Epcot’s World Showcase is home to some of the most popular dining locations in all of the Walt Disney World Resort. Each pavilion serves up authentic cuisine from that country that transports Guests to all corners of the world through their senses. The Italy Pavilion is home to four dining locations- a combination of quick service and table service restaurants with their own unique menus and charm. Let’s check out the restaurants in Epcot’s Italy Pavilion and see what makes them so incredible!
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Via Napoli Ristorante e Pizzeria
In the very rear of the Italy Pavilion is a charming table service restaurant that is very well-known by Guests for its delicious pizzas. Via Napoli Ristorante e Pizzeria welcomes Guests into a large dining area with high ceilings of various heights with beautiful arches, stylized artwork depicting different regions of Southern Italy, murals depicting the countryside, and brightly colored lighting and upholstery on chairs. There is even a small outdoor patio area where Guests can enjoy their meals outdoors while still shaded and covered from the sun and rain.
The menu at Via Napoli Ristorante e Pizzeria was created by Nick Valenti and highlights Southern Italian cuisine with a particular focus on Neapolitan pizzas that are perfectly cooked in three wood-burning ovens that are carved with faces to represent the three volcanos of Italy- Mount Etna, Mount Vesuvius, and Stromboli. Open daily for lunch and dinner, Guests who dine at Via Napoli Ristaurante e Pizzeria can begin their meals with small plates such as Calamari Fritti or Mozzarella Caprese or salads like the Cesare or House Salad. Traditional entrée options include Tortellini, Ravioli di Ricotta e Spinaci, Branzino, and Chicken Parmesan, but it is the extensive pizza menu that Guests tend to gravitate towards.
The pizzas served at the restaurant come in three sizes: individual, large, and mezzo metro and the biggest of the three can literally feed an entire family! Guests can choose from delicious pizza combinations including the Quattro Formaggi which is a white pizza with mozzarella, parmesan, fontina, and provolone cheeses, the Carciofi Pizza with artichokes, fontina, mozzarella, and truffle oil, the Piccanta Pizza with tomato sauce, Italian spicy sausage, and mozzarella, or the classic Margherita Pizza with tomato sauce, mozzarella, and basil.
No meal at Via Napoli Ristaurante e Pizzeria is complete without an indulgent dinner and Guests can choose from options like Tiramisu, Cannolo Siciliano, Berry Cheese Cake, Panna Cotta, and Torta Della Nonna.
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Tutto Italia Ristorante
Another table service restaurant found in Epcot’s Italy Pavilion is Tutto Italia Ristorante which celebrates authentic Italian cuisine from many different regions. The interior of Tutto Italia Ristorante features a cozy and warm environment with dark wooden paneling and seating surrounded by murals depicting scenes from ancient Rome. There is also a charming outdoor patio that overlooks the center of the Italy Pavilion, where performers can often be spotted throughout the day. Whether Guests sit indoors or out on the patio, they are sure to enjoy lunch or dinner from a menu crafted by award-winning Chef Joachim Splichal which specifically focuses on old world cooking and rich flavors from Italian cuisine.
The menu at Tutto Italia Ristorante is rather small, but each item is so delicious that Guests will still have difficulty choosing their meals. Antipasti options to begin lunch or dinner include “Fior di Latte” Caprese, Calamari Fritti, and Casesar Salad as well as indulgent Carpaccio di Manzo featuring charred Wagyu beef paired with arugula, Parmesan cheese, and lemon dressing. Guests can also opt for the Tagliere which is a charcuterie board for two with carious meats, cheeses, and accompaniments. The entrée options at Tutto Italia Ristorante are broken down into Secondi with classic Parmigiana, Salmone, and Bistecca, and Pasta with options including Lasagna alla Bolognese, Spaghetti, Fettuccine, and Penne alla Vodka. With so many delicious options, it might be hard to leave room for dessert at Tutto Italia Ristorante, but amazing options such as Mocha Tiramisu, Panna Cotta, Cannoli, Torta di Ricotta al Limone, and Tartufo al Caffe make it worth the effort!
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Tutto Gusto Wine Cellar
Right next door to Tutto Italia Ristorante is a cozy lounge location that truly transports Guests away from the hustle and bustle of World Showcase. Tutto Gusto Wine Cellar brings Guests into a small dining area with low vaulted ceilings, moody lighting, wooden beams, and intimate high top tables for a laid-back dining experience perfectly pared with wine. The location features over two hundred different bottles of Italian wine to choose from, and the Cast Members who work at Tutto Gusto Wine Cellar are amazing at helping Guests perfectly pair their wine with their meals.
Despite being a lounge with no formal reservations, Tutto Gusto Wine Cellar offers up a full menu of authentic Italian cuisine that ca be enjoyed throughout each day in the Italy Pavilion and partially mirror the options offered at Tutto Italia Ristorante. In fact, the entire Antipasti menu at Tutto Gusto Wine Cellar is the same as Tutto Italia Ristorante, but the pasta courses offer some different choices. Pasta offerings at Tutto Gusto Wine Cellar include Lasagna alla Bolognese, Gnocchi Sorrentina, Ravioli, Spaghetti, and Penne Vodka. Guests who are looking for a heartier entrée option can choose between Bistecca, Salmone, Petto di Pollo, and Parmigiana. Dessert is an absolute must at Tutto Gusto Wine Celler (especially when paired with a wonderful dessert wine!) and options include Gelati e Sorbetti, Cannoli, Mocha Tiramisu, Tartufo al Caffe, and more. Tutto Gusto Wine Cellar is the perfect spot in the Italy Pavilion to be able to relax and unwind while truly feeling like the heart of Italy.
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Guests who are looking to indulge in a sweet treat that they can enjoy while exploring Epcot’s Italy Pavilion will certainly love the quick service Gelateria Toscana. Situated in the front of the Italy Pavilion, the location features an ordering counter where Guests can indulge in a variety of gelato flavors including chocolate, vanilla, pistachio, cookies and cream, stracciatella, and amerena cherry as well as sorbet with flavors including lemon and strawberry. All of these delicious flavors can be ordered in a cup or waffle cone, or in specialty creations like the Naufrago Float which combines root bear and vanilla gelato or the Bellini Float which combines Coca-Cola and vanilla gelato.
Other cold and decadent treats at Gelateria Toscana include the Coppa Delizia which features strawberry, vanilla, and cookies and cream flavors topped with strawberry sauce and whipped cream or the “Affogato” Espresso Gelato which tops vanilla gelato with fresh Italian espresso and amaretto cookies. Gelateria Toscana also serves up a variety of soft drinks and alcoholic beverages for Guests including beer, wine, sangria, Sparkling Italian Soda, and the Italian Margarita which is a frozen lend of Limoncello, tequila, ad margarita. A sweet treat from Gelateria Toscana is the perfect thing to pair with enjoying all that the Italy Pavilion in Walt Disney World has to offer!
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