Over the years, our team has periodically visited Tony’s Town Square Restaurant in Walt Disney World to see if the food quality has improved since their last visit. This Italian restaurant has a prime location on Main Street, U.S.A., in the Magic Kingdom, and if you’re lucky, you can enjoy your meal while sitting at a table on the outdoor patio. During this recent lunch visit, the team was seated at a table on the patio for the first time and could enjoy the Festival of Fantasy parade during the meal.
Lunch began with an order of Tony’s Garlic Bread for the table. Craig and the team highly recommend the $13 garlic bread, describing it as fantastic, generously portioned for sharing, and served with a delicious alfredo dipping sauce.
Everyone at the table agreed that the $15 Fried Mozzarella Sticks were very large and tasted great. They recommend having the spicy, creamy tomato sauce served on the side instead of on the plate for those who may not care for it.
The $12 Caprese Salad received positive feedback for its fresh giant heirloom tomatoes. While enjoyable, some suggest it could benefit from more pesto or seasoning – maybe add a dash of salt.
Ryno deems the $17 Little Italy Cocktail slightly overpriced, lacking in quantity, and not overwhelmingly impressive. At the same time, Hannah felt that the $16 Limoncello Sidecar she ordered was tart, small, and somewhat lacking in value.
Moving onto the entrees, Ryno ordered the Tortellini al Forno. He considered the $28 tortellini dish with Italian sausage, onions, peppers, and mozzarella in a creamy tomato sauce just okay and said it gave him a hint of Chef Boyardee nostalgia. He added crushed red pepper, which elevated the flavor. He enjoyed the fresh, green arugula served on the side.
Priced at $24, the Rigatoni alla Vodka has standard rigatoni pasta tossed in a classic tomato vodka sauce with Parmesan herb breadcrumbs. Hannah critiqued the dish for lacking spice and stated that she adds Italian sausage to it when she makes it at home. Additions of shrimp or chicken are available at an extra charge, but Hannah says she observed another guest with sausage in their dish, so it wouldn’t hurt to ask for that if you’d prefer it.
Craig ordered the House-made Beef and Pork Meatballs served over Spaghetti with Tony’s Marinara Sauce for $27. Craig was generally happy with the dish; he said the sauce wasn’t sweet, which was a good thing in his book. He did say it could’ve used more flavor with added herbs. He added crushed red pepper to elevate the dish. He also mentioned that the dish felt overpriced.
The menu has four desserts, and the team tried three of them during this meal.
The $9 Italian Strawberry Shortcake included a simple vanilla cake with whipped topping and balsamic-marinated strawberries topped with fresh basil. No one at the table was overwhelmed with this dessert, but they all said it tasted good. The strawberries were fresh, although Ryno and Hannah did not taste any hint of a balsamic marinade. Craig said he tasted it very faintly when he ate just the strawberry by itself.
The group’s favorite was the Tiramisù Cannoli for $9. The cannoli is filled with a house-made filling with hints of espresso, chocolate, and mascarpone cheese. Craig mentioned that these have more than just the hint of espresso that’s described on the menu; he said they were definitely a coffee cannoli and were delicious. Everyone at the table seemed more confused by Tony’s Spumoni Tart than anything. This dessert had a flourless chocolate cake, pistachio cream, and dark cherry mousse, along with a brittle on the top. Ryno said that the pistachio was not a cream but that it was baked into the cake. He said he couldn’t taste pistachio, and nor could the others.
Overall, the group enjoyed their food but struggled with the high pricing. The restaurant ratings: Ambiance (4/10), Food Preparation and Presentation (7/10), Quality of Taste (7/10), Service (8.5/10), Cost (4/10), Character Interaction (0/10). Total: 30.5/50, equivalent to 3/5. Watch the video below for more details and information regarding the ratings given.
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