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Old 04-07-2013, 09:10 AM   #1
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Tony's Restaurant

Hello everyone. Going down to Disney for my annual trip. Going in less than a month and I'm excited as always to be in my favorite place. Finally booked a reservation at Tony's restaurant. Read some bad reviews but I have to try it once to see for myself.

Any tips on making it a pleasant experience? Any menu item worth ordering? Thanks in advance,
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Old 04-07-2013, 09:20 AM   #2
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As long as you stay away from their tomato sauce, there's a slight chance you might not hate your meal. Lol. Their tomato/marinara sauce is awful. Most people who hated their food had a dish with that sauce. Everyone who liked it had other things like steak, calamari etc. Good luck.
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Old 04-08-2013, 09:46 AM   #3
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As long as you stay away from their tomato sauce, there's a slight chance you might not hate your meal. Lol. Their tomato/marinara sauce is awful. Most people who hated their food had a dish with that sauce. Everyone who liked it had other things like steak, calamari etc. Good luck.

Just go in with low expectations, then there is room to be amazed. It became a comedy sketch when we went there...server took 20 minutes to take our drink order, we were not willing to chance another delay so had our order ready..this annoyed our server he was not slammed many empty tables..the kids meals came out 10 minutes before ours, their meatball was so hard and impossible to chew..we just let it go thinking they could fill up on bread, that came out later and was hard as a brick. We all began to laugh wondering how they could mess up my steak (medium rare)...when it came an additional 10 minutes after my husband's cold pasta, we had to contain our flabbergasteries! The steak was burned so badly you could not cut it, the server never asked how the food was but we complained about the steak, he acted put out..kids were so hungry and tired of waiting we said we would take itto go...never came so we left and first time ever no tip...both husband and I were servers in the past and never would leave no tipping, it was awful.
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Old 04-07-2013, 09:28 AM   #5
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Tried dinner an lunch & we liked lunch much better! There panini is amazing!

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Old 04-07-2013, 09:48 AM   #6
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We've eaten there every year for the last 3 years. We go for dinner and get the chicken parm. I don't think it was the best dinner we ever had at disney, but I also don't think it was the worse. I think you will get good and bad reviews on every restaurant. Since you have never eaten there go and enjoy.
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Old 04-07-2013, 10:02 AM   #7
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I liked Tony's. Not sure why it gets bad reviews. I had the chicken parm, house salad (yum!), and pistachio creme brulee when I went and enjoyed everything.
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Old 04-07-2013, 10:11 AM   #8
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I've eaten at Tony's twice, once having the meatballs & the other having the steak. I fall into the "no sauce" advice here. The meatballs I did not like but I thought the steak was lovely.

In fact of all my dining party anyone who ordered an Italian meal went away disappointed & anybody who had steak or something more generic was satisfied.

As somebody said every restaurant here will have it's supporters & haters. We ate here as there was nowhere else in MK to eat for us, with BoG opening up I am able to say we've ditched Tony's for that.
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Old 04-07-2013, 10:22 AM   #9
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We are also in the "no sauce" camp. I prefer Tony's for lunch, agree the paninis are decent. We have had a few so-so meals, but I do love the restaurant so we are going to go back in August. May just go for appetizers and dessert. Love the zucchini fries and pistacio creme brulee!
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Tried dinner an lunch & we liked lunch much better! There panini is amazing!

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Agree...only have had the panini but it was amazing!
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Just go in with low expectations, then there is room to be amazed. It became a comedy sketch when we went there...server took 20 minutes to take our drink order, we were not willing to chance another delay so had our order ready..this annoyed our server he was not slammed many empty tables..the kids meals came out 10 minutes before ours, their meatball was so hard and impossible to chew..we just let it go thinking they could fill up on bread, that came out later and was hard as a brick. We all began to laugh wondering how they could mess up my steak (medium rare)...when it came an additional 10 minutes after my husband's cold pasta, we had to contain our flabbergasteries! The steak was burned so badly you could not cut it, the server never asked how the food was but we complained about the steak, he acted put out..kids were so hungry and tired of waiting we said we would take itto go...never came so we left and first time ever no tip...both husband and I were servers in the past and never would leave no tipping, it was awful.
Wow. Awful experience you had!
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Old 04-08-2013, 11:06 AM   #12
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We were there last week and enjoyed our meals. The only issue we had was confusion in the reservation time, but that confusion was on both their part and mine. I had spaghetti, and liked it. DS had the pizza, dh had panini. Service was quick. We would go back and didn't understand the bad reviews. I figure we went on a good day.

For Italian though, there is a little place in Epcot that we enjoyed far more. I went to Tony's because it's Tony's.
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Old 04-08-2013, 02:29 PM   #13
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Before we went in August, I read many, MANY bad reviews of Tony's and I was just like you, I had to try it for myself. We were happy with our meals, Chicken Parm and Spaghetti and Meatballs, and the pistachio creme brulee was very good! We went earlier than our reservation had specified and were seated right away, the server noticed that we were just engaged and she brought out a piece of spaghetti to re-enact the scene from Lady and the Tramp at Tony's and took a picture for us. Great service and good food, but we probably won't go there again though, just because we would like to try new places. It's nice to try at least once!
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Old 04-10-2013, 07:07 AM   #14
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Tried Tony's a few times, and definately not a fan.
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Old 04-10-2013, 07:29 AM   #15
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Ate at Tony;s when we were there mid March. MK was slammed that day. We were "winging it" and paying OOP. (usually we do DDP). Anyway, we decided to eat in the park and not to take the time to go to Contemporary or something because we had Space FPs coming due. (BTW - FP enforcement really interfered with attempts to wing it).

We decided we really wanted Table Service so we went to Tony's as the most likely place to get a seat. (I'd been trying to make a ressie earlier in the day using the Disney app and wifi refused to work)

They told us a 1-1.5 hr wait. DH really wanted a TS meal so we sat and waited. I asked about coming back in a half hr but the waitress said we might get called sooner and not to leave. So we sat. It was OK - they had Lady and the Tramp playing as well a guy showing the kids how to toss a pizza.

We eventually made it in. The kids re-created the sphagetti scene (from a distance) and then made DH and I do the real thing. So we got some fun pics. Everyone enjoyed their meals. Can't remember what we ate though. I know my son had sphagetti. It wasn't amazing - but solidly good and we were happy we made the effort to eat there. It hit the spot for us.
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