Review: Tutto Gusto Wine Cellar in Epcot’s Italy Pavilion

Felice Anniversario di un Anno, Tutto Gusto!

This fantastic little wine bar, located in Epcot’s Italy Pavilion, has been open for a whole year. Can you believe it?

Tutto Italia and Gusto Wine Cellar

It’s amazing to think it’s been that long — and yet, one step into the cozy spot, and you’d swear it’s been there forever. In short order, Tutto Gusto has become one of our favorite stops in Epcot.

Time to check in and see how it’s going in this rustic wine bar after a full year of serving guests!

Atmosphere

Stepping into the inviting Tutto Gusto is a welcome respite from the hustle and bustle of World Showcase.

Tutto Gusto Wine Cellar

While the space is intimate and cozy, it’s also wonderfully dim and cool. Whether you’re escaping cold temps on a (very rare) chilly day, or you’re taking a break from the heat, you’ll breathe a sigh of relief as soon as you settle into a chair.

Once your eyes adjust a bit, you’re greeted by a comfortable, rustic setting. The bricked, vaulted ceilings immediately convey a feeling of antiquity. Couches, dark woods, and low tables invite you to sit and linger over small plates and glasses of wine.

Gusto Fireplace Area

The fireplace itself is a gorgeous decorative element.

Fireplace Area Seating at Tutto Gusto

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Review: Backlot Express at Disney’s Hollywood Studios (Now with New Menu AND Buffalo Nuggets!)

Time to head to one of my favorite counter service spots in Disney’s Hollywood Studios – Backlot Express! And there’s a brand new menu in place! We’ve have more for you on that in just a few paragraphs. But first, let’s take a look around…

Atmosphere

From the name alone, you can quickly deduce that this counter service mainstay is, in fact, located in the Backlot area of the theme park. (I know. What would you do without me?)

To locate it, head straight back and to the left as you enter the park. You’ll know you’re getting close when you pass the Sounds Dangerous and Star Tours attractions.

The premise here is that you’ve wandered into a functioning part of the Disney’s Hollywood Studios backlot, where they store all of the props, paint all the sets, fashion all of the haywire stunt gear, and fix all of the machinery needed to put on the show. It’s a glorified warehouse…but that “glorified” part is where Disney’s imagineers shine.

Outside View

As you head in to order you’ll walk past the outdoor seating area, which is nicely shaded. You begin to feel the vibe of the place even here, with mismatched patio chairs and interesting outdoor props, like giant plaster statues, and classic automobiles.

Shaded Seating Area

It’s completely fascinating to wander around and through this huge spot. Imagineers have created the theme to feel as if you’re about to run into someone who’s working on a film while you’re there. There are all kinds of props everywhere, even hanging above you.

Dragon Prop - You Never Know What You Might Find Here!

You’ll also see lots of [Read more…]

Guest Review: Tutto Gusto in Epcot’s Italy Pavilion

Let’s raise a glass to Lisa Davis for this fabulous review of Tutto Gusto’s wines, cheeses, and more! Tutto Gusto is a new wine bar serving small plates and meals in Epcot’s Italy pavilion.

Tutto Gusto Wine Cellar in Epcot’s Italy Pavilion is the second venue of its kind in Epcot. Having experienced the joys of drinking and dining in Mexico’s La Cava del Tequila, my husband and I anxiously awaited the opening of Tutto Gusto.

We were finally able to visit in early June, one month after it officially opened.

Tutto Gusto Entrance

Tutto Gusto is much larger than La Cava del Tequila, but still retains a small/intimate atmosphere. The decor and lighting help to make you feel as if you just walked into the wine tasting room of a winery in Italy. (Editor’s Note: See a photo tour of Tutto Gusto here!)

You can sit at a table in the main area by the food case and wine display, or in a more intimate setting by the fireplace. There are several table sizes to accommodate different sized groups.

Fireplace Room at Gusto

Gusto Seating

On our visit, we were able to walk right in and be seated, which was a pleasant surprise considering the wait times we typically have at La Cava del Tequila. There were two greeters at the entry — whom we initially walked right by on our way in — to provide us seating options.

Since it was just the two of us, we chose a loveseat by the fireplace. On a side note, we believe we came at a great time, having arrived at 7 p.m. on a Friday, just after a severe late-afternoon thunderstorm that cleared the park.

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First Look! Epcot’s Tutto Gusto Wine Cellar to Open in Early May

Tutto Gusto, a new wine bar that will be adjacent to Tutto Italia Ristorante, is set to open in early May as part of the restaurant’s recent refurbishment.

We can’t wait to add this location to our Drinking Around the World itinerary!

Nestled next to Tutto Italia Ristorante in Epcot’s Italy pavilion, Tutto Gusto will feature a cozy 96-seat space located in the former lobby space and extending toward Via Napoli.

Atmosphere

The new wine bar will take over Tutto Italia’s former lobby space. Stone walls and floors, vaulted ceilings, and a fireplace will create the atmosphere of an Italian wine cellar.

The soon-to-be-hot-spot will be open to patrons from 11:30AM to 9PM to enjoy over 200 Italian wines and what sounds like an amazing selection of small plates and appetizers.

Gusto Wine Cellar

Eats

According to the DisneyParks Blog, this venue will be part of the Disney Dining Plan. We’re not sure yet if it will be considered a one-credit or two-credit location, but either way, this will make Italy the only pavilion with [Read more…]

News! Disneyland’s La Brea Bakery Renovations and New Menu

More fun expansion news out of Disneyland’s Downtown Disney District!!

La Brea Bakery Cafe, one of the original restaurants in Downtown Disney Anaheim, began an exciting refurbishment on January 3, 2012, with the temporary closure of the counter-service area.

The full-service section will remain open until mid-March, and the renovations will be officially unveiled in April. According to OC Register’s Around Disney, the renovation will include the addition of 900 sq. ft. and showcase a new exhibition bakery where guests can watch dough being rolled before heading to the new wood stove! Plus, an awning will be added to shade full-service, outdoor diners.

Early Concept Art

When La Brea re-opens, the counter-service side will have its own kitchen enabling guests to order their quick-service food at the counter and then take a seat where their order will be delivered.

Menu

According to Disney Parks Blog, freshly baked items will be prepared right at the restaurant!

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Review: Fresh at the Disney World Swan and Dolphin Resort

I recently had the best panini I’ve ever tasted. Seriously. And it was at Fresh — a casual dining restaurant in the Disney World Swan and Dolphin Resort (within walking distance of two WDW theme parks!).

Featuring Mediterranean recipes reminiscent of Spain, Italy, France, Greece, and Morocco, Fresh offers simple, flavorful menu options. We chatted in a previous post about the fun new drink offerings that Fresh has dreamed up, and the buffet breakfast has something for everyone.

The a la carte offerings at breakfast and lunch also offer some great choices. Another perk: an unlimited dessert buffet is available to all who order a salad or sandwich from the lunch menu!

On my recent visit, I started with [Read more…]