Food, Fun, and Fantasmic!

If you're looking for a nice place to take a break while enjoying Disney's Hollywood Studios, look no further than Mama Melrose's.  I've travelled to Walt Disney World a good number of times in my life, and wish I would have discovered this gem of an Italian restaurant sooner.

We visited Mama Melrose's as part of the Fantasmic Dinner Package.  This package is a fixed price meal which also includes premium reserved viewing for the first Fantastic show.  Hollywood & Vine and The Hollywood Brown Derby also participate in this package deal.  In addition to dinner, these packages are also offered for lunch.  One word of warning - they are extremely popular and reservations typically book quickly.  Also, dining reservations for this package are typically offered at "odd" times; think lunch at 2:45 or dinner at 4:15.  At Mama Melrose's, the package costs $37.99.  We were pleasantly surprised to find that we could select one appetizer and one entree off of the menu, without any limitations!

For my appetizer, I chose the calamari.  Calamari is one of those dishes that can be difficult to cook correctly, but the chefs here nailed it!  It was crispy and included three delicious dipping sauces.  For my entree, I selected the Charred Strip Steak.  The seasonings and reduction brought out a myriad of flavors and the five-cheese macaroni that came with it was decadent!  The dinner ended with a nice dessert sampler.  For the price, it was a great value and a yummy dinner.

After dinner and some more time enjoying Hollywood Studios, we were able to go to our special "Fantasmic Dinner Package" entrance to the show.  The seats for the dining package are the best in the theatre - perfectly center and no worries about arriving 90 minutes before the show to get them.  As a family with young kids, this perk of not spending over an hour in line waiting to enter the show is a HUGE perk and would make the dinner package worth it regardless of cost or experience.  However, the great dinner at Mama Melrose's Ristorante Italiano combined with a very reasonable price make this an opportunity not to be missed!


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