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New Chef, New Tastes on the Menu at Mama Melrose’s Ristorante Italiano in Disney’s Hollywood Studios

Pam Brandon

by , Food Writer, Walt Disney World Resort and Disneyland Resort

With a new chef who professes that her three favorite spices are “garlic, garlic and garlic,” Mama Melrose’s Ristorante Italiano at Disney’s Hollywood Studios is worth a visit to try some of the newest tastes on the menu.

“Seafood “Pork

Chef Beatriz Candelario most recently was chef at Cape May Café at Disney’s Beach Club Resort, and has been cooking in Walt Disney World Resort restaurants for 15 years. The new Mama Melrose seafood cioppino, created by the kitchen team with Chef Bea’s leadership, is a great example of her love of Mediterranean dishes, a mélange of fresh clams, shrimp, calamari and mussels tossed with fregola pasta in a light tomato broth. The team’s rendition of pork Milanese comes with roasted fingerling potatoes and pancetta vinaigrette – a genuine taste of rustic Italy.

Gnocchi fans will want to try Mama Melrose’s hand-rolled version of the little Italian soft dumplings with seasonal vegetables in a basil pesto, a true Italian comfort food.

Save room for the cool, dreamy tiramisù semifreddo with layers of buttery mascarpone, ladyfingers, and Marsala wine with coffee sauce. “Semifreddo” is Italian for “half cold,” and this luscious dessert is even more delicious than the gooey classic version of tiramisù.

A solid wine list, beer and specialty cocktails make Mama Melrose’s an extra-special spot for lunch or dinner (one entitlement on the Disney Dining Plan). And you also can book the Fantasmic! Meal Package to receive designated seating during the spectacular nighttime show.

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  • I really miss the Veal Osso Bucco. It was outstanding!

  • I will be there June 5 and I can’t wait!

  • We love Mama Melrose’s! Does this mean that the existing items on the menu will no longer be available? or will these items just be added to the menu?

  • Headed there in June and can’t wait to try this new menu!!

  • Yum! I love their chicken parmesan. Glad to see someone agrees with me on garlic.:)

  • I love Mama Melrose!! Can’t wait to try the new dishes when we go this fall…especially the tirimisu (it looks amazing)!!!

  • I really miss the nest Pasta Fagioli soup I had ever had. I was so disappointed to see it gone when we were there in March.

  • Wow, I haven’t eaten at Mama’s in YEARS! Guess it’s time to head back and sample the new fare!! Looks amazing!!!

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