Three New Italian Dining Locations Announced for Disney Springs

Nick Valenti, CEO of Patina Restaurant Group (PRG), confirmed plans to open three new modern Italian restaurant and bar concepts at Disney Springs this winter. The restaurants, all new concepts created by PRG, each with unique menus, will form an expansive dining complex showcasing authentic Italian food and entertainment. They will be adjacent to The Edison, the lavish “Industrial Gothic”-style destination also being developed by PRG.

“I’m delighted to announce that we will be opening a trattoria named Maria & Enzo’s, as well as Enzo’s Hideaway, a separate restaurant in what were said to be rum-running tunnels, which is destined to become a local favorite,” said Valenti. “They are inspired by the cuisines of Sicily and Rome, the Italian family, and the best of Italian modern cooking.”

The new concepts tie into the Disney Springs storyline of a restored Florida waterfront town. “Our inspiration is to bring unforgettable food and wine from Italy to Florida, with the stunning scenery you only find at Disney,” said Valenti.

Maria & Enzo’s – an Italian trattoria set in the town’s storied abandoned airline terminal from the 1930s, now transformed into a restaurant. The dining room is open and airy, featuring 50-foot ceilings with views of Lake Buena Vista. The restaurant interiors showcase artifacts that reference air travel of the time, with maps and historic flight paths. The menu is inspired by Sicily, with a range of family-friendly dishes – Arancini di Carne (rice balls stuffed with meat), Melanzane Parmigiana (eggplant Parmesan) – and handmade pastas – Busiate con Granchio (spiral pasta with crab), ‘Ncasciata al Forno (Sicilian baked pasta) – served tableside. Other highlights include fresh fish, richly flavored steaks and chops.

Enzo’s 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 (hollow spaghetti with creamy egg and pancetta sauce) and Tonnarelli Cacio e Pepe (square-cut spaghetti with pecorino and black pepper).

Pizza Ponte – a fast-casual concept and the perfect place for a quick bite serving pastries, pizza, Italian sandwiches, and espresso. 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.

Maria & Enzo’s, Enzo’s Hideaway and Pizza Ponte are slated to open during this winter. For more information on Patina Restaurant Group visit

#FaveFive – Our Favorite Disney Happenings this Week

Welcome to our #FaveFive where we bring you our top 5 favorite Disney happenings this week.

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1.  Can’t wait to see what goodies we’ll find inside Woody’s Lunch Box


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2.  A new place to stay and play in 2021


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3.  A new fest to celebrate all of our Pixar pals


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4.  Mahalo


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5.  Does he give giant warm hugs?

See you next week!

#ICYMI: The DisWorld’s News Round Up for the Week of October 27, 2017

This week,   Walt Disney World unveils plans for Woody’s Lunch Box at Toy Story Land, Disneyland Resort announces a fourth hotel for 2021 and shares details for Pixar Fest coming in spring 2018.  Let’s take a look!


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New Sweet Treats Available at the Disney Parks for October 2017

Where to Find Pumpkin Flavored Goodies at the Disney Parks

Construction to Begin Next Week on Live Entertainment Theater at Magic Kingdom

Jingle Cruise Returns to Magic Kingdom November 2

Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party at Magic Kingdom Sold Out November 9

2018 Epcot International Festival of the Arts Broadway Dining Packages Now on Sale

NEW The SpectacuLAB Interactive Show to Debut at Epcot Next Month

Star Wars Themed Goodies Available During Galactic Nights at Disney’s Hollywood Studios

Disney Announces NEW Woody’s Lunch Box Area Planned for Toy Story Land

Hair Wraps once again available at Island Mercantile in Discovery Island at Disney’s Animal Kingdom

Disney•Pixar’s ‘Coco’ Family Celebration Begins October 27 at Disney Springs

Holiday Festivities Begin November 10 at Disney Springs

Changes Coming to Private Dining Hours at Walt Disney World Resort Hotels

The Crew’s Cup Lounge at the Yacht Club is no longer serving food from 2 to 5 p.m.



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New Hotel Announced for Disneyland Resort

Parking and Transportation Improvements Coming to Disneyland Resort

Pixar Fest Begins April 13, 2018 at Disneyland Resort

Here’s Where to Find Pumpkin Flavored Goodies at the Disney Parks

It’s a Small World at Disneyland park to Offer FastPass this Holiday Season

John Stamos Proposes to Caitlin McHugh at Disneyland

Experience Guardians of the Galaxy – Monsters After Dark All Day on Halloween at Disney California Adventure

Hitchhiking Ghost Tiki Mugs Now Available at Trader Sam’s at Disneyland Resort



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Marvel Super Heroes Come to Disneyland Paris in Summer 2018

Mini Babybel Announced as the Official Snack Cheese of Walt Disney World Resort, Disneyland Resort and Disney Cruise Line

Disney Cruise Line Announces Early 2019 Sailings

Disney Showcases Creativity and Cutting-Edge Technology at 2017 Grace Hopper Conference

Robert Guilaume, voice of Rafiki in The Lion King dies at age 89

Olaf Balloon to Debut in Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade

VIDEO: All-New ‘Disney Junior Dance Party’ at Disneyland Resort

VIDEO: Marvel’s Runaways Official Trailer


Rumor of the week – Is Flights of Wonder Coming to an End at Disney’s Animal Kingdom?


Is Flights of Wonder Coming to an End at Disney’s Animal Kingdom?

Flights of Wonder, the popular bird show which takes place on the Caravan Stage at Disney’s Animal Kingdom may be coming to an end.  Online rumors state the show could end as early as December 31, 2017.

Flights of Wonder is entertaining and educational as it introduces you to the fascinating natural behaviors and often humorous talents of at least 20 species of exotic birds.  Some birds perform their antics onstage while others swoop over the audience to show off their dramatic wingspan.

An exact reason has not been given for the closure; however rumors indicate a new show could be coming in April for the park’s 20th Anniversary.

Jingle Cruise Returns to Magic Kingdom November 2

Jingle Cruise, the holiday overlay of the Jungle Cruise attraction, will return to Magic Kingdom at Walt Disney World Resort on November 2, 2017.

Join the homesick Jungle Cruise skippers as they set out on a holly jolly journey packed with shenanigans.

Each year during the holiday season, your favorite Jungle Cruise experiences transform into the Jingle Cruise—a festive-yet-familiar adventure, from stem to stern!

As you make your way through attraction queue to the boathouse and beyond, be sure to check out all the merry décor that’s been mailed to the skippers, or that they’ve created themselves. They’ve even added a few holiday jokes to their tours to help everyone get in the spirit!

Jingle Cruise will continue to run throughout the holiday season at Magic Kingdom.

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