Disney Springs announces two new restaurants to open this winter
The Walt Disney World Resort and Patina Restaurant Group announced this morning that Patina would open two new restaurants at Disney Springs this winter, adjacent to the previously announced Maria & Enzo's and The Edison in the resort's ever-expanding shopping and dining district.
Enzo's Hideaway and Pizza Ponte will be sibling restaurants to Maria & Enzo's, which will be a table service Italian trattoria. (A trattoria, TIL, is less formal than a ristorante, but more formal than an osteria.) Here's how Disney describes the Hideaway:
A speakeasy inspired by Roman aperitivo bars, located in the storied rum-runner tunnels that adjoin Maria & Enzo’s. Inspired by Florida’s true history of rum running, Enzo’s Hideaway will pour Prohibition-era cocktails at its Tunnel Bar and serve a casual menu of hearty Roman dishes, such as the city’s legendary Bucatini alla Carbonara and Tonnarelli Cacio e Pepe.
Pizza Ponte will be a "fast casual" concept.
Pastry specialties include Bomboloni (Italian doughnuts), Sfoglia di Riso (pastry with rice cream) and Tiramisu. Savory items include signature Triangolo (stuffed pizza bread) sandwiches, Porchetta (roast pork) and Pizza al Taglio, Sicilian-style pizza by the slice.
Patina Group also runs Via Napoli in Epcot, so the TL;DR on Pizza Ponte might be the quick-service version of that popular table service pizzeria. Patina also runs Tutto Italia Ristorante and Morimoto Asia at the Walt Disney World Resort.
All three restaurants are expected to open sometime this winter. No more specific opening date was announced.
After seeing the new Downtown Disney, ahem, "Disney Springs" first hand last week, it's really just more of the same. The complex is still more of a shopping mall than an entertainment destination, and while it's nice to have some diverse restaurant and bar options available for adults, like Pleasure Island used to be, Disney Springs should not be receiving more publicity than the theme parks that actually support tourism to Central Florida.
Russell: I definitely agree on Disney Springs. Very much a glorified shopping mall. I don't even get the point of some of the stores, like who goes to Disney World to buy Ugg boots? All of the high end retailers are nice to walk by but I would never imagine walking into them. Although that's me personally, I'm sure there is an appeal for international tourists and convention guests especially to have this "big city" type of shopping and dining on property.
Russell, not all of us in the world live within a half an hour of luxury, upscale malls.
We were in Orlando for 2 weeks in May, and will be there for a week and a half starting November 1st. We had several good evenings at Disney Springs. Nicholas Marks was very entertaining at the Market Place Stage. It's not just about the shopping.
I live in NJ, but work in NYC in Rockerfeller Center.
What I don't understand is why Disney is continuing to outsource interests in Disney Springs?
As somebody who lives in the third largest city in the United States, I seriously have no idea what Russell is talking about.
I expected a complete overhaul of the concept from Downtown Disney to Disney Springs. I thought the injection of theme and the promise of a "unique" shopping and entertainment complex would see a dramatic change to what Downtown Disney had become after the demise of Pleasure Island.
Russell is right! Disney Spring is just a shopping mall. They have removed the entertainment portion, and expanded the retail stores and restaurants. Disney Quest is gone. Pleasure Island, as a nightclub scene, is gone. Cirque du Soleil is going at the end of the year.
As George will probably attest, a trip to Arundel Mills (a local massive shopping and entertainment complex near BWI airport), is very similar to what guests can get at Disney Springs. Many of the retailers between the 2 complexes are identical. Disney Springs may have a leg up on Arundel Mills in terms of restaurants, with the suburban MD mall having mostly chain restaurants and just a couple unique concepts, but Arundel Mills has Disney Springs beat on entertainment with a Dave and Busters, Medieval Times, and a casino. As George can also confirm, if you want a slightly more upscale retail experience, you can drive less than 10 miles east from Arundel Mills to the Mall at Columbia and find a much better collection of restaurants and upscale stores, but not the diversity of entertainment, with just a few of the larger bars offering small performance stages and the adjacent Merriweather Post Pavilion with its increasingly sporadic concert schedule.
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