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EPCOT is one of the most popular destinations for those visiting the Walt Disney World Resort. EPCOT's World Showcase features different attractions and authentic cuisine from different regions all over the world, including Italy. So, what is the best EPCOT Italian restaurant?
Does EPCOT have an Italian Restaurant?
Yes, EPCOT has an Italian restaurant. In fact, you have several options if you're looking to find authentic Italian dishes while you're in the park. The Italy Pavilion is home to some of the best Italian food you'll find anywhere in Disney Parks.
You can have Italian food at one of their table service restaurants, or grab a quick (but generously sized) slice of pizza from the quick service stand.
Tutto Italia Ristorante
Tutto Italia Ristorante is a table service restaurant located within the Italy Pavilion at EPCOT. Here you can enjoy authentic Italian cuisine in the cozy dining room atmosphere, surrounded by beautiful murals of ancient Rome. This location is among the most popular dining options in the Italy Pavilion.
You can pick from a menu of delicious options put together by award-winning chef Joachim Splichal. Guests can choose from different dishes with handmade pasta or one of their meals featuring salmon, steak, or chicken.
One of the most popular options is the Tagliere, a charcuterie board consisting of various types of meat, different types of cheese, and a few other things to enhance the meal. Even better, it's a meal for two.
Tutto Italia also offers a kids' menu with mozzarella sticks, chicken tenders, spaghetti, or other options suitable for any picky eaters in your dining party.
Wine flights are also a favorite among guests. They have three different wine flight options, each with three different types of wine to try.
But, if you want to make this a part of your Disney World plans, it's a good idea to make a reservation ahead of time. Luckily, if you forget to make a reservation, Tutto Gusto Wine Cellar is right next to Tutu Italia in the Italy Pavilion and doesn't require a reservation, and features many favorites from the Tutu Italia menu.
Tutto Gusto Wine Cellar
Tutto Gusto Wine Cellar is a wine bar that mimics an authentic wine cellar. They have over 200 bottles of wine to choose from, along with a menu of delicious Italian cuisine, including some of the popular Tutu Italia menu options like the Tagliere and kids' menu items.
You can also choose from a menu of small plates featuring meats, pasta, cheese, and panini sandwiches to enjoy in the dining room. Just be sure to leave room for an amazing dessert.
When you're done eating, you can relax and enjoy your wine in the cozy fireplace seating area.
Via Napoli Ristorante e Pizzeria
If pizza is among your favorite Italian classics, you can't miss out on trying the pizza at Via Napoli Ristorante e Pizzeria for lunch or dinner. Their specialty is authentic Italian pizza cooked in wood-burning ovens and served in record time.
It's a great option if you want to visit a table-service restaurant with a casual vibe. Guests can choose from classic-style pizzas or one of their specialty pizzas, like the Piccante Pizza with spicy Italian sausage.
Aside from pizza, they have many other Italian favorites. Some of the most popular is their small plates like the Calamari Fritti. These calamari rings come with authentic spicy tomato sauce.
If you're looking to share a meal, the Tagliere feeds two. Much like the dish at Tutto Italia, it comes with a variety of meats, cheeses, grissini bread, and more.
Guests can choose from an extensive list of alcoholic beverages to go with their meals, but they do have non-alcoholic beverages as well.
Is Via Napoli Owned by Disney?
Via Napoli is not owned by Disney. Even though Via Napoli is at Disney World, it's actually owned by the Patina Restaurant Group.
They own several restaurants across the country, including places like southern California, New York, and New Jersey.
Can You Eat at Via Napoli Without a Reservation?
You do need a reservation, but luckily, it's usually easy to get a last-minute reservation. However, you will need a valid admissions ticket to EPCOT for the same day you make you reserve your table.
Pizza al Taglio
If you're looking to grab a slice of pizza to go while you're near the Italy Pavilion, you can stop by the Pizza al Taglio, near the World Showcase Lagoon, right next to Via Napoli.
It's a delicious and slightly cheaper alternative to the table service restaurant. Instead, you can walk up to the window and order a single slice of pizza that's very similar to the pizza at Via Napoli. Just be warned, it is a little different than what you get inside the restaurant.
At this quick-service walk-up window, you get a fairly large slice of thick-crust pizza, cut in a square-shaped slice.
There's also plenty of outdoor seating nearby if you want to relax and enjoy a quick lunch or dinner before you get back to your journey at EPCOT.
Gelateria Toscana is an excellent quick-service place with many delicious options for an Italian dessert. Guests can choose from a simple vanilla gelato in a cup or, one of their most popular treats, a waffle cone.
If you visit on one of Orlando's rare chilly days, you can indulge in one of their homemade hot chocolates, topped with whipped cream and marshmallows.
Is there a Gusteau's Restaurant at Disney World?
There's not a Gusteau's Restaurant at Walt Disney World. Many mistake the restaurant portion of the Ratatouille attraction as being an actual restaurant, but it's actually a part of the ride.
This is located in the France Pavilion, and rather than eating, you take a behind-the-scenes tour of the famous kitchen and dining room.
Italian Restaurants at Disney Springs
If you're visiting Disney Springs, they also have an Italian food option. In the landing area, you'll find Pizza Ponte.
This quick service option is technically a pizza place, but Disney Spring also have other Italian food. Guests can choose from a slice of pizza, an Italian sandwich, a dessert, and more.