On every Disney trip my family eats at Via Napoli Ristorante e Pizzeria at least twice. We look forward to the authentic atmosphere and of course, the food! Located in the Italy Pavilion at Epcot this restaurant features Florentine architecture and inspired southern Italian cuisine. Via Napoli is one of 60 Patina Restaurant Group establishments created by famed restaurateur Nick Valenti and master Chef Joachim Splichal. Their combined innovation has created a brand synonymous with memorable dining.
Via Napoli’s outer facade and interior dining rooms were designed by Florence based architects Melucci & Nardini. Their vision for the restaurant was to layer the multitude of art and design influences central to Italian city life. Via Napoli has incredible vaulted ceilings, imported handmade ceramics and vibrant blown glass chandeliers. Enormous windows let in such an abundance of natural light that we’ve never eaten here past 5:30pm just to bask in it.
In the main dining room a long communal table acts as a functional showpiece. Made in Florence, the table is decorated with hand painted tiles of iconic Italian monuments embedded along it’s top. But it’s the open-kitchen concept that showcases Via Napoli’s true feature – a trio of wood burning ovens named for Italy’s three active volcanoes – Stromboli, Vesuvio and Etna. Authentic pizza Napoletana is dished straight from the glowing mouths of these ovens to your table with passion and precision.
For a classic Neapolitan meal that never disappoints it’s Calamari Fritti and Insalata to start – the Contadino is my favourite. Then a Margherita pizza large enough to share. For a non-alcoholic drink try the San Pellegrino Limonata. On occasion I’ve also ordered excellent pasta dishes from the menu. You’ll do well with any selection you make, just don’t miss out on a taste of the authentic pizza Napoletana. It tops the menu!