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Dining at EPCOT’s Via Napoli Authentic or a Big Pass?

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Dining at EPCOT's Via Napoli Authentic or a Big Pass?
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EPCOT offers many great food offerings. Is Via Napoli worth the dining reservation or should you skip? Pull up a chair as we review our recent meal at this dining location.

Visiting Italy

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Recently, my (Donna) husband and I took a vacation of a lifetime to visit Italy in both Venice and Florence and then travel to Paris, France. We had our travel agenda planned before our trip. You know you are a “Disney Geek” when you arrive in Venice and you are blown away that it looks just like the Italy Pavilion in the World Showcase.

Italy is gorgeous. There is much more to enjoy in this beautiful country. It is amazing how Imagineers have recreated many of the beautiful scenes from Italy inside the Pavilion

I (Donna) took the above photo of the bell tower at St. Mark’s Square. On a recent trip to EPCOT, my husband and I were gazing at the Italy Pavilion and remarked at how much it reminded us of sitting in Venice.

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When we snapped this photo, we both agreed that the Disney Imagineers truly captured the beauty of Italy. Be sure to check out Susan’s guide to the Italy Pavilion HERE.

Of course, you can’t visit Italy without enjoying the food. When we first arrived in Venice, our first meal was at a local cafe where we tried our first authentic pizza. We were a bit confused when ordering as the “individual” pizza is the size of a medium pizza. It was HUGE.

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My husband and I (Donna) ordered one pizza to share, and the server was quite confused. He continued to check on us throughout our meal to order another pizza for us. The pizza was delicious with a thin crust and bold and hearty sauce.

When we returned home, I was delighted to read Marisol’s review of Via Napoli at EPCOT. I couldn’t wait to dine here and see if it could truly compare to the authentic cuisine we enjoyed during our Italian vacation.

Dining at Via Napoli

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Reservations are recommended to dine at Via Napoli, but these are typically easily available. Guests are invited to tour the entire restaurant including a unique view of the kitchen. This was my daughter’s favorite part. She loved looking at the large pizza ovens.

The kitchen is quite open and surrounded by glass. We could easily enjoy watching as they prepared our dishes. My daughter was absolutely mesmerized by all of it and commented that it was better than watching a cooking show. If you have any budding chefs, this is a fun dining location for them to experience.

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The dining room is quite large and a bit noisy, but in a funny way, the loudness reminded me of Italy. Where many table service options offer a higher price tag throughout EPCOT, Via Napoli offered an authentic dining atmosphere while menu prices are fairly modest.

If you have any budding chefs, this is a fun dining location for them to experience.

Appetizer

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We made our reservation at Via Napoli to try their pizza, but we also wanted to try an appetizer as well. Our first choice is the Mozzarella Caprese Salad. This salad was made with large slices of mozzarella cheese and large slices of ripened tomatoes. A delicious balsamic vinegar drizzle made this appetizer simply delectable.

This was $12.00 which was a bit steep for a salad, but this was perfect to share especially with pizza coming as well.

Mozzarella Caprese Salad is made with large slices of mozzarella cheese and large slices of ripened tomatoes drizzled with balsamic vinegar.

Pizza Review

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So what size pizza should you order at Via Napoli? This sounds like a silly question unless you have never eaten here before. I was dining with a friend and tried to explain the large size of an “individual” pizza. It wasn’t until the table next to us ordered the 20″ Large pizza that she was convinced that pizza comes a bit larger at Via Napoli.

The suggested serving size is that an individual pizza serves one, the large serves 2-3 people, while the Mezzo Metro Pizza serves 3-4 people. The table that ordered the large pizza next to us consisted of four adults, and even they could not finish their large pizza.

They did share that this pizza is great warmed up at your resort. That being said, we did not really want to carry around to-go containers of Ziploc bags of pizza with us as we continued our evening at EPCOT.

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We ordered the Piccante Pizza that came topped with mozzarella cheese, Italian sausage, and tomato sauce. What truly makes a pizza special at Via Napoli is the dough.

The thin pizza crust is created using authentic Caputo flour, that is imported from Southern Italy. While using water sourced from a spring similar to Italy’s Campania region.

