REVIEW: Mama Melrose’s Ristorante Italiano

Mama Melrose Ristorante
Mama Melrose Ristorante Italiano in Hollywood Studios

Yesterday my husband and I spent the afternoon and evening at Hollywood Studios. We ate at Mama Melrose’s for dinner.


I had been once or twice before many years ago so I was curious to see what it was like now. I did remember really enjoying the food but can’t for the life of me remember what I had!

Our reservations were for 4:00pm, and we arrived around 3:45pm. We hit the check in button as soon as we passed the front gates. By the time we arrived at the restaurant (located behind Pizza Rizzo and the exit to Muppet Vision 3D) we were ready to be seated! The Online reservation and check in is a great system.

Our server was Chris and he came over to get our drink order quickly. His quick and attentive service was probably the best thing about our visit.

Mama Melrose's
Mama Melrose’s Dining Room Image: Katie Wallace

The restaurant itself doesn’t look different from before, I do enjoy the vibes and atmosphere of this location. I also enjoy the subtle Epcot Italy Pavilion music.

Mama Melrose's
Mama Melrose’s Dining Room Image: Katie Wallace

I liked the drying spaghetti hanging from random places and the pretty fairy lights along the ceiling and walls, I’m a sucker for fairy lights.

As far as the food, there was some disappointment.

For an appetizer we got the Margherita Flatbread. Made with Fresh Vine-ripened Tomatoes, Mozzarella, House-made Marinara Sauce, Fresh Basil, and drizzled with Extra Virgin Olive Oil for $15.00….

Mama Melrose's
Mama Melrose’s

Now I am not a snob when it comes to pizza, every culture has their version and taste and I am all for versatility. But, this was disappointing. The edges were burned, the one tomato on each slice was tiny. And the ingredients, though definitely fresh which I appreciate, were just kind of plopped on top. I feel like my niece, who is 6, could have pulled a flatbread off much tastier and prettier than this one. However, the bread, was fresh, hot and delicious. I almost wished we had skipped the appetizer and just eaten more bread. $15.00 for this would be a hard sell for me to get again.

Mama Melrose’s
Mama Melrose’s

Moving on to dinner. I got the Oven-baked Chicken alla Parmigiana,
It is a Breaded Chicken Breast with Marinara Sauce topped with Melted Mozzarella over Spaghetti for $25.00. The chicken was well made, and the actual spaghetti was definitely fresh. The sauce is what messed up this dish for me. It had a prego sauce taste and texture that brought me back to my childhood eating at a friend’s house when the adult tries to cook but can’t, and you have to eat the food anyway, because it’s polite. If it had been a different sauce, I think I would have liked it, as the rest of the dish was ok.

Mama Melrose's
Mama Melrose’s

My husband got the Shrimp Campanella but switched the shrimp for chicken.
The original dish is Sautéed Shrimp and Campanella Pasta tossed in a Four-Cheese Sauce with Cauliflower, Sun-dried Tomatoes, fresh Spinach, and Sweet Onions For $25.00. I have had this dish before with the shrimp. Definitely stick with the shrimp on this dish. The flavors don’t accompany the chicken well and I think it made the chicken a bit soggy. My husband wasn’t thrilled with it. Again, I think it was the sauce that made this dish under-whelming.

Ultimately I LOVED our server, Chris, the overall vibe of the restaurant and how it feels tucked away in the park. I would maybe suggest trying this place out for lunch or a drink and appetizers…just not the FLATbread.

Tip: Eat the bread, the bread was great.

That’s all for now, Insiders!