Pizza Ponte Review – Disney Springs
Without fanfare, without pomp, circumstance, or flashing lights, I arrived at Disney Springs on the evening of December 23rd for last-minute Christmas shopping and to squeeze in one last pre-feast treat. What I did not expect was for Pizza Ponte to have arrived in the same unassuming fashion on the same night, in what seemed to be the same hour that I parked my car.
An Unexpected Treat
Pizza Ponte, one of the trio of The Patina Groups’ new restaurants slated to open at Disney Springs in 2018, blindsided me and hundreds of other shoppers on December 23. First, let’s rewind to December 21. I found myself at Disney Springs for a late-night walk and took particular notice that three new restaurants – Maria and Enzo’s, , Enzo’s Hideaway, and Pizza Ponte- all appeared nearly ready for their openings. I took note of the detail in the architecture through the construction walls that were still in place around the restaurants, peering through openings to catch a glimpse of the tunnel bar entrance and the façade of The Edison. From the little bits my right eye was able to gather through the cracks, the restaurant and bar both looked close to ready for guests!
Fast-forward to just 48 hours later and Pizza Ponte, the quick serve, pizza-centered restaurant, was open for business. No more construction walls obscured my view of any of the new restaurants, so I followed the crowd to the new pizzeria.
And boy, what a killing they were making! The line stretched so far out the doors that a staff member on hand was telling hungry guests we all had to wait our turn…just to enter the queue! Once my party and I made it through the doors though, I knew this very long wait would be very well worth my time. The scent of baking pizza dough and pungent, aromatic cheeses hit my nose instantly. When you enter a pizzeria and smell the burning ovens doing their work you can instantly recognize if the pizza is going to be good or subpar. I knew from five seconds inside the door that this pizza was going to be good.
I was right. Ask most New Yorkers like me to describe a perfect slice, and chances are we’ll detail the ins and outs of what makes a triangular New York-style slice good. When I saw only Sicilian-style pies for sale at the counter, my hopes were not nearly as high as they had been initially. The thick crust and sparse cheese portions always keep me from ordering most square shaped pizzas as I usually know that I’m in for a pizza that’s less than appetizing. I judged before I tasted; a mistake I’ll be sure to never make again! This blazing hot, drippy, thick-cut, huge slice was everything I’d hoped it would be and more.
Cheese, Cheese, Cheese, and more Cheese
I ordered the 4 cheese slice. The cheese blend was pungent and nicely contrasted the sauce. The ratio of cheese to sauce to dough was surprisingly good too. Sicilian style pizzas can air on the side of thick, dense, flavorless dough. The pizza makers at Pizza Ponte opened my mind and nailed the ratio 100%. The toppings kept the crust nice and chewy without drowning the slice. The tangy tomato sauce offset the melty creaminess of the cheese nicely, and it sure didn’t hurt that my slice was served absolutely bubbling hot! The price can be a deterrent with a plain cheese slice costing $7.00, but the size and quality of the slice did not make me think twice about the price
The menu offers a wide variety of pizzas and I made a mental note to taste the Tomato slice on my next visit(s). Take care to see what types of pizzas are offered the day you visit, though. Perhaps because the menu isn’t solidified yet, but there were more pizza varieties available than were listed on the menu! There was a delicious looking vegetable pizza featuring cauliflower the night I visited, as well as a pepperoni variety that flew off the counter at record speed. There is also a large selection of sandwiches on the menu as well as traditional Italian desserts like cannoli and zeppole, to name a few.
I would recommend giving this restaurant a try before the crowds thin out too much, as I can ensure you’d be served a hot fresh slice when they’re busy! The cast members were very organized and calm especially considering the newness of the restaurant and provided a welcoming experience despite the crazy crowds. For ease, you’d be hard pressed to find a more transportable lunch than a slice of pizza. You can easily take your slice to go and not worry about wasting any time while you’re visiting Disney Springs. So, is pizza a go-to favorite of yours? Will you try this new restaurant on your next trip to Disney Springs? Let me know in the comments!
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Special thanks to Maria Salerno for writing this article: Hiya pal! I am a NYC-based writer/musician thrilled to be bringing you all things Disney! I’m a WDW Annual Passholder, so you can find me in the parks regularly throughout the year. In addition to being a Disney Parks loving girl, I’m also a Disney toy and merchandise collector, a runDisney enthusiast, and Disney music and movie aficionado. You can follow me on Instagram: NYCtoAP and find me on YouTube: NYCtoAP. Thanks for reading, hope to see ya real soon!