And so it was that on this night, the three of us had dinner at…
After checking in we waited for quite awhile to be seated. But it was during this time that I received some great news. Vicki (GoofySon’sMom) and Andrew were on their way back to Magic Kingdom, so we would be able to meet after all. Consequently, I was in a great mood when we were finally seated at a table right next to this really cute couple…
Now the first thing that we all noticed was how loud the restaurant was. So loud that, much to my surprise, my teenage son not only noticed it but had the idea of downloading an app on his phone which measures noise levels. The results… on a scale of 1 – 100, the noise level at Tony’s that night measured at nearly 90 dB. [Some of the examples which the app gave of noises that may be over the dangerous 90 dB level were gun blasts at close range and jet take-offs.] Yikes! I thanked my lucky stars that my husband was not present for this dinner. He absolutely despises noisy restaurants and I’m sure would have been very unhappy here…and believe me, he would not have suffered in silence.
Okay, let’s move on to the food now, shall we?
Here are some menu pics…
And the rolls…
We decided to start by sharing this appetizer…
Zucchini Fries – Breaded seasoned Zucchini with creamy Sun-dried Tomato Dressing for dipping
Our Rating – 4/5
These were very good and probably would have been given a 5 rating if there had been just a few more fries. Eight zucchini fries were just not enough for 3 people to share, plus the fact that 8 is not easily divisible by 3. Do you know how difficult it is to split the last two fries into three equal portions? Because of course, no one was willing to forfeit their full share, not even me. There are many sacrifices which I willingly make for my children, but my 1/3 share of two delicious zucchini fries was not one of them.
And speaking of sacrifices, I stubbornly also refused to share an entree with my daughter. When she asked, I reminded her that I was not her father and had made no such deals with her. Unhappily (and perhaps a little out of spite) she proceeded to order the same entree as me…
Cannelloni filled with a mixture of Ground Beef and Sausage, Mozzarella, and Ricotta served with Marinara and Alfredo Cream Sauce
So I really wanted to love this, mostly because I wanted to justify my unwillingness to share it with my daughter. But sadly, I did not. I rated it a 3 at the time, but I really only gave it a 3 to save face. In all honesty I would probably have to agree with my daughter’s rating of only a 2. In fact, when I inquired as to the name of their chef at Tony’s, our server said he was a boy by the name of “Ardee”. Chef Boy Ardee…get it??
Oh, I’m totally pulling your leg. It was definitely nowhere near as bad as that dreadful stuff that comes in a can. If I had to describe this dish in one word it would be, “BLAND”. Nothing more, nothing less. But for me, when it comes to Italian food, BLAND is a dirty word.
So did my son pick the winning entree of the night?
Here is what he chose…
Chicken Parmigiana – Lightly Breaded Chicken Breast with Marinara sauce topped with Melted Mozzarella over Spaghetti
The answer to that question would be…Nope. He also gave his entree a rating of 2, saying that while the chicken was okay, the pasta tasted really weird.
And so our usual dessert discussions then began.
Allison said, “No way, you made me eat a whole entree by myself.”
Andrew said, “I’m full.” (and I’m sure he was because my bread-loving son had eaten at least three of our dinner rolls)
Now I LOVE creme brulee and had always wanted to try Tony’s pistachio version, but between the deafening sound of jets taking off from the table next to ours (or perhaps it was just a screaming child ) and my anxiousness to meet up with Vicki, I caved and requested the check.
So I’d have to say that the Disney Dining gods played a not-so-nice trick on us that night. And you know what they say, “Fool me once, shame on you. Fool me twice, shame on me.” But fool that I am, I will probably give Tony’s another try
… in another 10 years or so
…when I forget again why it is that we don’t dine there.
But to end on a positive note, at least I learned how to split two zucchini fries three ways!