Thanks to Gloria Blankenship for this great review of her experience at Via Napoli! She also added a photo to the growing number on our First Look!: Epcot Via Napoli Pictures post! Thanks, Gloria!
We went there today before the soft opening, scheduled for Thursday. We were able to walk right in, although the tables soon filled up. Epcot is beautiful — and my favorite park — so I am biased.
The wood-fired ovens have faces and names: Stromboli, Versuvio and Etna. Nice touch and amusing. Wood-fired pizza is the specialty here, and you can also find veal, chicken, pasta, eggplant, gelato, and assorted wines and non-alcoholic beverages on the Via Napoli menu. There are nice chandeliers, decor, and a fresh “natural light” feel to the restaurant along with the charm of back-lit wood-fired ovens, chefs tossing pizza dough, and servers whose goal is to feed and charm the guests.
The calamari fritti (14.00) was good and came with marinara and lemons. Very nicely portioned.
The pizza was quite good and came in three sizes: 16.00 for individual 10 inch, 27.00 for 20 inch, and 37.00 for half meter, which serves four. The Margherita pizza has real basil on it, although they only had grated parmesan pecorino from a shaker — not fresh parmesan service. The pizza sauce and dough are good, and the pizza’s cheese was nice. The crust is not too thick or thin.
The kids meals come with pizza, chicken, or spaghetti and meatballs, and include a drink (no grapes, carrots, applesauce, or cookie) and cost 9.50. Kids meal drinks are milk, juice, or bottled water. My server brought a soda instead when asked, so this might be an option. They also offered spaghetti marinara, a la carte, when we requested it. That is the Disney magic — special requests with a smile.
There is a nice bread and dipping oil with entree. Very light and crisp, but not crunchy.
The ambience and experience is delightful; tables are not bunched together as in some Disney spots. Fabio, my server, was charming and courteous. Buon Appetito!
Thanks, Gloria! Click the following link to see more about Epcot’s newest restaurant, Via Napoli!
Thanks again to Tricia Keegan for the use of her Via Napoli photo!