Podcast Episode 269: Italy In Depth

Continuing on with our In Depth series, this week we take a look at Epcot’s Italy Pavilion.  Here you can find wonderful atmosphere, lots of great food, and some really unique shopping opportunities.  It’s one of our favorite stops along the World Showcase!

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Via Napoli- Review

Situated in the Italy pavilion of Epcot, Via Napoli serves wood fired pizza as well as a full menu of Italian favorites. They are probably most well-known for the Neapolitan pizza and their awesome stoves named after Italy’s three active volcanoes. This is a very popular restaurant so be sure to make your reservations early. This is a great restaurant for large parties since they have plenty of seating. Plus most people love a great pizza and this is the place to get it!


Since we had a picky eater amongst us we chose to go with the Quattro Formaggi in the Mezzo Metro. This serves 3-5 people and is the largest size of pizza. It is pretty big, but the crust is thin so if you have a part of 4 with more than 2 adults this might be a good choice!

Children are given a neat activity sheet and crayons which helps to keep them entertained while the food is being made!

The pizza is covered in mozzarella, parmesan, fontina, and provolone. It got a big thumbs up from everyone in our party!


The restaurant itself is very elegant looking and the centerpiece of the ovens are so neat to look at. It is pretty loud in the restaurant so just be aware of that if you are looking for a quite dinner. Our service was perfect and we had no problem getting anything we needed.

Bottom line: we would go again! The pizza was amazing and the atmosphere was fun! This is perfect for families and large groups!

Review of Via Napoli Ristorante e Pizzeria

Located across the World Showcase Lagoon at the back of the Italy pavilion, Via Napoli is one of my very favorite sit down meals in all of Walt Disney World.


This restaurant has fabulous ambiance, complete with an open kitchen where you can watch the Italian chefs prepare your pizzas in the wood fired oven. Because of the open nature of this restaurant it does at times get noisy, but I didn’t find that to be a big problem where my husband and I were seated this night.

Very soon after we were sat our waiter asked if we’d prefer our sparkling or still, and were delivered a bottle of San Pellegrino mineral water to our table. A nice way to start our meal!


Deciding to go all out we ordered an appetizer (something we normally skip!) We went with the Arancini (described in the menu as “fried risotto balls filled with mozzarella and meat ragu”) and they were amazing! Perfectly crispy on the outside with a perfectly cooked risotto in the middle. Even the tomato sauce surrounding the arancini was perfect for pairing with the appetizer. I don’t think it could get any better than this… except if it came with more arancini 😉


On to the entrees. My husband ordered and devoured the Candele (“candle stick pasta, sausage ragu, polpettine meatballs, mozzarella, ricotta”). He rarely has a bad word to say about any meal, but he did seem to particularly enjoy this pasta dish!


I opted for the margherita pizza, and it was worth every minute of uncomfort I had after the meal from eating WAY too much! This pizza really is something special. Rumor has it that water is brought in straight from Italy to make this pizza dough, for a taste that is as authentic as possible. Having had pizza in Venice, Italy, I have to say they are pretty darn close!


I did not get to enjoy a dessert at Via Napoli this trip, but on a return visit I’m going to make it a priority to leave room for the Tiramisu. It will probably be the closest I get to a true Italian tiramisu in a long time!


Have you been to Via Napoli? What did you order?