Welcome back Werner Weiss from Yesterland with a review of the Food and Wine Pairing at Tutto Italia that he attended on October 19th! This is one of the Epcot Food & Wine Festival’s popular returning events.
One of the returning premium events for the 2011 Epcot Food & Wine Festival is the Italy Food & Wine Pairing at Tutto Italia. This event is held each Wednesday and Saturday for the six weeks of the Festival from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. The cost is $65 per person, which includes the gratuity, plus sales tax. Theme park admission is required.
Here’s how Disney’s official Food & Wine Festival website describes the event: “A wine expert joins a manager from Tutto Italia Ristorante to discuss 4 Italian food courses, each paired with a different wine.”
Over the years, the Italy Food & Wine Pairings have developed a reputation as worthwhile premium events and decent values — especially after the Patina Group’s Tutto Italia replaced the previous restaurant at the Italy pavilion, L’ Originale Alfredo di Roma Ristorante.
The event on October 19, 2011, showed that this reputation is well-earned. A real food and wine writer could do a better job discussing the nuances of the food and wine than I can. I’ll simply say that every course was delicious and the wines from Paladin were a pleasure.
More modest in scale (and price) than the French Regional Lunches, the Italy Food & Wine Pairings nevertheless provide a full four-course lunch with well-paired wines. The wine pours at the Italy Food & Wine Pairings were smaller than at the French Regional Lunches I’ve attended, and re-pours tended to be very small (an extra ounce of wine) when they are offered at all.
Unlike some of the other afternoon food and wine pairings at Epcot, which offer the same foods and beverages week after week, Tutto Italia brings in different wineries; the chefs then come up with courses that pair with those wines.
One of the reasons that the Italy Food & Wine Pairings sold out for the whole Festival is that some people booked multiple Pairings, knowing that each one would be a new experience.
Thanks to Werner for these fantastic photos. It seems like this pairing is a great value for the money, with large portion sizes and wine to boot. To compare, French Regional Lunches cost $99 per person; the Tutto Italia Pairings cost $65 per person.
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