Side by side with your loved one
You’ll find enchantment here
The night will weave its magic spell
When the one you love is near
Disney’s Magic Kingdom park is a mecca of dining opportunities, often overshadowed by the gems many camp out in front of their computer or My Disney Experience account up to six months in advance to get, like Be Our Guest or Cinderella’s Royal Table.
Little do they know that somewhere special is right in front of their nose the whole time.
May I present to you Tony’s Town Square Resteraunt. Located right next door to the Town Square Theater Meet and Greet on Main Street USA.
Tony’s is a gem all of it’s own, what it lacks in character dining flare, it makes up for in its theming. Based off the 1955 Disney animated film Lady and the Tramp, Tony’s takes you to that beautiful night, that Bella Notte, when the dynamic doggo duo fell in love. Artwork and atmosphere take you to that place where love began, from beautiful artwork and Italian style kitchen props gracing the walls to the cutest little fountain I have ever seen, it’s all a feast for the eyes as much as it is for the food itself.
I mean, come on, even the restrooms have cute theming as well. (This honestly gave me a good chuckle.)
But what about the food?
Tony’s is an Italian restaurant serving up classic Italian dishes, from classics like pizza and chicken parmigiana to the infamous first date spaghetti dinner of Lady and Tramp, complete with giant meatballs. Needless to say, I hope you packed your appetite, as the portion sizes are actually up there with the prices. You get what you paid for, so much so many people around us shared their meals “Family Style” despite being sold as individual plates.
Although there are options for antipasti or appetizers, there really wasn’t a need for it, considering the table gets offered a nice plate of breadsticks with a garlic and olvie oil dipping sauce. Great way to start a truly authentic meal.
I had the Chicken Parmigiana, a lightly breaded chicken breast topped with mozzarella cheese and Tony’s marinara sauce, served over a plate of spaghetti. A simple dish sure packs a lot of flavor, the sauce flavorful and hearty, the cheese super creamy, and the chicken nice and tender. For a girl who grew up in a half Italian family, this dish gave me a taste of home.
My bestie Amanda ordered Shrimp Fettuccine Alfredo, which is also offered in chicken form as well. This delectable portion of shrimp is served on a bed of fettuccine with a nice creamy Alfredo sauce drizzled on. It wasn’t too much and it wasn’t too little, but somehow rationed into the perfect dish that any Alfredo fan would enjoy.
Although stuffed full of Italian goodness, we decided to treat ourselves to dessert. Despite being small in comparison to other dessert menus on property I have seen, the choices offered at Tony’s pack in the sweetness and variety that anyone with a sweet tooth would love. From Gelato or Cannolis, a simple chocolate cake or cheesecake, each item looked and sounded so amazing, it was hard to pick just one.
In the end, I went with the Tarimisu,Kahlúa Espresso-soaked Lady Fingers and Whipped Mascarpone topped with Mocha Cream. I have had plenty of Tarimisu in my lifetime, but never of this size. Holy Hannah, this piece was huge. I almost didn’t finish the whole thing. The Kahlúa was strong with this one, and in a good way. The lady fingers soft and dainty (like anything called lady should be.) And the strawberry a nice touch to an already note worthy dessert.
Amanda, being the typical New Yorker she is, decided to go for the cheesecake. Although small in comparison to the Tarimisu, the cheesecake was super rich, much like the famous cheesecakes served up in the Big Apple itself. A small side of strawberries complete the course, which vary by season according to the menu.
Tony’s is a great little getaway from the hustle and bustle of Main Street and the ultimate date night or bestie lunch. It might not have the Belles and whistles (see what I did there?) of other popular eateries nearby, but one stop into this quant bistro will easily make you fall in love.
It’s a Bella Notte anytime of day. Bone appetit!
Shout out to Amanda for treating me to this best kept secret hidden in the Magic Kingdom so I can share it with you all.
Ready to dig in and share some spaghetti and more with the people you love? You can book a reservation at Tony’s Town Square by calling Disney Dining at (407) 939-1947 or by downloading the My Disney Experience App on IPhone and Google Play.