Of the eleven pavilions in EPCOT’s World Showcase at the Walt Disney World Resort, the Italy Pavilion has long been a favorite of Guests who are looking to enjoy authentic dining in charming and immersive settings. The Italy pavilion is home to several dining options, including the very popular Via Napoli Ristorante e Pizzeria, which whisks Guests to Southern Italy with authentic cuisine and a vibrant atmosphere.
Via Napoli Ristorante e Pizzeria is a table service restaurant that is open daily for lunch and dinner and can be found all the way in the rear of the Italy Pavilion in a large building with a traditional façade. Once inside, Guests are greeted with a small waiting room complete with a massive chandelier of vibrant glass colors where they can check in and enjoy the atmosphere until their tables are ready.
The main dining room of Via Napoli Ristorante e Pizzeria is one massive open area with soaring high ceilings in the center that feature skylights that let in a beautiful amount of natural light. Tables and booth seating are found throughout the entire dining area, and the fabrics used are bright striped combinations of cheerful colors that help to liven up the space.
The décor is the perfect blend of modern and traditional, with high arched doorways, one wall featuring a fresco depicting the countryside, modern posters with artwork advertising the cities of Southern Italy, copper and metal light fixtures, chandeliers, and traditional tiled floors. There is even a semi-open-air room attached to one side where Guests can enjoy al fresco dining during certain times of the year.
The focal point of the dining area at Via Napoli Ristorante e Pizzeria is the trio of wood-burning ovens that are used to prepare the delicious pizzas on the menu, as well as pay homage to the natural beauty and power of Italy. Each oven features a face carved with tremendous detail with the mouths being the oven openings, and the trio represents Stromboli, Vesuvius, and Etna, the three volcanos of Italy.
The menu at Via Napoli Ristorante e Pizzeria whisks Guests to Southern Italy with a variety of indulgent and comforting dishes featuring traditional ingredients and flavors that are masterfully prepared. Featuring items crafted by restaurateur Nick Valenti, every single item captures the artistry and craft that is put into authentic Italian cuisine.
The lunch and dinner menus at Via Napoli Ristorante e Pizzeria are identical, and by far the most popular items are the Neapolitan pizzas, which are prepared in a thin-crust style in the wood-burning ovens. Each pizza features dough with water collected from a spring that is similar in nature to the Campania region in Italy and flour from Southern Italy, as well as San Marzano tomatoes and fresh mozzarella, making them as authentic as possible outside of Italy.
Each pizza variety can be ordered as a ten-inch individual pie, twenty-inch large option, or Mezzo Metro which is a whopping half meter in size and definitely enough to serve a family or group of Guests. Guests who are looking for the ultimate classic option should absolutely order the Margherita Pizza which is made with the perfect trio of tomato sauce mozzarella, and basil and lets the fresh and delicious ingredients speak for themselves.
Other pizza options available at Via Napoli Ristorante e Pizzeria include the Quattro Formaggi which is a white pizza with mozzarella, Parmesan, fontina, and provolone cheeses, the Carciofi with artichoke, fontina, mozzarella, and truffle oil, and Piccante which is served with tomato sauce, mozzarella, and Italian spicy sausage. Guests who are feeling adventurous can opt for the Prosciutto e Melone Pizza with fontina, mozzarella, prosciutto, cantaloupe, and arugula for the perfect combination of savory, sweet, and smoky.
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While the pizzas at Via Napoli Ristorante e Pizzeria are obviously amazing, there are plenty of other menu options that still feature traditional Southern Italian ingredients that Guests are sure to love. Some great Antipasti options include Tagliere which is a board featuring a chef’s selection of cured meats, cheeses, and accompaniments, Calamari Fritti paired with a spicy tomato sauce, and Mozzarella Caprese with vine-ripened tomatoes and basil.
Guests who are looking for lighter options can enjoy a classic Cesare Insalate with romaine lettuce, Parmesan, and savory bread crumbs and the option of adding chicken or shrimp for an additional fee. The House Salad at Via Napoli Ristorante e Pizzeria is made for sharing between two Guests or more and combines mixed greens, cucumber, pepperoncini, peppadew peppers, tomatoes, olives, and a red wine vinaigrette.
Pasta options at Via Napoli Ristorante e Pizzeria include traditional Tortellini with pancetta, sweet peas, and a Parmesan cream sauce and Spaghetti e Polpettine which is a traditional and delicious presentation of spaghetti and meatballs. Guests who enjoy a larger pasta noodle can opt for the Ravioli di Ricotta e Spinaci which features the perfect balance of ricotta and spinach topped with tomato sauce.
Heartier entrée options available for lunch and dinner at Via Napoli Ristorante e Pizzeria include the traditional Chicken Parmesan, Branzino served with lemon oil, sautéed green beans, and cherry tomatoes, and the Filetto di Manzo which features two beef filet medallions accompanied by fingerling potatoes, baby carrots, green beans, and rosemary butter. Guests can also round out their meals with sides such as green beans and fingerling potatoes.
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Italian cuisine is just as famous for its indulgent desserts as its pizzas, and Via Napoli Ristorante e Pizzeria is no exception. Guests definitely need to save room for classics such as Tiramisu, Cannoli Siciliano, and Panna Cotta. Also available are the Torta Della Nonna cake with cream, pinoli, and almond, Berry Cheese Cake with a blackberry compote, and Gelati e Sorbetti in flavors like chocolate and vanilla.
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Via Napoli Ristorante e Pizzeria is the ultimate dining option in EPCOT’s World Showcase for Guests who are looking to enjoy traditional Southern Italian cuisine in a vibrant and open atmosphere. From the perfectly crafted pizzas to the indulgent desserts, Guests should plan on enjoying a meal at Via Napoli Ristorante e Pizzeria in the Italy Pavilion in every visit to EPCOT.