Via Napoli - Epcot
On Pi day this year, we felt it was fitting to check out a little slice of Italy in Epcot, Via Napoli, as a part of the eatDisney Challenge. In our many trips around the World Showcase, we had never made a stop at this location tucked away in the back of the Italy Pavilion. What better day to try out this Pizzeria than the day devoted to all things round?
Wood-fired pizza is the name of the game for this restaurant, and they range from personal sized to truly impressive. There are options besides pizza, but for this trip we stuck with the main dish, focaccia bread, and a classic dessert. Word of caution - if you are using the dining plan, each person sharing the pizza will be charged a dining credit, so to get more bang for you dining bucks sharing may not be the best choice. As we weren't on the dining plan, we went for a half Quattro Formaggi and half Piccante Mezzo Metro (half meter) Pizza. The Quattro Formaggi is a white pizza with mozzarella, parmesan, fontina, and provolone and is truly cheesy and amazing. The Piccante is a traditional red sauce pizza with spicy sausage and mozzarella. For a simple sausage pizza, the dimensions were surprising. The sausage became spicier as it cooled and the red sauce was mild and paired well with the not too hot sausage. The crust on both sides had a nice bake with just the right amount of char from the wood-fired ovens.
Speaking of the ovens, there are three fun fellows named after Italy's three active volcanoes, Stromboli, Vesuvio (Vesuvius), and Etna. These bearded men sure know how to cook a nice pizza pie, and look good doing it. I guess if I had cooks shoving pizzas in my mouth night after night I would stick around too! If you are seated on the opposite side of the restaurant from these guys, they are worth a stroll to check out. The restaurant is mostly open in a U shape with high ceilings that give it a market feel. A few servers' stations are scattered through out the dining area helping to break up the seating into sections. There are two sections that seem a bit more cozy. Near where we were sitting there was an additional room that could be closed off with lower ceilings or made into an outdoor patio when weather is nice. While the area we were in wasn't overly loud, the one next door to us seemed a bit more intimate. On the opposite side of the venue near the pizza ovens was another area with less seating, that seemed like it may be nice for a date night for foodies. As the ovens and a server station create a nice barrier, we imagine it may feel a bit like finding a local Neapolitan pizza shop on the streets of Italy. One can dream.
We also enjoyed a couple sweet treats at this stop. The Strawberry Limoncello was frozen and sweet with a refreshing tartness. Little was given a few strawberries by our awesome waitress to help curb his appetite before the food arrived. The treat that we were most excited about was the Tiramisu. Coffee and chocolate, oh my. We have tried many a tiramisu (have I mentioned we have a sweet tooth) and this was up there with the best. The ladyfingers were saturated in espresso but not overly soaked, which allowed for good creamy layers of mascarpone. It was almost too good to share, but after eating a Mezzo Metro between the 3 of us... better to walk than to roll when you have to make your way back to the car.
This location was very reasonably priced, especially for Epcot, and with the option to customize pizza as well as several elevated pasta dishes on the menu, this location is great for friends and families as well as date nights. We are excited to expand our taste buds at this stop in the future.
Date Visited: 3/14/17
On our Plate...
- Half Quattro Formaggi- Half Piccante Mezzo Metro Pizza
- Focaccia Bread
- Strawberry Limoncello
Location Price Range: $3-48
Tips and Overall Review
- If you are on the dining plan, we would suggest ordering individual pizzas or paying for this one out of pocket.
- While reservations are not always necessary, we would still recommend getting one if you have your heart set on eating here. The night we went had over an hour wait standby.
- Don't forget to save room for dessert; the tiramisu was wonderful!