16 November 2009

Review: Tony's Town Square

Tony’s Town Square is located at the entrance to the Magic Kingdom before you even get to Main Street USA. It’s theming is based on the Disney animate classic Lady and The Tramp. Aside from the red and white checked table cloths, some small pictures and the fountain that contains a statue of Lady and Tramp there isn’t much else to remind you of this movie.

Our first visit to Tony’s was in 2007 and was wonderful. Our server Manny was great, the food was delicious and since we were celebrating our anniversary we got a free dessert and were sung to. So we had high expectations of this restaurant going in on this particular visit.

We had a 6 p.m. reservation and were seated almost immediately. Our table was just outside the door of the main dining room and really lacked in theming. After about 10 minutes we were greeted by our server Josh and we ordered calamari which was topped with olive tapenade and server with a side of marinara and the crab salad which was a cold crab salad with garlic aioli and served with a crostini. Not a bad start the calamari wasn’t rubbery and the crab salad was very light, fresh, had plenty of crab and a hint of lemon.

For dinner I decided to go with the spaghetti and meatballs based on the servers recommendation. I was kinda leaning towards trying the seafood diavoli since I love spicy food but went with his suggestion. My husband ordered the chicken parmigiana which was lightly breaded topped with marinara and melted mozzarella over spaghetti. The meatballs were large and juicy but the sauce tasted like it came from a jar and not very good. As for the spaghetti it was undercooked, not al dente but undercooked on both dishes so we ate very little of it. The chicken on my husbands dish was moist, tender and juicy. It was a good size piece, much larger than I expected.

I had already decided on my dessert, pistachio creme bruele. Not because I like creme bruele but because I love the taste of pistachio desserts. It was servered with pistachio brittle, sugared nuts and strawberries. It was very light and creamy and easily the best part of the meal. Since my husband likes cheesecake he went with the cappuccino cheesecake which was very creamy and lighter than most cheesecakes.

Overall I’d say it was okay. The food wasn’t great and the service could have been better. I don’t know if he was new or hadn’t had much experience but we didn’t see him much and he appeared to be spending a lot of time chatting with some of the other servers. Would I come back? Sure. Probably for lunch since it’s cheaper but not any time soon. There are other restaurants with more consistency to their dining experience. 

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