Our walk around World Showcase continues with the Italy Pavilion.
Admittedly, this portion of the update will be on the thin side. We’ll take look at merchandise and visit Tutto Italia for a dinner review separately.
While Italy doesn’t currently offer a traditional quick service, you will find a couple of kiosks around the Pavilion, the first of which is located out in front on the left.
Here, you’ll find a number of sweet treats.
Wine, beer, and other beverages are also offered.
Via Napoli’s pizza window is currently under refurbishment. During the Food and Wine Festival, it offers pizza slices and meatball sandwiches, among a couple of other items. It would make some sense for it to operate all year as there is certainly a market for serviceable pizza in World Showcase. On the other hand, I think some number of people are tricked into ordering a slice at the window expecting Via-Napoli-style pizza, when it’s instead served on a French bread crust using lower quality ingredients. There’s probably two main problems with an Italian quick service: If they were going to open it in the back of the Pavilion, there’s obviously little foot traffic back there. And if the quality of the food was on par with the restaurants, some number of people would opt to pay less there than sit down at Tutto Italia or Via Napoli.
Speaking of Via Napoli, it remains one of the better values at Epcot as long as your group of three to five people can decide on which specialty pizza to order:
And a reminder that you can order half and half on the Large or Mezzo in case you want to try both the Pepperoni and the Quattro Formaggi or something. Four people can easily share the Mezzo Metro at $12 per person, which is probably less than you’d pay for a quick service entree elsewhere. And the pizza is as good as you’ve heard.
If they’re willing, it makes sense for the kids to share the pizza, but they have a dedicated menu available to them as well.
A second kiosk is located inside the Pavilion on the right. Or as we look in the opposite direction outside Via Napoli, on the left.
Pricing in Italy is really rough, even for Epcot. Rosa Regale is a $16 bottle at Total Wine, yet a 4ish ounce cup here will set you back 13 bucks. The Menabrea Blonda is a 12-ounce bottle priced at $11.50. And the fact that they don’t even tell you what wines they’re pouring probably isn’t a good sign.
What would Walt think?
After they take your money, the cart is prepared to make a run for it before you realize that you just paid $13 for a glass of Rosa Regale.
Tutto Gusto is the wine bar located adjacent to Tutto Italia.
It serves Italia’s full menu, along with this:
I visited often back when most of the food was served a la carte and a few of the beer choices were actually rare selections from Italy. 30 bucks for Chicken Fettuccine or $24 for a plate with three different cheeses on it seems rough and $12 for a Yuengling draft is pretty crazy. On the other hand, that Sweet Dessert Wine Flight with the trio of desserts sounds like a relative steal.
I’ll run another review when I’m in the mood to drop $150 and leave hungry and disgruntled, which is more often than you might expect. In addition to the overpriced items above, there’s something like 250 bottles of Italian wine available to purchase as well.
The Enoteca Castello is the to-go bar that serves wine. It’s located inside the first building on the right side of the Pavilion.
Prices are considerably lower here. The same beer that’s $12 outside is $9.06 at the Enoteca and the Rosa Regale arrives at a $3 discount as well, in addition to the fact that they at least confirm that the wine they’re serving is bad by naming it.
The wines available by the glass are typically available by the bottle as well, though you’ll have to pick it up at the entrance and your resort probably offers better wine at lower prices in the gift shop.
It’s worth taking a minute to appreciate Italy’s architecture.
Perhaps while the kids are coloring at the Kidcot station, conveniently located to the left of the wine shop.
The Venetian Gothic style seen in the replica of the Doge’s Palace is particularly well done.
As is St. Mark’s Campanile.
If you’re still trashed from that one Bud Light from Crystal Palace, then the Neptune Fountain is a good opportunity to take a swim.
Then you can make your getaway in one of these boats.
I’m right behind you.
Lady and the Tramp represent Italy for the Flower and Garden Festival.
And you’ll have an opportunity to check out some herbs:
There does not appear to be a whole lot of terra cotta going on despite all of the signage.
It doesn’t “feel” like there’s quite as much to see and do in Italy as some of the other Pavilions, but it certainly offers some viable sit-down options if you’re looking for pizza, pasta, and cheese.
We’ll move on to merchandise next and follow that up with a detailed review of dinner at Tutto Italia.