Mars-inara with Meatballs @ Redd Rockett’s Pizza Port

Price: $9.99

When: April 17, 2016, 12:15 PM

Reservations: n/a

Verdict? Recommended

We’re hanging with Will and Greta in the parks, and their 3-year-old is hungry. He’s keen on kid stuff (e.g., cheesy macaroni). We’re in Tomorrowland. There’s only one option: Redd Rockett’s Pizza Port.

Despite my recent, successful visit to Redd’s (see: Venus Vegetarian Pizza) I’m still not sold that the restaurant is any good. Too many of my Disney-nerd friends have trashed the joint over the years; there’s a lot of water under that bridge. And yet, confronted with a hungry toddler (and some soon-to-be-redeemable Star Tours FastPasses), Redd’s is where we’re heading.

Deep breath. Let’s do this. It’s for the project.

After looking over my options, I decide that the “Mars-inara with Meatballs” is a good choice. It’s basic: capellini pasta in red sauce, served with meatballs and sprinkled with parmesan cheese. This feels like it could be good … or very, very disappointing.

Redd’s is counter-service. I queue to order, and spot a pre-made Mars-inara plate under the heat lamp. As luck would have it, this is the one I’m handed by the Cast Member.

Sigh. This is not a good sign.

We find a nice table outside, start grooving on Tomorrowland people-watching, and I assess the pasta. There’s a good amount of sauce, accompanied by a half-dozen or so meatballs. The cheese is grated, not powdered. I insert a fork, twirl, and give it a try.

It’s tasty!

Nobody was more surprised than me, here: I expected overcooked pasta with bland sauce, and instead got something that’s downright decent. The red sauce carries its weight. The meatballs are slightly spicy, and not too big. The cheese ads a ton of good texture. And the capellini is a nice, light, pasta that keeps it all together. It’s basic, but unpretentious. I would certainly eat it again. Recommended.

One note: this is a lot of food. You could split this between two adults, no problem. Find a friend before ordering.