Cody Smith is back with an awesome review of the Via Napoli Pizza Window! (Yep — he went TODAY — when it’s CROWDED!) Huge thanks to you, Cody! (Cody’s a Cast Member at the moment, but you can also find him over at GDPinvestigation).
Originally excited for the newly-tested pizza window at Via Napoli, I was expecting a great success like I found the restaurant was. So I quickly headed over to the Italy pavilion at Epcot to see what this pizza window offered.
Getting into the Italy pavilion, you can see the line, which was fairly long, but moved rather quickly. The window is to the left of the entrance and check-in area; the ordering podium is one used during the Food and Wine Festivals as is the sign that the menu is featured on. This pizza window offers only a few items (probably because it is a testing phase): Sicilian-style Margherita pizza (with just cheese and sauce, no extras), a cannoli, stromboli, and drinks (including a few alcoholic drinks and beer).
The line moved very quickly, which I was very surprised about. Once order, you move to the actual window, which features a case in front of the window.
The demand is evident by how many pizza boxes there are!
At the window, you hand the Cast Member your receipt, and then you immediately get your piece of pizza, which was a bit disappointing. I was expecting the great thin-crusted pizza from inside the restaurant, which is now one of my favorites, but sadly it wasn’t. Don’t get me wrong, I still liked the pizza (it was OK), just not as good as the ACTUAL pizza from inside the restaurant. Sadly, that was my biggest disappointment.
Though I like this idea, I feel that once I figured out that the pizza wasn’t actually from inside the restaurant, it clicked in my head that they might not be making this a “permanent” establishment, like we all hoped for it to become. But you never know.