Via Napoli Restaurant- Guest Blogger Kim White’s Review
This WDW restaurant review comes from guest blogger Kim White, huge Disney fan and Travel Specialist with Magical Mouse Plans Travel.
During our recent family vacation to Walt Disney World, we decided to try a few restaurants
we’ve never been to. We have never used the dining plan, and because this time we were on
the club level at The Polynesian we decided any of the Disney dining plan options would be too
We are like most families that LOVE pizza and Italian food so this time we decided to head over
to Via Napoli in Epcot. Located in the Italian Pavilion in World Showcase, this open and busy
restaurant offers authentic Italian cuisine, woodfired pizzas and pasta.
We had reservations and were seated within 10 minutes of our reserved time. We sat back by
the kitchen. This wasn’t a problem really as you can see the brick ovens where the pizzas go in
and out. But it was noisy and there is a lot going on. The staff is constantly walking by and the
restrooms were on our side, so there were a lot of people walking by for that as well.Via Napoli offers three
different sizes of pizza: individual, large (serves 23), and mezzo metro (serves 35). We
settled on the Mezzo Metro pizza. My husband ordered pasta (Candele candle stick pasta,
sausage ragu, polpettine meatballs, mozzarella, ricotta) and we couldn’t wait to eat. I had
heard wonderful things about the pizza and the crust. The water they use to make the pizza
crust is actually imported to match the water from Naples. We used to live in Chicago so
we’ve had our share of fabulous pizza.When our pizza arrived we were a little overwhelmed by how large it was. However, my kids
can eat so I knew we’d finish it one way or another. We were not going to waste it, and we
weren’t going to walk around Epcot with leftovers.
OK, now I will try not to be too harsh, but honestly, I was disappointed. The pizza actually
‘underwhelmed’ me. The crust was good where it wasn’t a little burnt. I know in woodfired
pizzas that can happen. A little burned crispiness is expected, but this had a but too much and
my kids were picking it off. The outside pieces you could pick up but all of the inside pieces were
super floppy and the crust may have been underdone. We were rolling it up and folding it over
just so we could eat it. The sauce, although good, was splattering all over because the crust
couldn’t hold the pizza. The toppings fell off and we were sort of fighting with our food. The
flavor was good, but not great. I think the size of the pizza was the cause of this. If we had each
got individual pizzas maybe it would have held up better. But we were trying to save a bit of
money and the kids would have all ordered the same thing anyway. My husband did like his
Candele pasta and it was more than enough. We usually don’t order desert, but this time we
did. We got the Zeppole di Caterina Ricotta cheese fritters, served with whipped cream and
chocolate sauce. These were amazing! I think I was so happy when I took a bite, I forgot to take
a picture. Trust me, they are something I would order again.
Overall, our experience here was good. It was not great. We would probably choose another
place next time. I’m glad we tried it and we did get plenty to eat! That’s always a good thing
when you are doing a lot of walking.
Via Napoli is offered on the Disney Dining plan as 1 table service credit. Reservations are
highly recommended. Making your dining reservations is a free service I take care of for all of my
guests who book vacations with me.
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