Dinner at Mama Melrose’s Ristorante Italiano

Mama Melrose's Ristorante Italiano
Mama Melrose's Ristorante Italiano

Mama Melrose’s is a beautifully decorated Italian restaurant in Hollywood Studios.  I had heard that they accommodate the gluten-free diner, and that is certainly true!  Chef Josh told me that all of their menu items can be modified!  They would use rice pasta or substitute for the roux.  Their menu is quite extensive, so this was the first time since being diagnosed as a celiac that I could choose ANYTHING on the menu – and it was an Italian restaurant!!  It boggled the mind.

Gluten-Free Tapioca Rolls & Olive Oil
Gluten-Free Tapioca Rolls & Olive Oil

Entrees to choose from include:

  1. Pork Tenderloin with Wild Mushroom Risotto, fresh Vegetables, and topped with marsala Sauce
  2. Spaghetti Fra Diavolo with clams, Mussels, Calamari, and Shrimp tossed in a spicy Marinara Sauce
  3. Charred Sirloin Steak topped with Gorgonzola Butter on Roasted Red Pepper Polenta and Grilled Vegetables with a Red Wine Reduction
  4. Penne alla Vodka with pancetta and Sweet Onion finished with Tomato Basil Sauce, Cream, Vodka, and Pecorino Romano
  5. Spicy Italian Sausage with Rigatoni Pasta, Peppers, Onions, and  Tomato-Basil Sauce topped with Caprino Cheese
  6. Wood-grilled Tuna basted with a Sun-dried Tomato Pesto served on Grilled Vegetables
  7. Chicken Pipette – Wood-grilled Chicken over Pipette Pasta tossed with Artichokes, Peas, Roasted Peppers, and Sweet Onions in a Basil Four-Cheese Cream Sauce
  8. Oven-baked Chicken alla Parmigiana over Spaghetti
  9. Eggplant napoleon
  10. There are also 4 different flatbread menu items, but  I wonder how they could have been adapted to be gluten-free?

    Gluten-Free Chicken Parmesan
    Gluten-Free Chicken Parmesan

I chose to have the Oven-Baked Chicken alla Parmigiana over Spaghetti.  It had been many years since I’d had chicken parm, so I had forgotten that the chicken is breaded.  Chef Josh made that gluten-free, too, rather than just not breading it.  It was an excellent meal!  They brought out gluten-free tapioca rolls.  That’s something I’d never get tired of….being served gluten-free bread with a meal in a restaurant.

Gluten-Free Flourless Chocolate Cake
Gluten-Free Flourless Chocolate Cake

Saving the best for last….for dessert I was offered either ice cream or a flourless chocolate cake.  Naturally, I chose the flourless chocolate cake, and wow!  It was excellent and beautifully presented.

Without a doubt, we will definitely revisit Mama Melrose’s on our return trip to DisneyWorld.  No question about it!

On the Way to Mama Melrose’s….

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We took the bus from our resort to Hollywood Studios for dinner at Mama Melrose’s.  We were sitting on the bus near a woman and her 4 children and they were having a conversation that we couldn’t help but overhear.

It was 6:00 p.m. and they were apparently running late for a show at Hollywood Studios that started at 6:45 p.m.  Mom was yelling at one of the children, blaming them for how late they were running.  “You just had to go into the pool one more time!” she berated him.  Rick & I exchanged glances and I remember thinking, just who is the parent here?

Then, she told the kids that in order to make it to the 6:45 p.m. show, they would be expected to keep up with her as she would be running as soon as they got off the bus.  Too bad for the 4-year-old, I guess, who probably couldn’t run as fast as the others.

This reminded me of something that happened on the Lazy River at Blizzard Beach that day.  Rick & I were floating along in a double tube and a little boy of 3 or 4 years old was temporarily separated from his mother on the river.  He was in one of those kiddie tubes with the center filled in.

He got a wild-eyed look as if he thought if he lost sight of his mother, he’d never see her again.  Rick pushed his tube around ours and toward his mother’s tube.  The wild-eyed look in his eyes dimmed a bit, but it was still there.

A little later, Rick started laughing and saying to me that the mother might have said to the kid “see you back at the car!” as she paddled away and out of sight.  Better yet, he said, perhaps she would say “See you back at the resort – hope you remember which resort, must less the room number”.

My husband, ladies & gentlemen.  Still, it got a laugh from me.  He’s really not a mean person…just dramatizing what might give the child reason to have such a wild look in his young eyes.

During the time that we were at DisneyWorld, we saw an awful lot of children struggling to keep up with their parents.  There were plenty of children in strollers but there were quite a few children running as fast as their short little legs would carry them, struggling to keep up.  Rick & I discussed the fact that when we were kids, we weren’t pushed around in strollers….we were expected to keep up, too.  I don’t recall my parents shouting at us, though, if we couldn’t keep up.  Nor do I recall being blamed if we were running late because they had let us go into the pool one more time before we left.

Times have changed.