Welcome back Guest Author Katie Roth with a review from Tutto Italia Ristorante in Epcot!
My husband absolutely loves lasagna, so I knew we had to try Tutto Italia. I wasn’t convinced that it would be better than Mama Melrose’s or Via Napoli, but I was willing to give it a shot. On this particular day, we were dining at lunchtime.
The décor was very fancy; dark woods everywhere, crystal chandeliers, ornate carpets, and colorful murals lining the walls. This atmosphere seemed too fancy for tank tops, shorts, and sweats.
Our seating area wasn’t in the main dining room, but a smaller room that connected to the outdoor dining area.
Once we were seated, a waiter came to take our drink orders. What was very offsetting about this was the fact that he would not acknowledge my presence no matter what I did. I had to practically yell as he walking away that I wanted a Coke. Working in a male-dominated industry and going through this every day while getting my undergrad degree, I was used to it; however, I do not think behavior such as this is appropriate AT ALL in a public service driven industry. I think steam was coming out of my ears. (I’m off of my soapbox now.)
Finally, our primary waitress came to our table and took our order. She was very helpful and guided us through the menu while making suggestions to me, the non-lasagna-enthusiast. She was very nice.
Before our entrees arrived, we were treated to a complimentary bread service comprised of fresh focaccia, crunchy breadsticks, olive oil, and green olives. The breadsticks, in my opinion, weren’t necessary as they seemed processed, too crunchy, and slightly cheap. The olive oil and bread were extremely fresh and flavorful. The stars of this service for us were the green olives. They were ripe, plump, and the most flavorful olives I have ever had! (Watch out for the pits, though!)
No more than five minutes after the bread service came out did our entrees arrive!
My husband absolutely loved this lasagna! I tasted a smidgen of it too and agreed that it was quite good (and I don’t even like lasagna)! He described it as creamy and of great quality; you can really savor the flavor without it being over-spiced.
I decided to go with the (second) recommendation from our waitress and ordered the Tonnarelli. I had no idea that it was going to be green when it came out! It was so pretty to look at.
The sauce was very light and had a great mint pesto flavor with hints of butter/olive oil. The pieces of zucchini were crisp and extremely flavorful with hints of garlic in every bite. The cheese that was sprinkled on top was very mild and added a nice texture to the pasta, even if the flavor addition wasn’t as noticeable.
What I loved about this pasta was that it was extremely light and didn’t sit heavy in my stomach for the rest of the day in the parks. I would definitely order this again!
I had read that desserts are never spectacular in the Italy pavilion, and I was hoping to be proven wrong on this trip…
My husband ordered the tiramisu and thought it was “just right.” I felt like I was listening to Mary Poppins when he was describing it: “Not too much coffee, not too chocolatey, not too heavy” ….I was waiting for him to say “practically perfect in every way.” 😉 To be honest, I thought it was “eh,” but I’m also not a tiramisu person, so don’t take my word for it. It looked pretty, I will give it that.
I, again, went with the recommendation from our waitress and ordered (in layman’s terms) the lemon ricotta cheesecake. I did not really care for it. I like my cheesecake to be dreamy, silky smooth, …and this cheesecake was very lumpy from the cheese curds. The lemon flavor was extremely light, almost unnoticeable. I just felt like I was eating dairy lumps.
Overall, we thought our food was good and were glad we tried it; however, we are not sure we will be returning in the near future. The food was very good, but nothing so good as to draw us away from the likes of Boma, Le Cellier, or Mama Melrose’s. The pasta offerings at Tutto were better than your standard Italian chain food, but we think that Mama Melrose’s in Hollywood Studios surpasses Tutto Italia in taste.
Other than the eats, we thought that the waitstaff was slightly awkward (not something you typically see in Disney) and the restaurant atmosphere seemed too fancy for patrons that are coming in sweaty, smelly, and cranky from the parks.
Katie works full-time as an engineer in Ohio and is currently pursuing her Master’s degree in mechanical engineering through Purdue University. Katie and her husband absolutely love everything Disney and try to work that special brand of magic into every aspect of their life including visiting Walt Disney World multiple times per year.
What’s your favorite Italian restaurant and dish at Walt Disney World? Let us know in the comments below!