With a wide variety of shopping, dining, and entertainment; there’s so much to see (and eat!) at Disney Springs. Recently, my friends and I decided to have dinner at Maria & Enzo’s, an upscale Italian trattoria set inside a 1930’s airline terminal. None of us are huge meat eaters, so we wanted to try a full service restaurant with a more vegetarian-friendly focus!
When you enter the restaurant, you’ll be greeted to an elevated view of the fabulous dining room – complete with two story windows facing the Disney Springs lagoon. Descending the grand staircase, our server led us to a booth on far side of the dining room’s bottom floor.
Maria & Enzo’s Food
After snacking on the provided crusty bread and olive oil dip, my friends and I decided to split two appetizers. The Calamari was served with fried hot cherry peppers and side sauces of garlic aioli and spicy marinara. It was a bit greasy but super delicious!
The Caprese came with hunks of bread and burrata cheese, ready to tear and eat. Served on a bed of cherry tomatoes, this dish was simple yet delicious! I think this was my favorite part of the meal.
As someone who follows a mostly pescatarian diet, there were three suitable options: Torchio Alla Vedure, Ravioli, and Salmone Alla Griglia. Since the salmon was almost $10 more expensive than the other options, and I eat ravioli at home on a fairly regular basis – I chose the Torchio. This dish included bell shaped pasta, parmigiano, asparagus, cherry tomatoes, onion, chili flakes, and toasted bread crumbs.
The Torchio was absolutely delicious, but very greasy and heavy. I ate about half the plate and saved the rest for lunch the next day (it reheated wonderfully)! While I enjoyed this dish a lot, if I were to return to Maria & Enzo’s I would probably spend the extra money for the salmon. The Torchio was just too greasy to feel good about eating it again.
Overall, I enjoyed my visit to Maria & Enzo’s. The food was deliciously prepared with obviously high quality ingredients, and the portions were generous. However while there were several appropriate vegetarian options throughout the menu, there were absolutely no vegan dishes listed. In order to find a completely plant-based dish, a guest would have to ask for modified pasta. In an Italian restaurant with so many potentially veggie-focused meals, this seems like a lost opportunity.
Additionally, I can’t gloss over the fact that this restaurant is EXPENSIVE! There are virtually no budget-friendly options. While that’s understandable due to the quality of the food, it’s still something to consider when planning your trip to Disney Springs. If it’s going to include a stop at Maria & Enzo’s, be prepared to spend.
All that being said, I enjoyed my meal at Maria & Enzo’s! The setting was beautiful and everything I ate was full of flavor. I would return here again.