Controversial Disney World Restaurant Overhauls Menu

Mama Melrose's Menu Overhaul
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There are nearly four hundred places to grab a bite to eat at Walt Disney World Resort. They range in everything from snack kiosks, where guests can grab a Mickey pretzel, to quick service spots like Flame Tree BBQ at Animal Kingdom and Cosmic Ray’s Starlight Café at the Magic Kingdom. And, of course, there are plenty of places where guests can sit down and enjoy a top-notch meal while being waited on by incredible Disney cast members. Each of these eateries has its own vibe and own incredible options.

San Angel Inn Restaurante

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Unfortunately, not every restaurant at The Most Magical Place on Earth can be a winner. There are certain restaurants like Via Napoli Restaurante and Topolino’s Terrace that consistently receive rave reviews. Then, there are those spots that constantly receive a ton of criticism and are ranked at the bottom of good Disney World dining locations.

One of those bottom restaurants is Mama Melrose’s Ristorante Italiano at Disney’s Hollywood Studios.

Mama Melrose’s was known for its classic Italian dishes, but many guests felt that there were much better Italian places to dine on property. One TikTok video even called a meal there the “worst meal I’ve ever had at Disney”.


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But it looks like Disney is ready to up its game and move Mama Melrose’s to a better position in the Disney restaurant hierarchy. And the first step they have taken is to give the menu an overhaul.

Let’s start with the appetizers. There are so many new menu items that guests can indulge in at Mama Melrose’s! The changed menu now includes a Burrata Salad, a Mushroom Artichoke Cheese Dip, Marinated Olives, Housemade Garlic Bread, Tomato Bruschetta, and Fried Mozzarella Sticks.

Mama Melrose's new manu

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Then, Mama Melrose’s chefs have added a whopping six new main dishes to the menu! Guests can now enjoy Fettuccine Alfredo with Shrimp, Braised Pork Osso Bucco, a classic Rigatoni Bolognese, a Prosciutto and Honey Pizza, a Mushroom and Goat Cheese Pizza, and Mama’s Italian Pasta with Chicken. We don’t even know which dish to start with!

Rigatoni Mama Melrose's

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And, of course, Disney didn’t forget about the best part of the meal — dessert! Mama Melrose’s kept some classics like Tiramisu, Gelato, and the Mini Cannoli Trio. They have also added Pasticciotti Cream Tart and a Goat Cheese Mousse Tart. For those who might not have heard of Pasticciotti, it is a traditional filled Italian pastry. However, instead of filling it with a pastry cream, like an éclair, a Pasticciotti is filled with either ricotta cheese or egg custard.

Goat Cheese Mousse Tart Mama Melrose's

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The menu only just changed, so head on over to Mama Melrose’s to give everything a try! Reservations are not required to dine at Mama Melrose’s but are highly recommended, especially during busy times of the year. Disney World is currently experiencing Spring Break crowds, so we recommend trying to snag a reservation in advance!

Do you love Mama Melrose’s in Disney’s Hollywood Studios? Or do you think it’s one of Disney World’s worst restaurants? Let us know in the comments!

About Krysten Swensen

A born and bred New England girl living the Disney life in Southern California. I love to read, to watch The Golden Girls, and love everything to do with Disney and Universal. I also love to share daily doses of Disney on my Disney Instagram @BrazzleDazzleDisney!

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