This month we saw the much-anticipated debut of PizzeRizzo. I was there on opening day and enjoyed a leisurely lunch with a dear friend.
If you were familiar with the location this restaurant took over, Pizza Planet, the menu remains mostly unchanged, but the interior of the location is entirely different and benefits from being roomier, quieter, and from all those unique details Disney is so wonderful with.
Let’s get the negative out of the way first, the food… it’s forgettable.
The veggie pizza has so few veggies on it and they are diced so small it may as well have been a cheese pizza.
The Meat Lover’s pizza has nice big meatballs on it, if you must have pizza, that one looked the best to me.
Pepperoni and Cheese are pretty self-explanatory.
The gems of this menu are really the Meatball Sub and the Antipasto Salad. I’d choose either of these again.
Each dish (except the antipasto) is served with a side Ceasar salad. In one of the salads we had there was only one crouton in it, in both salads the dressing was nearly non-existent.
You can change this offering out for a bag of chips, but you need to ask for that at the register.
The tiramisu was wonderful! And the cannoli… oh my goodness, I wil definitely be stopping by again to PizzeRizzo if for nothing else but to have another cannoli!
Aside from the non-alcoholic Peach Bellini, and a Wildberry-Basil Lemonade Limoncello, drinks are the same standard fare you get anywhere else. There are no refills here so be sure to order a large!
This establishment also serves beer and wine.
Now with that out of the way, let me tell you all the good things about PizzeRizzo.
It is another crown in the Disney legacy of setting a stage. Owned and operated by Rizzo the Rat of Muppet fame, Walt Disney Imagineering has left hints throughout this eatery of Rizzo along with his extended family and friends who have visited PizzeRizzo over the years.
The location has ample seating, but if you’re here on an exceptionally busy day, remember there is a second story in addition to patio seating both upstairs and down.
My favorite part though was the “cheesy” banquet room on the second floor where you are entertained with old pop songs from the 80s while a disco ball twirls overhead. However, the corner booths on the second floor which are apparently designated just for Rizzo’s “celebrity friends”, has a Brown Derby feel with the Muppet portraits surrounding you.
If you have the time, take in all the little details on the walls, read the vinyl record labels, check out the Playbills, and look in the bulletin board just outside the banquet hall for adds, a Zagat Survey, and an announcement about how Gonzo’s Royal Flush has moved among many, many more little details.
Most of all, though, enjoy your lunch and your time in the parks, soak up the magic and never forget, it was all started by a mouse… and has continued on with a rat.