FIRST ON SJO -- Three new venues have been confirmed for Disney Springs: Maria & Enzo’s, an Italian trattoria; Enzo’s Hideaway, a speakeasy; and Pizza Ponte, a fast-casual concept. All three are being developed by the Patina Restaurant Group and will be located next to the Edison, which is also under construction.
The trattoria’s backstory, because all venues at Disney Springs must have one, is that it occupies an abandoned airline terminal from the 1930s. Its decor will feature air travel memorabilia and maps. The dining room will have 50-foot ceilings and a view of Lake Buena Vista, so apparently the airline terminal served seaplanes. The menu will have a Sicilian accent, with Arancini di Carne (rice balls stuffed with meat), Melanzane Parmigiana (eggplant Parmesan), and handmade pastas served tableside. Other highlights include fresh fish, steaks and chops.
Enzo’s Hideaway occupies supposed rum-runner tunnels and is accessible through Maria & Enzo’s. Back in 2015, this venue was rumored to be called the Neverland Tunnels, but someone probably thought better of associating the Lost Boys with running rum (though I’ve long suspected Tinker Bell). Enzo’s Hideaway will feature Prohibition-style cocktails but will also serve a menu of more casual Italian dishes.
Pizza Ponte will be a fast-casual dining concept with pastries, pizza, Italian sandwiches, and espresso. It will feature Bomboloni, or Italian doughnuts, Triangolo (stuffed pizza bread) and Porchetta, as well as pizza by the slice.
All three restaurants are slated to open during the upcoming holiday season.