Review: New Menu Items at Animal Kingdom’s Pizzafari!

It’s the story that we’re continuing to watch: Disney’s Animal Kingdom is undergoing major changes!

And you may think that the updates are just relegated to attractions as the park transitions from a daytime-only to an all-day destination. But it only makes sense that more people staying longer will mean that they’ll need to eat!

While we look forward to brand new spots, like Tiffins Restaurant and the Nomad Lounge, we’re also seeing lots of menu updates to existing favorites. Today, we throw the spotlight on Pizzafari!

Atmosphere

You’ll find Pizzafari en route to Africa on Discovery Island.  The counter service restaurant offers mostly inside seating, which is always a major plus when trying to beat the heat.

Pizzafari Sign

Pizzafari Sign

Though the outside has been refurbished to reflect the more natural, earthy colors that are now  prevalent around Discovery Island, the inside seating areas remain bright, colorful, and whimsical.

Pizzafari Dining Room

Pizzafari Dining Room

Throughout the restaurant you’ll find differently themed dining rooms in addition to mural-ed hallways.

Wall Murals

Wall Murals

Wall Murals

Wall Murals

Colors are bold and cheery, and add a really great dimension to this quick service spot.

Brightly Painted Decor

Brightly Painted Decor

Be sure to look up as well! I love these cool bats that seem to be sleeping overhead in a room dedicated to “upside down” animals.

Hanging Bats!

Hanging Bats!

Back in the ordering area, you’ll spy another one of my favorite murals. A colorful peacock holds court here, and butterflies stretch up all the way to the high ceiling.

Painted Peacock Above the Ordering Area

Painted Peacock Above the Ordering Area

Butterflies Going Up To The Ceiling

Butterflies Going Up To The Ceiling

While awaiting your food, check out the back wall of the kitchen as well! You’ll see that the pizza ovens are adorned with more underwater scenes depicted in mosaic tile.

Decorated Pizza Ovens

Decorated Pizza Ovens

There’s so much to see everywhere you turn! But now it’s time to get down to the business at hand: eating. :-)

Eats

So — of course Pizzafari still offers a Pizza-heavy menu, with some additional Italian-American options. You’ll still find plenty of Pies here, including Cheese and Pepperoni as well as  Mediterranean and Meat Lover’s options. They also make great use of those pizza ovens by offering a Baked Pasta Bolognese.

But a new food item that caught our eye is the Shrimp Flatbread! (At present, this is the only flatbread on the menu; the rest of the items in this genre are still designated as pizzas.)

Shrimp Flatbread with Antipasto Salad!

Shrimp Flatbread with Antipasto Salad!

It comes with a side of Antipasto Salad, full of Roasted Veggies and Marinated Cheese.

Antipasto Salad

Antipasto Salad

The flatbread itself is really colorful and fresh-looking. Clearly, it was prepared to order.

Shrimp Flatbread

Shrimp Flatbread

The bread has a great texture, both crispy and flakey.

Flatbread Closeup

Flatbread Closeup

The Roasted Shrimp are scattered on top with the other Salad-type ingredients. The shrimp themselves were large and well-seasoned.

Shrimp

Shrimp

The Vegetables included Tomatoes, Onions, Red Peppers, and Arugula.

Shrimp Flatbread Toppings

Shrimp Flatbread Toppings

Beneath the toppings, the flatbread itself offered a layer of melted Mozzarella topped with Alfredo Sauce and Pesto. All three combined to be a perfect flavor match for the seasoned shrimp.

Melted Cheese, Alfredo Sauce and Pesto

Melted Cheese, Alfredo Sauce, and Pesto

In addition to looking pretty, it was quite good. Given that Pizzafari’s pizza hasn’t always been my favorite, I was delighted to see this pizza-salad hybrid flatbread option. I hope they add more!

Another beautiful addition to the menu is the Heart of Romaine Salad. While a Caesar Salad is nothing new on the Pizzafari menu, this new iteration featuring an entire Heart of Romaine sliced down the middle is a dressed up version. You can choose from Chicken or Shrimp to top your salad. Since the shrimp is new to the menu, that was my choice.

Heart of Romaine Salad with Shrimp

Hearts of Romaine Salad with Shrimp

Again, I was struck by the presentation of the salad. This is another really attractive plate, especially for a counter service joint.

