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?
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!
Stepping into the inviting Tutto Gusto is a welcome respite from the hustle and bustle of World Showcase.
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.
The fireplace itself is a gorgeous decorative element.
The lighting feature made from recycled wine bottles is awesome. It scores points for both beauty and creative recycling.
If you plan to enjoy a meal, you may prefer sitting at one of the simple tables. Several are plenty big for a gathering of friends.
Seating is a little tight. Tables are closely arranged; I would probably be uncomfortable if there were actually six people at this table. But even that mimics what you would find in Italy.
The main focal point of the space is the bar, which runs across the entire back wall of Tutto Gusto. Bottles of wine and glasses are displayed artfully, and there is also a full liquor bar for guests who prefer cocktails to vino.
Tutto Gusto and the neighboring restaurant, Via Napoli, are also introducing craft beers from Italy. These change very frequently because the batches are small, so if you’re interested in craft beer, be sure to check out the selections at both places.
The taps here represent the selections that are available on a regular basis.
And don’t forget — this really is a wine bar! Wine refrigerators line the walls and ensure the wine is maintained at the proper serving temperature.
Since Italian wine is the star of the show at Tutto Gusto, we thought it fitting to begin our meal by taking a look at the Best of Italy Wine Flight.
The flight includes two-ounce pours of three Italian wines. It begins with Prosecco, and continues with two other selections from Tutto’s collection, and can change daily.
While this sounds fabulous, the price is a little high, especially when compared with other wine flights throughout World Showcase, like the one in the Germany Pavilion.
Still, I know that Tutto Gusto has a commitment to quality, and our friends took the plunge. They greatly enjoyed the wines, and the presentation in stemless glasses was beautiful and befitting the rustic setting.
Next, we contemplated the menu. We asked our server for input and decided to try a couple of different options.
The menu here offers a good bit of variety. On the left, you have Gusto Plates, which are meant to be shared by two or more people. The first three options typify regions in Italy, while the final two are samplings of specific types of foods — one meat, and one vegetable.
I think this is a great approach, because it really does give you a fantastic variety of Italian specialties, and the combinations are thoughtfully arranged. While this pic was taken before the Tutto menu switched, it will give you an idea of what you’ll receive with these dishes.
Also remember that you can often order anything off of the Tutto Italia menu next door while you’re here at Tutto Gusto!
For our first dish, we chose the Cannelloni on the Tutto Gusto pasta plates menu. This one was ardently recommended by our server. Like, seriously. He couldn’t stop talking about it.
And he was so right! This was one of the best things I ate all week.
Creamy ricotta filling with just the right amount of spinach mixed in, bechamel, and a rich, savory sausage ragu. I know the pictures don’t do it justice, but I’m telling you — this was the best cannelloni I have ever tasted.
On a previous visit, I’d also sampled two of the Cavatappi dishes on the menu. Haven’t written about the shrimp one yet, so this is as good a time as any to tell you about it!
The Gamberetti pasta dish comes with shrimp, calabrian chili, garlic, and pomodorini, and delivers what I’ve come to associate with Tutto Gusto — TONS of flavor.
The shrimp and pasta were the perfect texture, and I was shocked how much oomph the chili gave to the dish. The sprinkling of parmesan was an idea accompaniment. Loved this!
OK, back to our current visit! We also chose a Panini. You can choose a plate with one or two selections, and your “small bread” sandwiches arrive accompanied by a Caesar salad wedge. We went with the Fontina and Salametto Panini.
It’s important to note: if you are expecting an American-style sandwich, this isn’t that. Rather, it’s a small roll, split and grilled, with the ingredients layered. There’s really no cohesive sauce or veggies tying everything together.
Still, this is a terrific accompaniment to the wine, because you don’t have a lot of competing components or flavors. It’s almost like getting a plate of antipasti, except that everything is stacked and munchable!
The Fontina was a soft version, strong and creamy. The Salametto, a coarse-ground salami with a pronounced flavor of garlic, stood up nicely to the richness of the cheese. We also enjoyed the salad — a wedge of baby romaine dressed with a creamy Caesar dressing and shavings of Parmigiano-Reggiano.
We enjoyed all of our dishes in this relaxed setting. Everything was delicious and beautifully presented.
Tutto Gusto remains a favorite stop for me. And I love that you can stop by this spot for a full meal — without a reservation — as well as a drink. If I had anything negative to say, it would be that it does tend to run a little on the expensive side. However, prices are in line with the other Italy offerings.
But this is vacation, right? And a little indulgence is practically required. So if you love Italian food and wine, or would like to know more about either or both, I strongly recommend that you give Tutto Gusto a try. It’s a beautiful stop on the World Showcase tour, and an excellent place to savor the charms of Epcot’s diverse offerings.
Is Tutto Gusto a favorite spot for you? Leave a comment and tell us why!