Last week I had the opportunity to attend the grand opening celebration of Maria and Enzo’s at Disney Springs in the Walt Disney World Resort.
The new space that used to house Pleasure Island’s BET Soundstage and The Adventures Club has been completely transformed into an airport terminal reminiscent of the golden era of traveling.
The food and beverage program is Italian of course and the themeing is nothing short of Disney magic.
I sipped on gorgeous hand crafted cocktails and savored a few of their wines while taking in the view of Characters in Flight from the floor to ceiling windows.
After speaking with a chef I came to discover that there will be vegan options available including pasta with marinara sauce and frito misti, so a return trip is definitely in order.
The restaurant also has a fast casual space attached to it called Pizza Ponte where vegan slices are available for $7.
But what I was most excited to see was the speakeasy tunnel bar, Enzo’s Hideaway, that I had been anticipating for over a year.
The speakeasy entrance is not so hidden but then again, it’s not a large structure staring you in the face beckoning you to come hither.
Enzo’s Hideaway occupies the “rum runner” tunnels underneath Maria & Enzo’s and the space screams prohibition!
The initial receiving room looks the part of a hideaway with its graffiti walls and dim lighting.
Private booths are tucked away within the brick walls of the tunnel.
This entryway is deceiving as the speakeasy itself is quite large.
Booths, tables and bar seating mingle on top of weathered floors surrounded by concrete walls.
There’s even an open kitchen space.
But the table I’d most like to request is in a secluded enclave surrounded by wine bottles. The only table which was cloaked with a white tablecloth I might add. Chef’s table perhaps?
I will definitely be back with a more comprehensive review of the sips and bites at both Maria & Enzo’s as well as Enzo’s Hideaway as soon as possible.