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Food Type: Italian
Dining Plan: 1 Table Service
Cost: Appetizers: $6-$15. Entrée: $12-$28. There is now just one menu for lunch and dinner.
Setting: Based on scenes from Lady and the Tramp, Mama Melrose features bright colors, brick walls, cozy booths, and a wood-fired oven. This is a much more casual affair than Tutto Italia in Epcot and the “fun” atmosphere is emphasized over fine dining fare.
Advantages: Part of the Fantasmic Package. On the Dining Plan, this means you can order an appetizer, entrée, and dessert for one Table Service Credit. Flatbread pizza is relatively cheap. Chicken Parmigiana is also a favorite. Atmosphere is relaxed and fun. Large portions.
Disadvantages: Service and food are inconsistent. If you want the Fantasmic Package out of pocket, you have to pay a fixed price of $35 which includes an appetizer, entrée, and dessert whether you want all three or not. Children over nine may be scared of the menu because most entrées list onions or peppers as ingredients, but you should be able to order anything to your specifications.
Value: Average to Above Average. Food is mostly inexpensive and portions are large. A meal on the Dining Plan includes an appetizer and a ticket to the roped off area at Fantasmic, making this a good deal. The $35 fixed price Fantasmic meal is a good value if you’re planning to order the more expensive items on the menu.
Reputation: Mama Melrose’s gets mixed reviews. It is certainly not a great Italian restaurant, but it’s casual and fun which can be better than a stuffy fine dining affair. The flatbread pizzas are a safe bet, but the other entrées are a mixed bag. Service is hit or miss as well. It’s certainly better than Hollywood & Vine, but the 50’s Prime Time Café is probably a better option if you haven’t tried any of the sit-down restaurants at Hollywood Studios. If you’re in the mood for an Olive Garden like Italian meal then this should be an enjoyable experience. Just keep your expectations low and you should be impressed.
Overall Rank on The Best Hollywood Studios Sit Down Restaurants: 2nd out of 5