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Maria and Enzo’s Ristorante puts an elegant twist on “Old Fashioned” dining

by Susan and Simon Veness

Maria and Enzo’s Ristorante at Disney Springs invites you to join them for an Old Fashioned Evening on June 23, sampling Knob Creek whiskeys and dining on Italian selections amid a vibrant yesteryear ambiance that recalls the golden age of travel.

Maria and Enzo's Old Fashioned Evening


Immerse in the heady delights of an “Old Fashioned Evening,” (referring to the whiskey-based cocktail, not a style of dining) at Maria and Enzo’s, savoring classic sips and Italian-inspired lite bites in grand trattoria style.

Maria and Enzo’s restaurant opened in 2018, bringing an aviation theme to the Disney Springs story, along with a spectacular view over Lake Buena Vista in the center of the Springs. With its large, bright dining room reminiscent of an airline terminal, and details that nod toward the nostalgia of early air travel, it makes an ideal setting for indulging in one of the most classic cocktails.

Guests attending the event will sample an Enzo’s Special Edition Knob Creek bourbon and a Maria’s Special Edition Knob Creek rye, then progress to a Hazelnut Old Fashioned, made with Knob Creek bourbon, Frangelico, angostura bitters, and orange peel. It is the signature drink at the cozy Enzo’s Hideaway Tunnel Bar, a 1920s speakeasy serving prohibition-era libations.

The evening is capped off with Maria’s signature drink, an Italian Old Fashioned concocted with Maria’s Special Edition Knob Creek rye, orange cello, sweet vermouth, and a splash of soda.

Meat and cheese boards, mini arancini (lightly floured rice croquettes with Italian sausage ragù and fior di latte mozzarella), and sweet bourbon caramel truffles add a tasty flourish to the evening.

This limited-seating event takes place on June 23 at 7 p.m. Tickets are $85 per person, including tax and gratuity, and advance reservations are required.

To save your spot, purchase tickets here. For more information on Maria and Enzo’s, visit DisneyWorld.com.

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