Hey y’all! Grant and I have a fun goal for the new year! Each month we try at least ONE new restaurant at Walt Disney World. For those of you who don’t know, we live right behind the Magic Kingdom and are Annual Passholders, so Disney is what we do for fun. Last month we did Hoop-Dee-Do Revue, you can read that blog post here. While that experience was not “new” to me, it was my first time going since I was a kid, and the first time Grant and I went together. A lot of these we are doing are ones I’ve technically been to before, but they are new for us to experience together. And before Grant and I started dating a few years ago, Walt Disney World was a totally foreign concept to him, so I have to get him caught up lol.
In the month of February we actually ended up going to THREE new restaurants! So I’ll be sharing with you the first one today, Tony’s Town Square Restaurant at the Magic Kingdom (inspired by Lady and the Tramp), which offers American Italian cuisine. Grant and I actually went here for Valentine’s Day this past month. I had been here before but it was probably at least 15 years ago. Needless to say I didn’t remember much of anything.
Tony’s is located on your right at soon as your enter the Magic Kingdom, sharing a building with the Town Square Theatre. The waiting area is very crowded, which wasn’t ideal. But it is Disney so what can you do… Going inside, the decor was beautiful. Checkered floors, dark woods, and the most darling fountain featuring the leading dogs themselves in the center. The restaurant has two different “rooms” as well as an outdoor dining space. The one room reminds me more of an aviary, while the other is more closed in. Overall, the decor gets 10/10; it was definitely on theme!
Getting into the food… The price range is on the “cheaper” side for a sit-down restaurant at WDW. The website says $15-$35, but I would say around $20 is the most common price. We started our meal off with fried calamari as well as bread with oil that is given to everyone. It wasn’t the worst calamari I’ve had, but definitely not the best; for $16 I would pass. The bread was fine, nothing out of the ordinary or special.
For main courses Grant got the Gnocchi Primavera ($20) which ended up being more of a bowl of vegetables instead of gnocchi. There were gnocchi in it, but it was mostly veggies, and Grant is not a veggie person lol. The gnocchi and some veggies were good, but definitely wouldn’t get it again.
I opted for the ravioli ($22), which unfortunately ended up being very disappointing. I should know better because restaurants always charge a lot for ravioli but only give you 4-5 actual raviolis. But what really got me was the vinaigrette of some sort that topped it, as well as it having something in it that was a nut-like texture… No where on the menu did it say it was topped with anything of that sort. It was sour and bitter and made the experience unpleasant, and the nut-like things were just gross and weird. The lemon-parm sauce was delicious, but the strange dressing cancelled it out. You can view the whole menu for Tony’s HERE.
While another trip to Tony’s isn’t immediately on our horizon, if I were to go again I’d opt for something EXTREMELY safe, like spaghetti or chicken parmesan. Neither of us were impressed with the food. Honestly, I prefer the taste of the “Italian” food at Pinocchio’s Village Haus walk-up. If you’re looking for Italian at Disney I would recommend the sit-down in Epcot, Tutto Italia Ristorante. If you’re going to spend money you may as well get something genuinely good and somewhat worth the price.
Kinda disappointed in the fact that this is a somewhat “negative” review, but I wanted to be honest with you all. I know I value honesty, and I hope you do too. I feel like too often people sugar-coat anything having to do with Disney, and that’s not okay. Not everything with the Disney name on it is rainbows and butterflies, and that’s okay to admit!
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