Disney Food Post Round-Up: May 15, 2011

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Hope everyone’s had a great week, and all of you D23ers are having a blast in WDW!

Disney Food News

In Disney Food News his week, we heard the latest on Disney California Adventure’s two new restaurants set to open on July 1st!

AND we got the chance to put on our guest passes and (virtually) walk the black carpet at Disneyland’s Disneyland Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides Premiere with our fearless Disneyland columnist — Heather Sievers!

DFB Guide to Walt Disney World Dining e-Book Recommendation

On MiceChat, Sam Gennaway recommends Disney World essentials, including The DFB Guide to Walt Disney World Dining!

A quick quote from the review: “[AJ’s] goal was to write a book that is unlike any other Disney guidebook. In that respect, she has succeeded. This could only come from somebody who realizes that dining is more than just eating at Disney, it is an important part of the whole experience. Plus, the book tries really hard to find the proper balance between planning and spontaneity, which is not easy anymore.”

Thanks to Sam, again, for this review, and thanks to MiceChat for sharing it! If you’d like to check out the e-Book, pick up your copy here!

And now, on to the round up…

A World View reviews our own Disney Food Blog Restaurant Search Tool! Thanks, Bruce!

Main Street Gazette reviews the sweet Sacristain pastry treat at France’s Boulangerie Patisserie.

Eating (and Drinking) Around the World shows us where to find freshly made potato chips and sweet potato fries.

Progress City, U.S.A. examines the Germany pavilion in Epcot’s World Showcase including the Biergarten! Grab a snack from Sommerfest and check out these details.

Pitch interviews a former WDW chef. Find out how Celina Tio began cooking at Disney!

Thanks to Stitch Kingdom for giving us a heads up on a new cookbook to be published this fall.

Portobello, the Italian restaurant in Downtown Disney — not the mushroom — showcases pictures from their Cooking Class on May 13th!

MousePlanning reviews the brick oven made pizza at Via Napoli.

Disney Food Pics of the Week: Birthday Treats

Thanks to all who have contributed their photos to the Disney Food Blog Photo Extravaganza! We love to see your photos and can’t wait to see more! The Disney Food Pics of the Week feature celebratory birthday cake! Happy Birthday wishes to our readers!

This birthday surprise was served at Via Napoli in Epcot’s World Showcase. Make a wish!
Photographer: Erin O’Brien

Via Napoli Birthday Dessert

The Chocolate Moose at Le Cellier turns a birthday into [Read more…]

News: Refillable Mugs, Extended Dining, and Via Napoli Pizza-by-the-Slice

Hey Disney die-hards and foodie fans! Here is some news for your nourishment.

New Refillable Mugs
New refillable mugs for the 2011 “Let the Memories Begin” promotion are on sale now for $13.99 at your WDW resort.

2011 Refillable Mug

Lids (and handles) are now in blue, black, yellow and pink. Yes, pink! I know a few moms that will be grabbing up the “princessy” mugs! ;-)

Make sure each member of the family gets a different lid color. That way Mom doesn’t have to sip Dad’s coffee and Dad won’t be taking unintentional gulps of Mom’s diet soda. Note that not all the resorts appear to have the black lids. Let me know which mug types you spot during your WDW resort stay!

Extended Dining Options
It’s almost Spring Break time! WDW is extending dining times at Boma, Cape May Cafe, Chef Mickey’s, Garden Grill, Le Cellier Steakhouse, ‘Ohana and [Read more…]

Disney Food Post Round-Up: February 27, 2011

Pollo Campero and Fresh APeel

It’s been a great week for foodies!  The addition of new counter-service restaurants to the Disney Dining Plan was welcome news. And we’re already green with envy about the culinary events at Raglan Road for St. Paddy’s Day Week!

Also looking forward to the opening of Tangaroa Terrace and Trader Sam’s at the Disneyland Hotel!

But for now… on to the round-up!

RedWhiteBoston’s offers a mom’s personal insight to WDW survival tips.

AllEars blogger Laura Gilbreath reviews the food on the Disney Dream Christening cruise.

Main Street Gazette samples the White Chocolate Elephant Cupcake at Kusafiri Bakery in Animal Kingdom. (Though it’s painful for me to read that he wishes there were less frosting…)

Danielle’s Brain Bits is disappointed by the [Read more…]

Orlando Sentinel Foodie Awards Include Several WDW Area Restaurants

For those of you who plan your Walt Disney World vacation around your gastronomical dreams, you may want to take note of the restaurants listed in this year’s 13th Annual Foodie Awards by the Orlando Sentinel.

