Foodie Friday: Pasta Palooza at Maria & Enzo’s

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Last week, The Mouse For Less was invited to attend the Pasta Palooza event at Maria & Enzo’s in Disney Springs. During this event, we learned how to make Maria & Enzo’s signature Spaghetti Alla Chitarra Con Polpette.

The pasta itself is made with thick-cut pasta, marinara sauce, Maria’s family recipe meatballs, parmigiano reggiano, and basil. The dish gets its name because the meaning of Chitarra in Italian is, “guitar”, and this is a square-cut spaghetti very traditional of Abruzzo. The dough is traditionally rolled over a box strung with metal guitar strings at even spacing, producing a pasta of square shape. The Spaghetti Alla Chitarra Con Polpette is a staple menu item that guests can always order when visiting this Disney Springs restaurant.

According to Kyle Collins, Marketing Director of Patina Restaurant Group, “The signature pasta dishes that we serve at Maria & Enzo’s are so delicious and unique because of the authenticity of ingredients that we use. We go the extra mile to source our pasta from The Gentile Pasta Factory, founded in 1876, in Gragnano, Italy because it’s made using 100% Italian semolina wheat and a low-temperature natural air-drying method that pasta-makers pioneered in the sixteenth century.”

During the event, Executive Chef Charlie Restivo taught attendees how to make the meatballs and even went through a demonstration of how the pasta is rolled.


Let’s get to the dishes! First, we tried the Salumi E Formaggi which was quite yummy. We are always big fans of charcuterie boards.

Maria & Enzo's

Next up was the Melanzane Alla Parmigiana (Eggplant Parmesean) which was incredibly delicious.

Maria & Enzo's

We then moved into the star of the show – the Spaghetti Alla Chitarra Con Polpette. It was very flavorful. The pasta itself really absorbed the flavor of the sauce, but the real star of the show were the meatballs. The sausage gave them a hint of spicy, but there were so many delicious flavors.

Maria & Enzo's

For dessert, we were served delectable cannolis. With that hint of crunch and the creamy inside, a cannoli is the perfect end to a great meal.

Maria & Enzo's

Overall, the meal was incredibly delicious and we would definitely recommend that if you visit Maria & Enzo’s you strongly consider ordering the Spaghetti Alla Chitarra Con Polpette.

Now, while we were indeed invited here by Maria & Enzo’s, we were, of course, not prompted to give a positive review. Our thoughts are our own.

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