On my family's most recent trip to Disney's Hollywood Studios, we decided to revisit Mama Melrose's Ristorante Italiano, which we had enjoyed a few years earlier. This adorable restaurant lived up to the memories we had made on our earlier trip to Hollywood Studios.

This charming little Italian restaurant is nestled on the back side of Hollywood Studios park near the Muppet 3D Vision attraction. When you enter the restaurant, guests immediately notice the lobby walls covered in black and white framed head shots of some of your favorite movie stars from yesterday and today.

The interior of Mama Melrose's is reminiscent of a little family-owned Italian restaurant on the corner. The brick walls are covered with record albums of legendary Italian singers, while checked curtains cover the windows and stringed lights add to the cozy atmosphere.

House specialties include fresh mozzarella, penne alla vodka with chicken or shrimp, flatbreads, seasonal pastas, charred strip steak (my personal recommendation), and oak-fired mussels. Tiramisu and cannoli highlight the dessert menu. Your little ones will find many of their favorite dishes on the children's menu including cheese pizza, chicken parmigiana, penne pasta and grilled fish. Kids will delight in finishing their meal at Mama Melrose's with a Spaghetti & Meatball Cupcake, a chocolate cupcake with "Spaghetti" frosting and and a chocolate "Meatball" with strawberry "Marinara Sauce" and white chocolate "Cheese".

Mama Melrose's Ristorante Italiano could be easily missed at Hollywood Studios; however, it should not be overlooked. Families will enjoy delicious Italian dishes along with the quiet, cozy atmosphere that Mama Melrose's offers its guests.

Tressa Krippel

Travel Specialist