Via Napoli is a pizza-forward restaurant located in the back of Epcot's Italy Pavilion. This spot is often on my must-do list and has been a hit with everyone I've visited Walt Disney World with since the menu has something for everyone to enjoy from adults to kids alike! This is also a wonderful restaurant to dine with larger parties as they have a lively atmosphere and several large tables.
Naples, Italy is regarded as the birthplace of pizza, and this restaurant tries to live up to the classic Neapolitan style in their kitchens with specialty ingredients to match what you'd get in Italy. For this family dinner we decided to order a few thing and share among the table. We started the meal with a salad before indulging in lots of carbs and cheese.
|House Salad: mixed greens, cucumber, pepperoncini peppers, peppadew peppers, diced tomatoes, olives, red wine vinaigrette|
Everything was delicious but on this trip the pasta dishes were the stand out favorites. We didn't realize the cheese pizza would not have a red sauce base, which I think my family just prefers red. It wasn't bad by any means, we are just red sauce type people and it wasn't what we expected.
|Fettucine via Napoli: fettucine pasta tossed in a parmesan cream sauces|
|Quattro Formaggi Pizza: white pizza - mozzarella, parmesan, fontina, provolone|
|Tortellini: Cheese stuffed pasta, with sautéed pancetta, sweet peas, tossed in a Parmesan cream sauce|
|Manicotti: tubed pasta filled with ricotta cheese, pomodoro tomato sauce, béchamel cream sauce, toasted breadcrumbs, thyme, and parmesan cheese, fresh basil|
We couldn't let our meal wrap up without at least a few bites of dessert, so we went with a cannoli and a cheesecake. This cheesecake was so delicious! I just loved it.
|Cannolo Siciliano: crisp pastry filled with sweet ricotta, chocolate, and candied orange|
|Berry Cheese Cake: cream cheese and ricotta cheese cake with a black berry compote|
Overall this is a restaurant I just keep coming back to. It is casual enough for a large family with kids or nice enough for a romantic meal for two. The food is comforting and tasty, and Italian is just something I'm always in the mood for.