Photographing Maria and Enzo’s Ristorante at Disney Springs

Here is another chapter in how I photograph a location. In this one, the location was brand new to me so I had to feel my way along.

Maria and Enzo’s Ristorante at Disney Springs has an intriguing backstory.  Set in a 1930’s abandoned airline terminal in a Florida waterfront town, I kept thinking the period was right out of the live-action Disney movie, The Rocketeer, with its aeronautical theme and use of neon signage.

Notice the line in the sky behind the building? Any guesses as to what it is (no peeking!).

Maria and Enzos Ristorante Exterior
Exterior view of Maria & Enzo’s Ristorante in Disney Springs at Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida. Nikon D750/24-120VR, 1/125s, f/8, ISO 1800, EV 0, 24mm Focal Length.

As I was waiting for the rest of my party to join me, I photographed the exterior of Maria & Enzo’s Ristorante just as the lighting was becoming balanced with the late day sunlight.

Did you figure out what the line was yet?

Aerophile Balloon over Maria and Enzos Ristorante
Aerophile Balloon over Maria & Enzo’s Ristorante in Disney Springs at Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida. Nikon D750/24-120VR, 1/125s, f/4, ISO 320, EV 0, 30, Focal Length.

The Aerophile Balloon Flight experience launches behind Maria & Enzo’s Ristorante. You can request seating where you can watch the tethered balloon take off and land.

In keeping with the air terminal theme, guests…excuse me, passengers check-in at the restaurant’s entrance.

Maria and Enzos Ristorante Check In Counter
Maria & Enzo’s Ristorante check-in counter in Disney Springs at Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida. Nikon D750/24-120VR, 1/125s, f/8, ISO 6400, EV 0, 120mm Focal Length.

From there, passengers are escorted to the Terminal (aka dining room) of Maria & Enzo’s Ristorante. It is an impressive sight when you come around the corner to this view.

Maria and Enzos Ristorante Dining Room
Dining room of Maria & Enzo’s Ristorante in Disney Springs at Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida. Nikon D750/24-120VR, 1/80s, f/4, ISO 6400, EV 0, 24mm Focal Length.

I did not bring a wide-angle lens with me but you can bet I will the next time I dine here. The travel motif continues with a globe hanging high above and destinations in the large banner ringing the room. There are lots of different options for seating from booths to open tables.

I know, I know…but what about the food?  Here you go!

Maria and Enzos Ristorante Entrees
Entrées served at Maria & Enzo’s Ristorante in Disney Springs at Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida.

Here are a few of the entrées ordered by my party back in November of 2018:

  1. 16 oz. Rib Eye steak with roasted forest mushrooms, parmesan fingerling potatoes, and red wine reduction.
  2. Chicken Parmigiana, a lightly breaded chicken breast, tomatoes, mozzarella, and parmesan cheese.
  3. Spaghetti & Meatballs with traditional marinara sauce, parmesan cheese, and basil.

All were deemed delicious including these desserts:

Maria and Enzos Ristorante Desserts
Desserts served at Maria & Enzo’s Ristorante in Disney Springs at Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida.
  1. Enzo’s Torta which is a chocolate and mascarpone cheesecake.
  2. Cannoli featuring sheep’s milk ricotta, chocolate chips and candied orange.
  3. Cassata Siciliana which is a traditional sicilian ricotta layered sponge cake.

Hope you enjoyed this photo essay of Maria & Enzo’s Ristorante in Disney Springs, which I highly recommend.

For more on the Aerophile Balloon flight, visit my article: Aerial Tour of Disney Springs at Walt Disney World.

What other locations at Walt Disney World would you like me to do a photo essay on? Let me know in the comments below, please.

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4 Replies to “Photographing Maria and Enzo’s Ristorante at Disney Springs”

  1. Had dinner twice at this place and both meals were just OK, for the price just OK doesn’t work and we will not be back. Way better options in Disney Springs. The building is very interesting and fun to look at but the Italian theme in an old airline terminal is just off, you expect dark red’s and lower lighting and Italian music in the background, a flickering candle nope. Both visits the place was like 30% full, doubt it will be around very long as is. It need’s a new theme that works, like food from around the world, with a adventure type theme, that would work for an old Airline Terminal. As it sit’s it make no sense it’s like a Taco Bell in an old Jiffy Lube, sure you can do that but WHY?

    1. You bring up very good points. Considering there are other Italian restaurants at Disney Springs, a more varied menu as you suggest would make sense. I found the food excellent.

  2. If it’s possible to do without having a membership, I’d love to see photo essays about the new Club 33 venues opening soon in Walt Disney World.