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Disney From The Twenty-Something: Tony’s Town Square

Tony's Town SquareLocated just inside the entrance of the Magic Kingdom on Main Street, you’ll find a wonderful Italian restaurant bearing delicious food, wonderful service, and a couple of dogs. Yes, Tony’s Town Square belongs to the Tony from the Disney animated classic Lady & The Tramp, and if you are lucky enough while eating, he may even serenade you!

As you approach Tony’s, take notice of the façade of the building which was inspired by the Hotel Saratoga in New York. There is a sprawling porch which offers pretty fantastic views of the parades. Since this is such a prime viewing location, be sure to scope out a spot on the porch at least an hour before the beginning of the parade to ensure that you have a viewing spot. In addition to a parade viewing spot, the porch is also a wonderful place to take a break during the day and do some people watching in the Magic Kingdom.

Tony's Town SquareIn addition to Tony, there are some other familiar faces scattered throughout the restaurant. Of course, I’m talking about Lady and the Tramp. Outside the entrance to the restaurant, look for paw prints in a heart embedded in the cement standing as a tribute to the dogs’ love.  Just inside the door is also a statue of the beloved pups which is a great photo opportunity. In the very back of the restaurant be sure to look for a stained glass window which offers you a glimpse into the back alley where Lady and the Tramp are about to share their famous spaghetti kiss. Finally, keep your eyes peeled for a Hidden Mickey created by some strategically placed bread rolls.

Tony’s is open throughout the day serving both lunch and dinner, and offers classic Italian fare with highlights such as Calamari, Seasonal Melon with Prosciutto, Margherita Pizza, Spaghetti, Shrimp Scampi, and Chicken Parmesan. But most importantly, let’s talk dessert. Tony’s features some delectable classic Italian desserts such as Tiramisu, Spumoni, and Gelato. Make sure you leave enough room!

Magical GatheringWhile lunch and dinner at Tony’s are fantastic, I was once lucky enough to be able to experience breakfast there. Yes, you used to be able to have breakfast at Tony’s, but only if you were part of a Magical Gathering Celebration which required that you traveled with at least ten guests in your party. I was able to be a part of this experience with my family when we traveled as a Magical Gathering in the summer of 2010. The breakfast was family style, and featured visits to each table from Mickey and his friends. To make the meal even sweeter, Tony himself made an appearance and crooned “Bella Note” to us guests while inviting those celebrating anniversaries to get up and dance through the center of the restaurant. At the end of the meal, we also received an exclusive pin commemorating the Magical Gathering. That breakfast is easily one of my favorite memories from any family vacation to Disney World. But, perhaps my favorite perk of the whole meal was being able to enter into the Magic Kingdom before official opening and having the opportunity to have our picture taken on a completely empty Main Street! That was such a wonderful moment which really left us with a fantastic souvenir picture of our Magical Gathering experience.

Overall, Tony’s Town Square Restaurant offers some fantastic Italian food, great parade viewing spots, and of course that touch of Disney magic in the details. I would recommend at least stopping by and checking out the ambiance at Tony’s, but you should try and eat here at some point. Trust me, you won’t be disappointed! Now bon appétit!

Do you love Tony’s Town Square? In the past were you ever able to participate in the breakfast there as part of a Magical Gathering? Let me know in the comments below, I would love to hear from you!

Caitlin Corsello was born and raised in New York. She graduated from Adelphi University with a Masters in Mental Health Counseling in 2012. Her love for Disney started as an infant and has continued to grow with family vacations to Disney parks almost every year since. She holds a particular interest in WDW’s parks and attractions, never passing up an opportunity to visit. She looks forward to continuing to explore and learn about all things Disney and to share that passion with readers.