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Old 05-09-2013, 10:59 AM   #31
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I am not a fan of Tony's. I went there once and didnt care for it enough to go back. There is better Italian food elsewhere in WDW. Il Mulino, Tutto Italia, Via Napoli, and Portobello. Its nice cause of the Lady and The Tramp theming, its a TS in the MK which makes it popular, not the food. The food is just like what a PP said, Olive Garen or Macaroni Grill, to an Italian from NJ thats not acceptable. I tried though i just wont go back. BUUTTTTTTTT since you asked if i had to order something it would be the Shrimp Scampi, thats what i had when i was there, or just bread maybe. BTW i have only been to Olive Garden once as well and never to a Macaroni Grill.
I am an Italian from NJ as well and I have to disagree. There are many italian restaurants here in NJ that are far worse than Tony's. Does Tony's have the super best Italian food I have ever eaten, no, but its not the worst.

To me, any Italian food outside of NJ/NY area, is not really great anyway.

But I do enjoy Tony's, its not bad.
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Old 05-09-2013, 11:04 AM   #32
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I don't really care for Tony's for food but I love the atmosphere. I would order the Cannelloni and then Pistachio Creme Brulee yum!!
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Old 05-09-2013, 11:11 AM   #33

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I'm one of the people who think that Tony's has gone "down the hill" lately, but you must remember that most people (including me I guess) don't hesitate to post a bad review when they haven't enjoyed something, but don't think to post when they really liked it. There are thousands of people who eat at Tony's every year who really enjoyed their experience.
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Old 05-09-2013, 11:22 AM   #34
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Not sure if it was a special item or not because I don't see it on the menu now but when we went last year I had a "spicy" Seafood Diablo ... I say "spicy" because it wasn't spicy at all by any means BUT it was very good! It had shrimp and mussels in a red sauce over a linguni type pasta.
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Old 05-09-2013, 12:44 PM   #35
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DH and I have been to Tony's many times and usually make a ressie there on each trip. We've never had a bad meal. We were at Tony's in March and had a great time! We had Caesar salad, Grilled Pork Tenderloin, Chicken Parm, Tiramisu, and Chocolate Gelato with a biscotti.
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Old 05-09-2013, 10:49 PM   #36
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We have only eaten lunch at Tony's but it has been perfectly acceptable each time.

The common themes from the people that post that they hated it in threads concerning Tony's seem to be that they "had terrible service", it was the worst Italian food they ever had (I find it hard to believe that anything at Disney is the worst that someone has ever had), and they ate there once and would never go back. Some haven't eaten there in 8-10 years but still feel compelled to post like they ate there yesterday.

There are people that love and hate every restaurant at Disney (with the possible exception of V&A), Tony's threads just seems to attract more haters (the same ones seem to post on every Tony's thread) than most of the Disney restaurants.

Are there better places to eat at Disney? Of course there are, but not many of them are in the MK. The only way to find out if you will like Tony's is to try it. Citricos is one of our favorite restaurants, while some friends had two less than stellar experiences there (both with poor service) and will not go back. Almost everybody else we know loves Citricos. Many people love Narcoosse's but we had our worst dining experience there, due mainly to very poor service (2 hours and 25 minutes, 10 minutes less than it took us to eat at V&A) and a soft and watery lobster that my wife said was the worst she had ever had topped by an overdone filet. One bad experience does not mean that you should never go back to that restaurant again (at least at Disney).

So just try Tony's for yourself, that is the only way you are going to know for sure if you like it or not.
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Old 05-10-2013, 12:10 AM   #37
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My family always enjoys Tony's. Love the atmosphere. I'm another one who doesn't get the Tony's hate but to each their own.
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Old 05-10-2013, 12:49 AM   #38
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We ate at Tony's the first time last December. I was just like the OP, scared off by the bad reviews.
You know what? We enjoyed it just fine.
I wouldn't specifically book it at 180 days out but we had calamari, spaghetti and meatballs and multigrain pasta primavera from the kids menu.
Everybody ate their food with no complain.
We even had a really good server.
So I would try it out if I were you. We are going there again on our next trip just because we frequent MK park than any of the others. They really need to build more restaurants in that park...
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Old 05-10-2013, 07:34 AM   #39
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While I may not be a repeat diner to Tony's, I'm totally an advocate for giving it a try! We went for the first time in August and I almost switched my reservation, because I was getting scared off by posts. But we enjoyed it, it wasn't the best Disney food we ever had, but it was a great atmosphere, in the middle of Main Street, and our server was great! We were just engaged that day and she went and made our meal extra special I say go for it, it's great to try everything at least once, and then you can make your own opinion! Good luck

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Old 05-10-2013, 08:16 AM   #40
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I always just found Tony's to be boring. I had a New York Strip Steak there once approx 5 years ago and it was not good at all. I can't recall what my DH had but I know that he was not impressed either. Perhaps after 5 years it might be time to give it another try.
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Old 05-10-2013, 08:21 AM   #41
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On my last trip I had nor ADR's (ok, I admit I have only made 1 my whole life)

It was a 3 day tip and the last day was cold and nasty after a brutal storm the day before, I wasn't feeling well and wanted a hot meal that I didn't have to sit on a bench to eat.

I went to Guest Services and asked if there were any openings for Dinner and they gave me a last minute reservation to Tony's.

I have to admit I loved it!
I had the Shrimp Scampi.

I cannot tell you though how much of my love was simply because I was warm/dry for the first time in two days and having my food brought to me at a Real table but it really made my day!
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Old 05-10-2013, 11:31 AM   #42
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I found some more pics from our dinner at Tony's in 2011:

Zucchini Fries -

Calamari -

Melon w/ Prosciutto -

Shrimp Scampi, 2011 style -

Pork w/ Mashed Potatoes & Asparagus -

Spaghetti & Meatballs -

Tiramisu -

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Old 05-10-2013, 11:58 AM   #43
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I'm also a Tony's hater. Stay away from the chicken parm.

I had zucchini, chicken parm, and tiramisu. the zucchini was fine.
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Old 05-10-2013, 12:07 PM   #44
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We loved Tony's, and I thought the chicken parm was good.

In all our travels to WDW, I can honestly say that the only restaurant I DIDN'T like was Mama Melrose in DHS (for both food and service).

But my whole family liked Tony's.
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Old 05-10-2013, 12:37 PM   #45
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My family like tonys! But Dh and I might like it a little more then the average bc that's where we had lunch right before we got engaged at the wishing well so for us its a special place

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