First Picture of Epcot’s Via Napoli Ovens

Disney social media director, Thomas Smith, treated twitter followers to a special treat when he twitpic’d a photo of the Via Napoli ovens during a test meal last night!

As you know, Via Napoli’s wood-burning ovens in the photo are named after the three active volcanoes in Italy –- Mount Etna, Mount Vesuvius and Stromboli!

The restaurant will open to walk-in customers on Monday, and a media opening will be held on August 5th. The restaurant will continue to take walk-in customers only through September 10th. Grand opening festivities will be held on September 10th. Guests can make Via Napoli reservations for September 10th and later starting on August 6th. Call 407-WDW-DINE or check out

To see all of the Disney Food Blog coverage of Via Napoli, click here!

Epcot Via Napoli Menu Items and Storyline

Disneyland's Naples Pepperoni Pizza -- Sister Restaurant to Via Napoli

Update: Via Napoli reservations available August 6th. The restaurant will soft open on August 5th and grand open on September 10th.

According to a press release from the Patina Group, here’s a bit more information trickling out about Epcot’s new Italian Pizzeria, Via Napoli, set to open in September 2010:

Menu Items

Featured on the Via Napoli Menu will be several authentic Neapolitan pizzas. Here are just a few that were mentioned in the press release:

  • pizza bianca (the restaurant will likely offer several different types of white pizza)
  • quattro stagioni (featuring artichokes, ham, eggplant, mushrooms, tomatoes)
  • piccante (with chicken sausage, tomatoes, hot pepper, provolone, mozzarella)
  • traditional margherita pizza

Famed Pizzaiolo Charlie Restivo will serve as executive chef, and ingredients will include Marzano tomatoes, Caputo flour, handmade fresh mozzarella, Parma Cotto, crumbled sausage, and water calibrated specifically to the pH found in Naples.

Storyline and Restaurant Features

The three wood-burning ovens of Via Napoli will be named after the three active volcanoes in Italy –- Mount Etna, Mount Vesuvius and Stromboli (ah ha — a Pinocchio reference! Or is that the other way around…).

Each oven will be sculpted with the “face of the volcano” — reflecting the gods whose mythology surrounds each volcano’s history.

That’s what we know so far! Check out our other coverage of Epcot’s Via Napoli here.

Disney Food Post Round-Up: April 18, 2010

Lots of Disney food news this week, including:

And don’t forget to check out the awesome posts over on the Disney Blog Carnival! There’s a new one up this week!! Now, on to the round-up!

DisneyGeek, our favorite Disneyland photographer, has some fun photos of the opening days of Disney’s California Food & Wine Festival! (Start at the linked page and click through the next few pages for more pics.)

The Unofficial Guide to Disney’s Contemporary Resort takes a look at breakfast options at the Contemporary Resort.

The OC Register is reporting from Disney’s California Food and Wine Festival! Check out the latest from Guy Fieri’s appearances!

Theme Park Insider has a “What’s On Your Funnel Cake?” poll with some great opinions in the comments section!

The Disney Chick walks us through the recipe for Jarlsberg and Leek Soup from Akershus.

Disney Parks Blog shares some photos of great Disneyland Food and Wine Festival merchandise!

Main Street Gazette has a photo blog of the decor over at the Adventureland Veranda in Disney World.

The Daily Disney posts the recipe for one of the most popular items at the 2009 Epcot Food & Wine Festival — seared beef tenderloin with sweet potato puree!

@Marcomboy sent the best twitpic ever. Seriously. I love this. Where can I get one?

Touring Plans takes a look at Trail’s End in Disney’s Fort Wilderness.

Epcot’s Via Napoli

To see our other coverage of the new restaurant:
Via Napoli First Look! Pictures from the Restaurant
Via Napoli Full Menu
Via Napoli Reservations
Via Napoli menu
Via Napoli Tasting and New Info Revealed at D23 Flowers and Fireworks Event!
Naples Review: Is this What We Can Expect From Via Napoli?
Our Guess on the Italy Pizzeria Menu
Italy Pizzeria Construction Pics
Disney Parks Blog Confirms Pizzeria

According to

Via Napoli, operated by the Patina Restaurant Group, is coming to Italy in Epcot World Showcase in time for fall 2010. Shown here in a concept rendering, the 300-seat restaurant will feature a menu inspired by the famous pizzerias of southern Italy.

Epcot Italy Pizzeria Concept Art Released

The newest piece of information in the Epcot Pizzeria puzzle has been released: concept art!

Image copyright Disney

Image copyright Disney

Based on this image, we now have a better idea of what to expect from the newest restaurant in Walt Disney World, scheduled to open this Fall just in time for the 2010 Epcot International Food and Wine Festival!

It looks like Italy will have a whole new “neighborhood” back behind the current Tutto Italia, and that the pizzeria building will sit perpendicular to its outdoor dining area. The restaurant will seat 300.

More Info
Click here for Italy Pizzeria construction pics

Click here for the Naples Menu, which represents a sister restaurant to the Epcot Italy Pizzeria. We think the menus will be somewhat similar.

Read more at Disney Parks Blog!

Thanks to GDPinvestigator for the heads up.