The highly anticipated PizzeRizzo soft opened today ahead of it’s official opening on Friday, November 18th at Disney’s Hollywood Studios. Located in the Muppets Courtyard area, the quick service pizza restaurant takes over the space formerly occupied by Pizza Planet by MuppetVision 3-D.
I didn’t take many pictures of the exterior as we have been staring at it at naesuem for several months now.
Many pictures are just rather plain, but some feature Muppets characters. You’ll have to look real close for the details at this restaurant.
My first stop was Rizzo’s Deluxe Supreme Banquet Hall as it was the most talked up feature of the restaurant.
It was fairly plain, but had fun lighting and music. In fairness, I haver been to banquet halls in New York that look just like this. But we’re not in New York apparently… more on that in a bit…
Pictures of New York landmarks can be found scattered around both the upper and lower floor seating areas.
This is the upstairs.
Some signs from the Streets of America were reused in the interior of PizzeRizzo, a nice touch.
The two “VIP” booths towards the back of the second floor are surrounded by Muppets caricature pictures.
The balcony upstairs offers nice views of the Muppets Courtyard (and a little bit of Star Wars construction).
The upstairs restrooms are fairly plain.
Some papers hanging upstairs allude to more of the restaurant’s storyline. A “ZARAT” review puts the restaurant in Downtown L.A., meaning Rizzo and his fellow rats have opened this Pizza restaurant far from New York. It is supposedly a secondary location to their New York one. There is also a reference to 1989, when the park opened.
1991 is a reference to when MuppetVision 3-D joined the park.
The lower level dining area, adjacent to where you order your meal.
We will have a full review of the menu for you in the next day or so, so stay tuned!