Tonight we ran over to EPCOT for a dinner at Via Napoli and what ever else we decided to do.
I am not going to bore you with we road SSE, or did whatever in innovations east, no I am going to get right in to it.
I know there has a been a lot of back and for about VN should have been a QS and not table service. Well after eating there I have to say Disney got it right.
The restaurant is huge. I have read 500 seats. Inside looks about right plus there is a large out door dinning area. The room is really really big and fresh and bright. The tables aren’t packed in and we saw them rearrange sections for groups. There is a large fixed table in the middle of the room that runs almost the full length. Plus there is bar seating in front of the kitchen and ovens (the oven openings are ornate sculptures).
The restaurant is so big that I don’t imagine that you wouldn’t be able get a seat pretty quickly unless you had an unusually large group or it was the height of busy season. It is a great place to get off your feet for a little while and recoup.
Now the food.
The food was more Italian then Americanized Italian cuisan that you would get at other Disney restaurants. I have to say the smells and taste were much more like what we ate in Italy. This isn’t some Macaroni Grill, Olive Garden, Pizza Hut, or Carabas. This is more along the lines of an authentic Italian restaurant.
The flavors are garden fresh and light. We started with arancini (a fried rice ball stuffed with cheese and sometimes veil, not here). These came with a light tomato sauce (tomato with fresh chopped basil mixed in). According to the menu it was suppose to have a meat ragu but ours was meatless. It was very similar to arancini we had in Italy. I would defiantly recommend them and would add that one is enough.
The table next to us had Spaghetti E Polpettine (spaghetti and meatballs). It looked and smelled wonderful. Looked and smelled like something I ate in Italy. Didn’t look like the version you find a your favorite american italian chain.
We both ordered flavored drinks (non-alcholic). I got the limonata and DW got the blood orange. These were just like we got in Italy. Fresh juice in ice water. The proportions were perfect and refreshing. These drinks are not sweet so don’t order them thinking you are getting a lemonade or orange juice.
For our main course we got a wood fired pizza. A large Piccante. We should have gotten a small, not that was bad but that it was huge! What were we thinking…well I know what I am having for dinner tomorrow.
Again this is typical Italian pizza. fresh, fresh, fresh. It is not stuffed or over run with toppings. The sauce is light, the mozzarella is fresh, the toppings are sparse if you are thinking Pizza Hut. The crust is thin and delicious, crispy, wonderful.
If you never get to Italy eating here is very very close. Not all the great food they have in italy but give you a feeling for what real pizza and spaghetti should be like.
Now I don’t think you can do an authentic italian restaurant as a QS. Italians don’t do quick service. They actually sit down and enjoy their food. I suggest that we all learn that lesson. We might find ourselves eating more then burgers, fries, and nuggets.
On price we ordered enough food for 4 or 5 people and our bill came out to $50. I don’t think that is to unreasonable if we actually had 2 or 3 other people with us :mickey:
One last thing…my wife enjoyed the eye candy. She said that there wasn’t one bad guy in the lot. She wondered if they left any good looking men back in Italy.