Cody, who writes the fantastic Global Disney Pinvestigation Blog, is back with another guest review! This time, he visited Tony’s Town Square in Disney World’s Magic Kingdom. Take it away, Cody!Atmosphere
Entering from the Turn-Of-The-Century Main Street USA I wondered how the theme of the restaurant would fit with the theme of the surrounding street. As it turns out, my inquiries were quickly put to rest. The restaurant is themed after the restaurant from the 1955 Disney Animated Movie, the Lady and the Tramp, and after researching a bit I realized that Lady and the Tramp takes place in early 1900s. So of course the theme fits nicely with the surrounding area.
Upon arriving, we were early (like normal), and we waited for about one minute in the waiting area, which is a small lounge/living area with a small T.V. (which shows Lady and the Tramp non-stop). The waiting area wasn’t themed to Lady and the Tramp, but it represented the time period well.
Once our name was called, we were taken into the main dining room, which features a water fountain with Lady and the Tramp statues on the pedestal in the middle.
Around the dining area were many pictures and drawings of the various characters from the film. One corner was ‘devoted’ to Lady, and another corner was ‘devoted’ to the Tramp. Another area features the other animals, such as Jock, Bulldog and Dachsie.
Another ‘wing’ of the restaurant was themed to a patio in an early 1900s town. Most of the walls were glass, and they featured giant windows that looked out on Main Street. All around the restaurant is themed rather nicely, and the decor is time period specific.
The menu at Tony’s is considerably short compared to other Disney World restaurants. It featured many ‘Italian’ classics like Spaghetti with Meatballs, Chicken Parmesan, and other favorites.
We debated about getting Tomatoes and Garlic Bread, but we were told by the waitress that we got free UNLIMITED (my favorite word) dinner rolls that had butter and garlic brushed on the top and were served with Olive Oil for dipping. They were good and HOT, but one thing that was kind of disappointing was they seemed ‘premade.’ In fact, they looked identical to some freezer-to-oven dinner rolls I’ve previously purchased at the grocery store.
Onto the main course, the meal came out quickly. It might be because there weren’t many occupied tables in the restaurant, or they could have been quickly ‘heated up’ (I don’t know if it’s true, but I’ve heard that they use microwaves… lol) Editor’s Note: I cannot confirm or deny the microwave allegation. No idea whatsoever on this one! 😉
Let’s begin with what seemed to be the best meal at the table: the Shrimp Scampi. It was delicious and featured many pieces of big shrimp over linguini noodles. There was a healthy amount of food for a normal appetite after a day after the park. The price was reasonable for the amount of food received, also. Though it could have been hotter, which seemed like a common theme throughout the meal.
The ‘second best’ meal at the table was the classic Spaghetti with Meatballs. It was a large portion of noodles and three humongous meatballs. The meatballs had great flavor and DID seem to be homemade, as opposed to the dinner rolls. However, the sauce seemed mediocre. Overall, it was an “OK” dish.
The final dish we had was the Chicken Parmesan. Overall this was the least successful dish at the table. The portion was a good size and the piece of chicken was gigantic; but it seemed like it was mostly breading with a small amount of chicken, which was disappointing. There were a lot of noodles, and while they tasted good, they became cold rather quickly. There was not much sauce, so I had to ask for more.
This dish, mainly the chicken, was rather cold. It seemed a bit warm when I got it, though the plate was incredibly hot. And after a couple minutes of trying to cut the chicken (which was hard to cut), it was already cold. Overall, dare I say it, an Olive Garden Chicken Parmesan is 200% better than Tony’s, sadly.
To end the meal you always have to have dessert, right? This was the best part of the whole meal, of course. We ordered the Ice Cream Bomb: a piece of round cake, which was scrumptious, topped with a small scoop of chocolate ice cream, then topped with a GIANT scoop of vanilla ice cream. All of this was coated with a layer of hard chocolate. The most disappointing part of this dessert was the chocolate coating; it seemed like that tasteless chocolate that is usually used in garnish. But overall, it was a great dessert.
This meal, in my honest opinion, was a bust for me (especially since I had a stupendous meal at Le Cellier Steakhouse the day before). Maybe it was because the chicken parm was my entree. I have heard a great deal of mixed reviews for this location, so I thought that I’d have to try for myself. When I did, I was less than impressed. I personally think that a new restaurant would be a great addition here as this is a prime location ON MAIN STREET.
Overall, ‘grading’ is a 2 of 5, sadly. I wish I could give it a higher grade, but I just can’t.
Thanks again for sharing your opinions and pics with us, Cody! To see more pics of the atmosphere and eats at Tony’s Town Square, check out my review during the Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party! Other reviews written for us by GDPinvestigation include Cape May Cafe Dinner, The Grand Floridian Cafe, the ‘Ohana Breakfast with Mickey and Friends, Paradiso 37, Tutto Italia, and the Whispering Canyon Cafe breakfast.