Served on a Large Heart of Romaine

Served on a Large Heart of Romaine

The salad is topped with Roasted Shrimp and a tangy, creamy Caesar Dressing.

Roasted Shrimp

Roasted Shrimp

You’ll also find generous helpings of shredded Parmesan Cheese and Croutons.

Shredded Parmesan and Croutons

Shredded Parmesan and Croutons

But entrees weren’t the only new items we spotted. There were also a couple of new sides to check out.

First up, Pizzafari now offers Tomato Basil Soup.

Tomato Basil Soup

Tomato Basil Soup

This soup is a total no-brainer! We all know that Disney makes some incredible Tomato Basil Soup, so I’m happy whenever it pops up on a menu. And with such a big indoor eating area, Pizzafari is totally a soup-friendly spot!

Closeup of the Tomato Basil Soup

Closeup of the Tomato Basil Soup

The soup comes with packages of crackers, but you’re gonna wanna trade them for the next item I’m about to show you.

Check out the upgraded Garlic Knots! Still available as a snack credit, you get large, delicious garlic knots (there were 6 in my order), served with a side of Marinara Sauce for dipping.

Garlic Knots and Marinara Sauce

Garlic Knots and Marinara Sauce

Up close, you can see that the bread is generously coated with Olive Oil and a combo of Herbs, Garlic,  and shredded Cheese.

Garlic Knot Closeup

Garlic Knot Closeup

Inside, the bread texture is tender and fluffy.

Garlic Knot Cross-Section

Garlic Knot Cross-Section

They are perfectly paired with the Tomato Basil Soup!

But you also have another new option: Garlic Butter Dipping Sauce. Yes. You read that right. Regardless of what you order, it’s going to run you an extra buck. But it is WELL worth it, especially when you’re dunking Garlic Knots.

Garlic Dipping Sauce

Garlic Dipping Sauce

Having the two sauces makes this a great item to share as a simple pre-meal appetizer for your whole table!

Overall

Pizzafari hasn’t always been my go-to option in Animal Kingdom. In fact, it was usually my last choice, and I only ate there because I knew I had to review it for the blog. So to be able to share that there are a few updates to the menu that make it not the debacle that it used to be makes me pretty excited.

The Heart of Romaine Salad, topped with either Chicken or Shrimp, is my favorite salad option when I’m going with a park counter service spot. And the generous portion sizes here also mean that you aren’t going to leave hungry.

I’ve got to hand it to Pizzafari: everything I ate both looked beautiful and tasted fresh and fantastic. While I hope to see more flatbread options in the future, I still think it’s safe to say that, with this menu refresh, they’ve definitely upped their game a bit.

Will be trying one of the new items available at Pizzafari? Let us know in the comments below!

Comments

  1. Sarah says

    Based on what I’ve read elsewhere, I would highly recommend trying the regular pizza options too. They are apparently new versions of what was previously served and much better.

  2. Sandra says

    We love the décor of this restaurant! My son always wants to go for pizza (not a discerning palate) and my husband has enjoyed the chicken Caesar salad so he’s going to want to try this new iteration. I do miss the old hot Italian sandwich, which was surprisingly good and came with a side salad. The new menu looks like we’ll be eating there at least once on our next trip.

  3. Essie says

    I think that the grilled shrimp flat bread looks particularly good, but I’d like to see their entire menu also, just out of curiosity. I mean, food at WDW IS very important, right?

  4. Amy says

    Count me among those who have never been thrilled about Pizzafari’s pizza. But that shrimp flatbread does look tasty. It looks like it could use a little more toppings though ~ or at least toppings scattered around a bit more. Looks like a lot of empty space around the edges.
    The garlic knots really look good as well. Were they very heavy on the garlic flavor or not too garlicky?
    With food allergies to seafood and fish for my Mom, we likely won’t be skipping Flame Tree to eat here instead, but those garlic knots might be a snack option some day during our visit :)

  5. DwarfPlanet says

    The décor is pretty neat. That shrimp flatbread had a lot of empty crust space around the edges in the picture. The heart of romaine salad looked really good and I think I would pair it with those garlic knots.

  6. Amy says

    Thanks for the new updates, the shrimp dishes look great! We used to love Pizzafari’s breakfast, it’s too bad that is gone. :(

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