn’t enjoy it, I can pick up way better chicken parmigiana at the Carrabas right outside of Disney off of 192.
Chef’s Selection Pork Shank
I was pretty sure I was going to hate trying this dish but surprisingly I loved it. The pork melted in my mouth and was packed with flavor. Not sure what was in those mashed potatoes but they were so good!
Charred Strip Steak: Four-Cheese Macaroni with Pancetta, Aged Balsamic-Shallot Butter, and a Chianti Wine Reduction
The MAC AND CHEESE yummm! The steak was full of flavor and nice and tender, cooked perfectly on this trip. I feel like this dish sums up comfort food perfectly.
Mama Melrose Recommendation
To summarize, next trip I would go with the steak here! After having their sauces I recommend steering clear of the pasta dishes on the menu, I think it will disappoint.
If you are interested in booking a reservation for Mama Melrose you can do so through My Disney Experience. We find reservations are rather easy to make here last-minute so you don’t have to rush when booking this restaurant.
Want more dining tips? Check out our Best Disney World Restaurants recommendations along with Worst Disney Dining Sit Down Restaurants. If you are visiting with young ones read our Best Places to Eat with Kids at Disney World.
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