Italian Bliss at Via Napoli
When visiting Walt Disney World, I like to have a sit down lunch. It gives me a break from pounding the pavement and is not much more expensive than eating at a counter service establishment that leaves you trying to find a seat while balancing your food, drink, camera, and purse. On this visit to Epcot, my friend (Lynne) and I chose to dine at Via Napoli, serving authentic southern Italian cuisine, in Italy at the World Showcase.
Via Napoli’s Decor
Via Napoli is aesthetically pleasing. The restaurant is full of classical decorations; frescoes are painted in gorgeous colors, there is plenty of natural light, and an open kitchen allows customers to watch their food being prepared. Huge brick oven pizzas, with faces painted on the top, line one whole wall. They are named for the three active volcanoes in Italy, Mount Etna, Mount Vesuvius, and Stromboli. Carts with fresh fruit drinks and ornate glass and stemware are located throughout. A huge communal table sits in the midst of the restaurant. I would guess that Via Napoli seats around 400 people.
Lynne and I started our dining experience at Italy’s Via Napoli with some specialty drinks. Our Blood Orange and Strawberry Fruit Juice Coolers were $6 each and did not come with refills. They were, however, refreshing on this 90 degree day.
We each opted for a salad, which was $7 per person. The salad is a blend of lettuce with chopped tomatoes, succulent red peppers, a variety of olives, cucumbers, and onions. It came pre-tossed in dressing. My salad was magnificent!
For lunch, Lynne and I ended up with the same entrees: Paccheri alla Crema con Pollo (square, flat macaroni tubes with pancetta and chicken in cream sauce). The pasta was spectacular; perfectly portioned! The pancetta was a nice touch and the pasta was not swimming in sauce (two thumbs up in my book). My cream sauce was the right consistency and blend of rich flavors.
Pizza is a popular choice at Via Napoli; nearly everyone around us had ordered one. There is even a family style pizza that comes on a 4′ metal pan. They looked delicious, as did the Gelato Frizante dessert.
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I very much enjoyed my lunch at Italy’s Via Napoli! All of my food was great. I spent more on my lunch than I would have liked to, but I did receive a Passholder discount. My only complaint is the noise, due to the large crowds and high ceilings. I definitely recommend Via Napoli to those going to Epcot who do not mind spending a little more money for a good meal.
Rating: 1 (low) to 10 (high) = 9 1/2
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