• On Sep 26, 2008
    Renee from TN Asked

    We are visiting WDW in May '09 with our 5 children (7,7,7,7 &3). some are picky eaters, but all do pasta very well. Debating between Mama Melrose's and Tony's. Do you recommend one over the other (for mom and dad) and why? Thanks for all your help!

    My family of six (four children) has tried both of these restaurants and we've not been disappointed at either location.  I suppose if I had to choose one over the other I'd lean towards Mama Melrose.  I really find that the atmosphere there is very charming, more so than that at Tony's.  The dining room is decorated with tiny white Christmas lights which go a long way to create a soothing ambience for over-stimulated little ones.  Mama Melrose is often given bad reviews based on the food but we've always been very happy with everything we've ordered, from appetizers through dessert!

    That being said, I will also tell you that Tony's at the Magic Kingdom is a good choice too.  We ate lunch there one time and received some of the best service we've ever encountered at any of the WDW restaurants.  I recommend Mama Melrose over Tony's because I feel the food at Mama Melrose is slightly better than that at Tony's and the atmosphere is so much cozier.  If I were you though, I would base my decision on convenience.  If you will be at or close to the Magic Kingdom on the evening in question, opt for Tony's.  If you'll be closer to Hollywood Studios, then Mama Melrose would be a wise decision.  Based on my experience, you won't be sorry either way.  :)

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