Early last month, an email hit our inbox announcing an Easter Sunday Brunch at Maria & Enzo’s Ristorante. Not having prior plans for April 1st, we stopped in the restaurant one afternoon and made a reservation.
Additionally, after reading the description, we thought this would be a great way to check out one of Disney Springs newest establishments.
We arrived shortly before our 10am reservation along with a few other groups. Everyone was quickly seated and our server gave us a brief table side overview of the offerings and took our drink orders.
The full wine and cocktail menu is available as well as coffee, juice, and soda.
Brunch featured Endless Mimosas and Bellinis for an additional $15. Given the list price for a single on the regular menu is $12, it was a no brainer.
The mimosas were pre-mixed in pitchers so we have no idea what prosecco was used, but we were told they freshly squeezed the oranges and included copious amounts of pulp, which was a nice touch unless you are in the no pulp camp. Throughout the brunch, the mimosas ranged from heavy OJ to heavy Prosecco. Overall, it balanced out and I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend this option.
There is more to a brunch buffet than endless breakfast cocktails or so I’ve been told. There were two buffet lines set up on each side of the restaurant. Both sides featured identical setups with assorted breakfast pastries, charcuterie, cheese, antipasti, scrambled eggs, a carving station, an omelet station, and various Italian specialties.
My favorite item from brunch was the braised meatballs with polenta. They were delicious and melted in your mouth. I’d love to order a meatball sandwich over at Pizza Ponte if they used these gems.
The station near the windows also included single serving boxes of cereal and yogurt, along with a towering bucket of tail-on tiger shrimp.
The extra table on the other side near the First Class Lounge featured the desserts. The dessert table featured a chocolate fountain with various items to dip such as rice crispy treat cubes, Italian cookies and other small items.
It seemed like it was a one trick pony sort of dessert setup, but as we were leaving they brought out cheese cake and cannolis to improve the offerings.
Maria & Enzo’s Sunday brunch is $35 per adult, $15 for children 10 & under, and children 3 and under are free. For an all you care to enjoy brunch with these offerings, this is a great value. The only thing better than the food was the service.
Our server, Andrea, informed us that while this is the first brunch service, it is going to a weekly offering to extend their Italian tradition of getting together and eating as a family on Sundays.
Just to be clear, we were not invited guests to this Easter Brunch by the Patina Group, which operates Maria & Enzo’s, The Edison, and Pizza Ponte as well as Morimoto Asia. We are just signed for Patina’s email alerts and thought it sounded like a great deal, which it turned out to be.
Overall, we felt Maria & Enzo’s Sunday brunch was fantastic. Emily and I started to compare the offering with Palo Brunch, but quickly determined, they are different overall experiences. This is NOT an April Fools post, I really thought this was a fantastic brunch. In fact, Maria & Enzo’s Sunday Brunch is an ideal way to extend your Disney Fantasy cruise food coma or pre-game for your Monday departure on the Disney Dream.
We’d love to hear your thoughts on brunch when you go.