Mama Melrose's Ristorante Italiano
Mama Melrose's Ristorante Italiano is an eclectic restaurant for lunch or dinner that is lively, warm, and casual. Crammed with interesting things to look at, the whole family will be entertained throughout your meal (why not try a game of I-Spy?), and the menu won’t disappoint – it’s filled with comforting Italian-American favorites!
Spending a day at Disney’s Hollywood Studios is tough work! In one day you can take a journey to space with C-3P0, see a Broadway-style performance of Beauty and the Beast, ride the Los Angels Freeway with Aerosmith, and visit the Twilight Zone! That’s enough to make anyone hungry!
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Mama Melrose's Ristorante Italiano is tucked away in the Streets of America – you might even miss it’s cozy little entrance at first glance. Stepping inside through the bight red and yellow doors, you’ll be swept away by such delicious aromas you’ll swear you were in Little Italy!
Brick walls, red booths, checkered table cloths, twinkle lights, and vines hanging from the ceiling all add to the vibe, and hundreds of pieces of interesting Hollywood memorabilia remind you that Mama Melrose came all the way from Italy to “make it” in Hollywood but opened up a restaurant instead!
Hours and Location
Mama Melrose's Ristorante Italiano is open for seating's daily from 12:00 noon – 7:00pm. It is located behind Muppet Vision 3D in the Streets of America at Disney Hollywood Studios.
The menu at is supposed to be authentic Italian with a California flair – whether it’s authentic or not, it’s got plenty of yummy items for the whole family to enjoy.
Appetizers Crispy Calamari, Mama’s Antipasto, Caesar Salad, Vegetarian Minestrone
Entrees Charred Strip Steak, Pork Osso Buco, Oven Baked Chicken alla Parmigiana, Margherita Flatbread
Desserts Mama’s Panna Cotta, Chocolate Cannoli Cake, Chocolate Amarettini Cheesecake
Kids Garden Salad or Minestrone with Chicken Parmigiana or Pasta and Fruit Salad or “Spaghetti and Meatball” Cupcake
This is a table service restaurant. Expect to pay $15-36 per adult at lunch and dinner, kids meals are priced at $8.59 (plus tax and gratuity), or one Disney Dining Plan Table Service Credit per person.
Reservations are highly recommended, especially for the Fantasmic! Dining Experience – if you want to book that package you must specify so at the time of booking. Reservations can be made 180 days in advance.
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Fantasmic Dining Package
Mama Melrose's is part of the Fantasmic! Dining Experience – a special package that you can buy which includes a prix fixe 3-course meal for each person in your party (lunch and dinner seating's are available) plus a voucher for “reserved seating” at Fantasmic! on the same day at your reservation. This enables you to skip the 60-90 minute wait and arrive 30 minutes prior to showtime, enter a special queue, and still snag a seat. On nights when Fantasmic! is performed twice, you’ll be assigned to the earliest show.
The Fantamic! Dining Experience costs $32.99 per adult and $11.99 per child (plus tax and gratuity) – this includes one appetizer, entrée, dessert, and non-alcoholic beverage per person, plus priority admission to Fantasmic! Only the Premium or Platinum levels of the Disney Dining Plan are eligible for the package, otherwise plan to pay out-of-pocket for this meal.
Disney Restaurant odds and ends
You can make Advanced Dining Reservation 180 days prior to your arrival. This restaurant reservations are required most of the year. These can be made online at Disney's Dining Reservations or by calling 407-WDW-DINE.
This restaurant is part of the Disney Dining Plan. Click on the link for more information about how the plan works.
All Disney Restaurants are non-smoking.
Here are some cool facts about ...
- Mama Melrose's Ristorante Italiano is one of only 3 locations where the Fantasmic! Dinner Experience is offered (the other two are The Hollywood Brown Derby and Hollywood & Vine).
- This restaurant features an open kitchen where you can watch chefs work on dishes right before your eyes!
- There is an authentic, in-use wood burning oven in Mama Melrose’s Ristorante Italiano – the source of an amazing aroma as soon are you walk in the door!
Dad's Bottom Line
Mama Melrose's features some of the best Italian-American Dining in Walt Disney World, and is a particularly good value when booked for the Fantasmic! Dining Package – give it a try!