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Guest Review: Via Napoli

I don’t usually do two guest reviews in two days, but I couldn’t pass up this opportunity to share these gorgeous pics from the brand new Via Napoli restaurant! My good friend Jessica Kramer-Teheran from Monocle on the Mouse was in Disney World this past weekend and shares this report full of pics and video…

Via Napoli in Epcot's Italy Pavilion

The best way to enjoy Via Napoli, from my first impression, is to turn it into a “family style” meal. Depending on the size of your party and the depths of your appetite, order a couple of appetizers, a couple of entrees, and a couple of desserts, then ‘Mangia!’ to your heart’s content. We split every dish, and even my good friend — who’s used to his Grandma’s Italian cooking — was impressed.

The Arancini appetizer seems to be emerging as an early front-runner in popularity & taste. Warm mozzarella cheese binds together fluffy rice & lightly seasoned meat inside a perfectly golden thin shell, commonly referred to as a “rice ball.”

Arancini

Pre-opening I understand that the price tag for pizza was a concern, but I can honestly say that the “individual Margherita Pizza” was worth the $16. It was on par with famous classics like Lombardi’s in NYC, and I wouldn’t make that claim lightly.

Via Napoli Margherita Pizza

We also shared the “pollo parmigiana” which is served on two separate plates; one plate holds the spaghetti torta, served as a disk and stuck together (apologies to my Italian friends if there is a more sophisticated description for this plating style), and one plate holds the actual chicken. The presentation of the pasta portion of the entree seemed to lend itself to cause the pasta to dry out, but the chicken was tender and the sauce (or ‘gravy’) didn’t saturate the breading to cause any sogginess at all. The Mozzarella cheese on top of the Pollo Parmigiana & Margherita pizza tasted fresh, had a light consistency, and wasn’t overly salted.

Polli Parmigiana

Spaghetti Torta

For dessert I absolutely loved the Coppa Amarena, or ‘ugly sundae,’ as I believe it’s referred to (Editor’s Note: This is also called the Coppa Di Brutti Ma Buoni). Although, the only ugly part of this entire experience was having to leave when it was over. Creamy refreshing amarena cherry and vanilla gelato with a taste of toasted almond, topped with fresh whipped cream and highlighted with the crunch of a softer biscotti made the Coppa Amarena a ‘must eat’ for me.

Coppa Amarena

My good friend ordered the Zeppole di Catarina, or ricotta cheese fritters, which are served with warm melted chocolate & freshly whipped cream. The chocolate sauce was surprisingly rich and didn’t taste like average quality dessert chocolate; it was refreshingly ‘high end’ chocolate. (Editor’s Note: More donuts. ;) )

Zeppole With Whipped Cream and Chocolate

Atmosphere in the restaurant is friendly, the rooms feel open and airy, and the aesthetic is colorful and well thought out. Painted olive oil bottles, oversized light fixtures, an open counter kitchen area, and details like distinctively placed tiles in the restrooms show us that not only is the food (& eye candy) delicious at Via Napoli, but the details paint a full and satisfying picture.

Editor’s Note: She didn’t mention them in her review, but Jess also sent along pics of the bellini and the graspia drinks!

Graspia

Bellini

By the way! Here are a couple of videos from Jess as well! You’ll get a close-up look at the decor and the pizza making!

Thank you, Jess!! Those pics are stunning, as always. Click here to learn more about Via Napoli, and check out more Via Napoli pictures and the full Via Napoli menu! Stay tuned this weekend for another Via Napoli report as well!

Photo Credit: Thanks again to Tricia Keegan for use of the Via Napoli exterior pic!

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11 Comments

  1. Dana says:

    Awesome! I cannot wait to try this place in September.

  2. Dana says:

    I just realized I have a question. Does anyone know how the ddp work in Via Napoli? I.E. Can one person get a large pizza as their entree or would it be 2 table service credits? I read somewhere that if you get a 1/2 meter pizza for 4 people it is a table service cradit per person.

  3. Sarah says:

    I can’t wait! I have a dinner reservation there in late October (Le Cellier for lunch!), but I don’t think I’ll be able to wait that long! I have Epcot on the agenda in a couple weeks, and after we stop for lunch for a lamb wrap at Tangierine Cafe, we might have to see about going there for arancini and a pie. :)

  4. AJ says:

    Hey Dana! Yep, it’s one table service credit per person for everyone eating. From what I understand, if you are all sitting there and split a large pizza between you, it’s still one table service credit per person. However, I’m NOT sure what would happen if each person ordered a 1/2 meter pizza as their entree!

    Sarah — Ha! Nothing wrong with two lunches, right? ;-)

  5. Can’t wait until our planned visit in late October. EIF&WF here we come!

  6. Jo says:

    I was definitely one who balked at the prices when they first came out. But now, I’m actually excited to try it. I have our ADR! Jessica, your pictures made me drool…especially the Zeppole!

  7. Steve says:

    The only thing I still have issue with is the prices for the pizza. I pay $20 for a large specialty pizza at the big 3 in New Haven. $45 for the same size pizza at Via Napoli seems crazy! IMHO

  8. Chris says:

    I had dinner there with my daughters on Saturday and thought it was well worth the cost. We tried the pepperoni and the four cheese and thought they were heavenly. (Of course, we also found the waiters heavenly…but in a very different way!) Our waitress was delightful and really made the meal more fun. We’ll come back to Via Napoli for sure.

  9. Shayne says:

    I’m loving all the Via Napoli news! It will be a while before we can get there, but in the meantime, this is making me look forward to our visit to Naples at Disneyland in a few weeks!

  10. Betty says:

    Love the back to back Italian reviews. It shows the guest the wide range of hit or miss WDW sometimes has. Love the difference the chicken parmigiana and its presentation!
    Keep up the good work

  11. Excellent photos Jessica and enjoyed reading about the new restaurant! We’re already booked for the short October trip, but thanks to these photos we’ll definitely visit in December! :)

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