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Ariel Wanna-be 05-08-2013 08:43 PM

I know, I know....Tony's is awful. BUT....
...I am dead set and determined to try it for myself this trip. I have always been scared away by the bad reviews for both Tony's and Chef's, but some sick and twisted part of me wants to give them a shot. I have a 8:25 ADR, and MSEP starts at 9, so I'm hoping we can can get lucky with a patio table to catch a glimpse of the parade. (If we don't, my heart will go on.)

So....if you were forced to eat at Tony's (under penalty of never being able to enter Disney property again if you refuse), what would you order?

TIA! :)


Jacksonev1 05-08-2013 08:45 PM

Awwwww....I have not had a bad meal at Tony's. A few years ago, I was lucky enough to dine there on Thanksgiving day. We were seated on the patio and had a perfect view of the parade.

Enjoy your meal!

jmcghee2024 05-08-2013 08:46 PM

Chicken Parmaigania or Shrimp Scampi

carrie1626 05-08-2013 09:16 PM

You know, you know? But you've never been?

Some of us like TONY's.

You might, too.:)

marielynn724 05-08-2013 09:20 PM

I would caution against the chicken parm myself... but people love the fried zucchini, calamari, pumpkin soup (don't know if that's seasonal) and tiramisu

vtownpatty 05-08-2013 09:23 PM

Our family of 3 has eaten there twice. Sorry to say I don't remember what any of us had, but I do know we were all happy with our meals both times. Hope you enjoy.

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Ariel Wanna-be 05-08-2013 09:27 PM


Originally Posted by jmcghee2024 (Post 48340835)
Chicken Parmaigania or Shrimp Scampi

I absolutely LOVE shrimp scampi....that is what I was actually thinking of ordering!


Originally Posted by carrie1626 (Post 48341170)
You know, you know? But you've never been?

Some of us like TONY's.

You might, too.:)

Which is why I asked for opinions on what to order. :)

And the "I knows" are figures of speech. Sorry for the confusion.


Originally Posted by marielynn724 (Post 48341207)
I would caution against the chicken parm myself... but people love the fried zucchini, calamari, pumpkin soup (don't know if that's seasonal) and tiramisu

DS likes calamari, so he'll be happy to hear that Tony's offers it!


olecow 05-08-2013 09:29 PM

I'm always amazed on these boards at the number of people who are scared off of restaraunts because of what others say. When it comes to food, music and movies I trust one person's opinion...mine. That's not say I disregard others opinions on everything, but I take them with a large grain of salt. You may love Tony' may not, but you won't know until you try it.

Oh, I'd order the Cioppino and Tiramisu, and an ice cold Peroni.

Granfan 05-08-2013 09:34 PM

Zucchini Fries, Cannelloni, and Pistachio Creme Brûlée

princess aleya 05-08-2013 09:41 PM

We dined at Tony's on our last trip and really enjoye our meal. I wouldn't hesitate to go back.

Ariel Wanna-be 05-08-2013 09:47 PM


Originally Posted by Granfan (Post 48341371)
Zucchini Fries, Cannelloni, and Pistachio Creme Brûlée

Is Tony's the only restaurant that serves the pistachio creme brulee? I've heard great things about it....


Wendy31 05-08-2013 10:01 PM

While Tony's is not a "must do every trip" kinda restaurant for us, we do like it.

We ate there in 2011 & 2012, &, this year, we're trading it for Be Our Guest.

I love the "Lady & the Tramp" theme... so cute! If you're collecting character autographs, be sure you give your autograph book(s) to your server. Lady & the Tramp "hang out" in the kitchen, & your server can get their autographs for you. ;)

We enjoy sitting in the sunroom because I like the bright, airy feeling, but the main dining room looks nice too - there's a cute Lady & Tramp statue in the middle of the restaurant. And, unlike lots of other WDW restaurants, I don't find the tables as close together - they're still close, but not as close! There's also patio seating which is nice - sitting on Main Street, soaking up the atmosphere. And, if you time it right, you could end up w/ a patio seat during one of the parades.

The waiting area is nice too, & it's always semi-crowded to crowded, so, apparently, other people like the restaurant as well! LOL!

We've also always had fine service.

Is it the best restaurant in WDW? No. But it's not the worst either. It really is fine - I'm not sure why it always gets such bad reviews.

For appetizers, the zucchini fries are really, really good! And DH said the calamari is fine.

For entrees, I really like Shrimp Scampi - it's light & flavorful. It has always tasted fresh to me. In the previous years, DH has always gotten the pork or steak entrée, but, last year, he got the Cannelloni. He said it was only okay. Our kids like the Spaghetti & Meatballs, & younger DS LOVED the Mickey Ravioli.

For dessert, we get the Tiramisu which is good. The kids enjoyed the Ice Cream Bomb.

Here are some pics from our dinner last September...

Kids' Spaghetti & Meatballs w/ Side Salad -

Kids' Mickey Ravioli w/ Apples -

Shrimp Scampi -

Cannelloni -

Kids' Ice Cream Sundae -

Tiramisu -

And here are some pics from inside the restaurant...

The Main Dining Room w/ the Lady & the Tramp statue & fountain -

Same pic, different setting on camera -

One of the windows of the sunroom -

Hope this helps some!! Give Tony's a try!!

Ariel Wanna-be 05-08-2013 10:50 PM

Wow...very informative post! Thanks so much for the review....that scampi looks super yummy!


brertoad 05-08-2013 11:19 PM

The shrimp scampi does look good! :thumbsup2

Disneyluvr81 05-08-2013 11:31 PM

I know everyone's tastes are different, but we have always enjoyed it. We've eaten at Tony's 3 of the last 5 trips and have it booked for our trip in September. We have enjoyed our meal every time and (knock on wood) had excellent service each time we go.

My DH loves the chicken parmigiana and my new go-to is a caesar salad and then the calamari as my entree. DH has a thing for the ice cream bomb too!

I think as long as you go in knowing it isn't going to be flown over straight from Italy italian food and more like italian food comparable to probably Olive Garden or Macaroni Grill (if you have those around you) you should be all good!!

I will say though, if I absolutely had to pick Tony's or Via Napoli, I would pick Via Napoli hands down - talk about deliciousness!! ::yes::

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