Italian Bliss at Via Napoli
I love visiting Walt Disney World. Having a sit-down lunch is always a must for me as it gives an opportunity to escape the heat and allows me time to relax and unwind after a grueling day of walking and exploring.
The lunch prices at Epcot’s full-service restaurants aren’t much greater than the counter service restaurants, nor do you have to scout out a place to sit and eat while balancing your food, drink, camera, purse, and such.
My friend Lynne and I chose to dine at Via Napoli in the Italy section of the World Showcase. Via Napoli serves authentic southern Italian cuisine and has superb food quality and taste. If you are a pasta or pizza lover, this is the place for you.
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 the restaurant. A huge communal table sits in the midst of the restaurant.
A Palate-Pleasing Lunch
Lynne and I started our dining experience at Italy’s Via Napoli with Italian soda specialty drinks. Our Blood Orange and Strawberry Fruit Juice Coolers were $6 each and incredibly refreshing on this hot day. The coolers did not come with refills but we savored every sip.
We each opted for a salad to start our meal. It was a blend of lettuces with chopped tomatoes, succulent red peppers, a variety of olives, cucumbers, and onions and came tossed in tangy 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 crisp 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.
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Additional Offerings at Via Napoli
On another visit to Via Napoli, we opted for the Quattro Formaggi (mozzarella, parmesan, fontina, and provolone) and Piccante (tomato sauce, mozzarella, and Italian spicy sausage) pizzas. Both were excellent choices; flavorful and filling.
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I very much enjoyed my lunch at Italy’s Via Napoli! All of our food was tasty and well worth the cost. I spent a little more on my lunch than I would have liked to, but I did receive a 10% Passholder discount. I definitely recommend Via Napoli to those going to Epcot who do not mind spending a little more money for a delicious meal.
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