Our pizza was delicious although the crust was a little burnt on the edges. The tomato sauce was delicious, and the Italian sausage was not overly spicy. This “individual” was the perfect size for sharing and well worth the dining reservation.

Children’s Meal

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My youngest daughter loves spaghetti and has become quite the food critic when it comes to sampling Italian cuisine. She ordered the spaghetti that came with tomato sauce and meatballs. The children’s menu is for guests nine years old and younger and the serving size is quite small.

The spaghetti sauce had a rich flavor, and the meatball was quite delicious. It just seemed that there should have been more spaghetti to accompany the gigantic meatball. Overall, this dish received a big thumbs up from my daughter. This was moderately priced at $10.00.

The children’s menu is for guests nine years old and younger and the serving size is quite small.

Overall Review

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The main question is, “Would we dine here again?” Absolutely! I (Donna) felt that the pizza was very authentic to what I had previously enjoyed in Venice, Italy. Although the price of an “individual” pizza is a bit high, this is the perfect location to share appetizers and entrees.

This is a great dining location conveniently located around the World Showcase, to rest and relax while enjoying authentic food without a huge price tag. We will add Via Napoli to our future dining reservations.

Have you dined at Via Napoli before? What was your experience? Will you plan to dine here during your next trip to EPCOT? Share your thoughts with us on our Facebook Page.

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11 COMMENTS

  1. Via Napoli is our family favorite at Epcot! My son and his friend feasted on pizza, while my daughter and I enjoyed the lasagne. Via Napoli is a given for our WDW vacations!

  2. My wife just about cried while eating the gluten free pasta there it was so good. A lot of places offer gf pasta, but not many places can make it taste as good as normal pasta.

  3. I’ll add my two cents since I’ve eaten here several times and I’ve eaten in a world famous pizzaria in Naples, Italy. Overall I would say it’s pretty close or as close as you’re going to get in central Florida. Keep in mind Naples the pizzas are 13″ and they don’t have bigger than that. Also, only two kinds: sauce and sauce with cheese. All the extras are what Italian Americans created to make pizza popular here. No different than the Americanization of Chinese dishes.

  4. After several visits to WDW over the past 9 years I finally made it to Via Napoli last year for the first time. I convinced that WDW had the worst pizza due to past experiences. The pizza window on the boardwalk was “Terrible” & Pizzafari was also “Terrible” Until I’m proven wrong Via Napoli has the “Best” pizza in WDW! The caution that I have is to make sure that you order the correct size pie for your appetite. I ordered the large when I should’ve ordered the personal size.

  5. We ate there last fall and also, having been to Italy, I found the pizza quite authentic. I also had some of the best tiramisu that I have ever had. It was expensive, but not any moreso than other places at Epcot. Would definitely go back.

  6. Went there in July, we ordered a large pie that was the worst I ever had. The dough was soft and thin that turned into a big mess when we picked up a slice. Sent it back and got another pie that was burnt on the bottom and still fell apart. 80.00 on a pizza and salads was a waste of money. Will never go back.

  7. We were just there a few weeks ago! We ordered two extra larges there were 7 in our party all 12 and up. I was so worried that two larges wouldn’t be enough because of the suggested serving size. When they brought the first one out I knew we had gone a little overboard. We managed to eat all but a few pieces, though some of us are way too much as to not waste it. We all thought it was delicious and would definitely eat there again.

  8. The last time we dined at Via Napoli, the food was horrible, so we have been reluctant to go back. We may have to try this place again in the future. Since there are so many great places to get good Italian food and pizza, however, this will not be a restaurant that we will go out of our way to book.

  9. I have found that reservations are very hard to come by here we have dined here many times living so close by though. The pizza is the best at wdw I MJO.

  10. I love pizza. It is my fave. But we also have amazing pizza (brick oven coal fired) at home-
    And there are so many places (especially in Epcot) to eat! What would your advice be to a total pizza lover, but who has tons of great authentic options near home? Should I jump in to Via Napoli, or should I try one of the many other restaurants I’m dying to go to? Hard decisions/first world problems! Thanks!

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