Readers and critics chose these restaurants for their outstanding cuisine, and with five of the restaurants located within the WDW theme parks, you’ll need park admission and an Advance Dining Reservation to cast your vote for best meal. Check them out here! [Read more…]

Build Your Own Pizza Added to Disney World’s Via Napoli Menu

Well, it’s finally happened. After all of our complaining, we at-long-last have the option to add/subtract toppings from our pizzas at Via Napoli in Walt Disney World’s Epcot! (Can you believe you couldn’t add toppings of your choosing before?!)

Via Napoli New Menu Close-Up -- click for larger image

You can see the change in the menu above. The Margherita pizza has been moved off of the list of standard pizzas and given its own standing on the left side of the menu. It retains the 16/28/39 cost structure, but extra toppings are $2 each.

The other pizzas have been moved to the right hand side of the menu with [Read more…]

Disney Food Post Round-Up: January 2, 2010

Via Napoli Pizza Window

Happy New Year! The first Disney Food Post Round-Up of 2011 is here! But first — two important bits of news:

And now, on to the round-up!

WDW for Grownups has a piece about late night eating in Disney World.

Laughing Place reviews Tokyo Disneyland’s Club 33.

Main Street Gazette, in one of my favorite posts ever, reminds us of Disney’s former partnership with McDonald’s with a series of photos of old Happy Meal Epcot World Showcase toys!

Yesterland looks at Chicken of the Sea Pirate Ship and Restaurant in Disneyland.

Everything WDW has updated info on using adult and child counter service credits from the Disney Dining Plan.

Cooking With Mickey shows us how to make Chef Mickey’s Breakfast Pizza!

NEWS! Via Napoli Pizza By The Slice and Turkey Leg T-Shirts

Via Napoli Pizza Margherita

A couple of fun pieces of food news have come out of the Disney World grapevine this weekend!

For the Pizza Lover…
Interesting news from the Disney Parks facebook page:

Now through January 7, you can enjoy Sicilian-style Margherita pizza by the slice at a pick-up podium at Via Napoli. An a la carte single-serving dessert and fountain beverage will also be available.

So, for all of us who’ve been hoping for a counter-service pizza window at Via Napoli, maybe this is a promising start! Sounds like this is another antidote to the “heavy crowds” of the holidays like we saw over [Read more…]

Disney Food Post Round-Up: November 14, 2010

Holiday and Winter Cookies

In Disney Food news this week:

Plus, sadly, today is the final day to enjoy the Epcot Food & Wine Festival of 2010. It’s been a great ride; be sure to check out all of our coverage here and let us know how we can do better next year! Have a drink for me! I’ll see you September 30, 2011!!

And now, on to the Round-Up!

Outside the Berm has a blast from the past: a 1942 menu from Walt Disney’s Studio Restaurant. One Monte Cristo sandwich fried in butter, please! (Thanks to George Taylor for the heads up!)

DF ’82 shows us around some of the dining establishments in Disneyland Resort Paris’ Hotel Cheyenne!

Pasture Prime Family Farm shows what the Epcot Food and Wine Festival looks like from the perspective of the food — their Mangalitsa Pork was the star of a demo done by bluezoo Chef Chris Windus!

Samland’s Disney Adventures has pics of some of my favorite Disneyland treats, along with the Halloween “Oogie Boogie” Roastie-Toastie at the Haunted Mansion popcorn cart!

etckt showcases a few more incredible photographs from his lunch around the World at the Epcot Food and Wine Festival.

Main Street Gazette has an incredible (and thorough) collection of photographs of the Italy travel posters that hang in the back of the new Via Napoli. Definitely worth a look!

Disney Everyday has the details on the Wine & Dine Walk at the Children’s Miracle Network Classic this weekend.

Everything Walt Disney World looks at Annual Passholder dining discounts vs. Tables in Wonderland discounts.

Review: Epcot’s Via Napoli

Alrighty, folks, settle in — this is gonna be a long one! I very happily stuffed my face at Via Napoli twice on my last Orlando trip, and I’m pleased to share all the news on what has become one of my favorite restaurants in Walt Disney World!


Located in Epcot’s Italy pavilion (walk straight to the back; you can’t miss it), this massive, airplane-hanger-of-a-room is cavernous, but beautiful and filled with light, hustle, bustle, and the most amazing smells.

Via Napoli Dining Room

Artisan tiles dot the floor; whimsical chandeliers hang like ornaments throughout the restaurant; chipping frescoes give depth to the walls; and old-fashioned travel-themed artwork reminds you of all the places in Italy you haven’t been. The warm, neutral colors with pops of [Read more…]