Mama Melrose’s Ristorante Italiano

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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!



Look for the bright yellow and red awning! Photo by Cliff Wang

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!

What to Expect

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!


The restaurant is located at the dead end of Grand Avenue, in the back of the courtyard that houses Muppet*Vision 3D and PizzeRizzo at Disney’s Hollywood Studios.  Look for the bright red and yellow awning!

Dad’s Disney Hollywood Studios page

Lunch and Dinner

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.  Think pasta, flatbreads, a pretty good steak, and of course – cheesecake.


See the most up-to-date menu from Disney here.

Advanced Dining Reservations

This is a popular spot so Advanced Dining Reservations are a must.  Make them 180 days out – and specify if you want a regular reservation (where you can order anything you want) or a Fantasmic! Dining Package (which gets you one entrée, one dessert, and one non alcoholic beverage plus a ticket to see Fantasmic! that night without waiting in line or getting a FastPass+)

Dad’s Advanced Dining Reservations page

The Disney Dining Plan

Dining at Mama Melrose’s counts as a Table Service Credit on the Disney Dining Plan.

Dad’s Disney Dining Plan page


Destinations to Travel

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!