After our boat docked at Disney Springs, I made my way over to Maria & Enzo’s to look at their menu. I was pleasantly surprised to find the captain’s description of traditional Italian cuisine to be spot on with their menu offerings. While they had some signature dishes, they also had the traditional calamari, spaghetti and meatballs and chicken parmigiana. They also had some other appealing items such as a Sicilian layered lasagna with meat ragu, peas, and zucchini. I then decided to give this restaurant a try.
When I walked in, and started to walk down to my table, I was immediately drawn to the décor and theme. It’s that of a storied airline terminal from the 1930s, the structure has transformed into an elegant eatery featuring a spacious interior that perfectly sets the tone for a first-class, foodie experience. Not only was it themed as such, but the music that played was from that era as well. I must admit, for a second it reminded me of the music that plays at Disney’s Hollywood Hotel – Tower of Terror. Luckily, there weren’t any unexpected drops here.
It also has elements that include 50-foot high ceilings, a grand staircase and floor-to-ceiling views of Lake Buena Vista. Vintage maps and artifacts on display throughout the dining room also playfully enhance the aviation theme.
When the chicken parmigiana and side of spaghetti arrived at my table, I was excited to dig in. It didn’t disappoint! The food was fantastic and the portion of both my main dish and side was quite large. Luckily they have to go boxes!
I was surprised to learn that this had been open since January 2018 and that there weren’t more people eating here. It’s definitely one of the new hidden gems at Disney Springs. Be sure to check it out on your next visit to Disney Springs and have a Ligurian Sunrise drink for me!