Are you hungry for pizza and pasta while on your adventure in Tokyo DisneySea? Look no further than Zambini Brothers’ Ristorante.
This beautiful two-story restaurant in the Mediterranean Harbor blends perfectly into the surrounding area – almost to the point of missing it, if you are not paying attention. Of course, you don’t want to miss this affordable (under ¥1000 for most meals) counter service restaurant and I am going to tell you why.
Atmosphere & Decor
The story goes that the Zambini Brothers’ were among the first to open up a restaurant in the area and this location was first a winery which they converted into a restaurant to share their favourite meals (pizza and pasta dishes).
With that backstory, you immediately notice the “winery” elements throughout the restaurant. With wine barrels and wine aesthetics in every nook and cranny, it is impossible to not want to have an ¥850 glass of red wine with your panetta and cream sauce penne.
The lower level includes the counter to order your food and some seating. Up on the second floor, there is both indoor and outdoor seating. While the restaurant does get busy at peak dining hours, finding a spot to sit has never been a problem.
My favourite part of the restaurant is on the terrace on the second floor. Not only are you outside, but you get to hear the beautiful background music and scenery (such as the various plants they have scattered around the area). This is a popular spot to sit on nice weather days, so you may have to wait to get a spot. Trust me when I say it is worth it. If you time it right, you may see dancers walk by (sometimes characters too) to head down to the harbor. This doesn’t happen for every harbor show, but a few of them do.
Wine & Dine
As someone who buys red wine from 7-11 in Japan, I like to consider myself an “inexpensive” wine connoisseur (I know you’re laughing at me now). The wine choice here is basic – red or wine – and both are far from terrible, but definitely not top shelf either. With a glass for ¥850, it is not bad. Keep an eye on their seasonal offerings, as they usually offer a seasonal cocktail.
Now, how does the food stack up? Full disclosure, I am not the biggest pasta fan on the planet but I certainly am a huge pizza planet fan (my joke didn’t work but I am leaving it in here anyway). They now offer two types of pizza pies; tomato & mozzarella pizza and the chicken & olive pizza. If you made me choose the best one, without a doubt is the tomato & mozzarella. The size of the pizzas is roughly the size of a personal pan and is good for one person. If you are a big eater, then this is may not fill you up. However, his is the best place to get pizza at a counter service restaurant.
As for the pasta, I have had them in the past but my heart lies with the pizza. But for the times I have had the pasta they are certainly delicious and simple. The spaghetti & bolognese and panetta and cream sauce penne are perfect for pasta lovers. The minestrone soup or pasta crisps (fried spaghetti basically) is an excellent add-on to any meal.
If you’re a seafood lover then you certainly are required to have the seafood doria (rice gratin). This is an interesting dish in itself. After living in Japan for a time, learning to love seafood comes as part of life here. While I initially didn’t care for the dish at first, it has grown on me.
Their dessert choice is nothing to get excited over. They are uninspired, compared to the other desserts in the park. If you are having any dessert from there, get the one included with the special seasonal set. There are better places for dessert selections (New York Deli and Cape Cod Cook-Off to name a few).
Finding yourself wanting to carb load to offset all the walking you are doing? Then follow these recommendations and you’re well on your way to carb heaven:
- Tomato & Mozzarella Pizza
- Spaghetti & Bolognese
- Pasta Crisps
- Minestrone Soup
- Glass of wine paired with any of the above
Maximize your experience at Zambini Brothers by following our recommendations:
- Eat at off-peak periods (before or after lunch/dinner)
- Refill your water bottle on the first floor. Since it’s indoors, the water is cooler.
- Take your freshly baked pizza and eat outside on the second floor to soak up the atmosphere
- Check what the seasonal special food set it and get that
Pizza, wine, beautiful scenery on the 2nd floor and perfectly executed scenery. Zambini Brothers’ Ristorante is the ideal place to enjoy the best pizza at Tokyo DisneySea with a glass of red wine. Don’t take my word for it (well you should since you are reading this but I digress), go and check it out yourself. You won’t be disappointed.
For more counter service recommendations check out our list of the best ones at Tokyo Disneyland and Tokyo DisneySea.
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