Maria & Enzo's Ristorante opened yesterday with a brief ceremony at Disney Springs. We have photos and video from that event along with a few photos of each restaurant below that are part of this Patina Restaurant Group complex: Maria & Enzo's, Enzo's Hideaway and Tunnel Bar; The Edison and counter service location Pizza Ponte. It was also National Spaghetti Day, which brought a photo op with a huge pot of spaghetti and meatballs.
Art Smith's Homecomin' restaurant opened in 2016 (originally called Art Smith's Homecoming, the name changed early in 2017 to Homecomin'). I have ordered the chicken sandwich here before but not much else - this time we worked with the restaurant for a review. I was really surprised at some of the items on the menu, everything was good but a number of items were real standouts. The hardest thing when going to Art Smith's Homecomin' is trying to create a balance with appetizer, entrees and dessert. For example, Addie Mae's Chicken & Dumpling Soup is creamy, thick and almost enough for me as a meal. So to add on an entree and dessert with that is a lot. While we live here and can take home leftovers, that isn't going to be the case for many guests. Visting with a family or group allows for more sharing. Here is our review, and we will be talking about the restaurant on our next Mousesteps Weekly YouTube Show (I will add that to this article after it posts).
It's only been a couple of short years since the dining landscape at Downtown Disney (now Disney Springs) consisted of a few restaurants I would want to occasionally visit. How times have changed, as more quality venues are added - I could dine at Disney Springs every day now.
The newest restaurant at Disney Springs is The Polite Pig, located in Town Center. We were invited to a media tasting last Friday, and we then went on our own on Saturday to try a few other items and see how the ordering process worked. The Polite Pig is a modern barbecue restaurant and a sister restaurant to The Ravenous Pig in Winter Park (I haven't yet been, but it's very well reviewed). The Polite Pig serves barbecue dishes, filling a niche that was underserved on Walt Disney World property. The food items often have a twist to them, usually with suprisingly great results (like the brussel sprouts). The Polite Pig is co-owned by James and Julie Petrakis, as well as his brother Brian Petrakis. They were approached by Disney to have a local restaurant, or as James put it, the "first local chef presence".
Here is a look at the menu with current prices. The sides can be less expensive when ordering three of them or with a sandwich.
Paradiso 37 at Walt Disney World's Disney Springs Offers Unique Flavors for Cinco de Mayo (or Anytime)
We were invited to Paradiso 37 at Disney Springs (formerly Downtown Disney) to taste a variety of items from their menu in anticipation of Cinco de Mayo. Everything we tried - and it ended up being many more items than the sampling menu listed - is available every day at the restaurant, but there is a special dish (snapper) and a mariachi band playing for Cinco de Mayo.
It had been a number of years since I've been to Paradiso 37, and I was very pleasantly surprised at the food. The restaurant was quite lively as our evening ended, with most tables filled. Here is a look at the restaurant and food we tried.
We've posted a number of dining reviews at Disney Springs recently - mostly media events this year, but there are a few newer restaurants we've not yet tried. STK was one of them (except for an opening event with appetizers and drinks, which our group left early from). There was a great STK promo over the holidays that included an extra $50.00 with a $50.00 gift card. That offer was too good to pass up, and we went last weekend for lunch. Lunch is now only on weekends, although there is a brunch coming and the server said it'd be served every day (I know that would be unusual, so we'll see how it pans out). Apparently that will begin around mid-April, though there wasn't an exact date available when I asked. With so many restaurants at Disney Springs, and fantastic steak at The Boathouse within a quick walk, I think brunch would be a very good addition to bring something unique to Disney Springs. At the same time, lunch was excellent and we'd dine here again. Here is a look at our experience!
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