Tucked inside of Epcot’s Italy pavilion is the stalwart restaurant that recently underwent a mini-renovation, Tutto Italia Ristorante. A perennial favorite of the DVC Duo for family trips, it offers classic true Italian specialties (no Americanized versions here). We love it for family trips because there is a wide variety of choices for all protein preferences and taste palettes. Let’s take a tour of the menu!
This is a one meal credit on the Disney Dining Plan. As you’ll recall, appetizers are not included generally, but Tutto Italia does allow you to swap your dessert for either the Insalata Mista or Pasta e Fagioli soup. The insalata is refreshing with bitter Endive, peppery arugula, spicy radicchio, cool and crisp white asparagus and radish, and a tangy balsamic vinaigrette.
The Pasta e Fagioli soup looked pretty hearty as well with a tomato based broth, tender and creamy cannellini beans, and short little pasta that would be the perfect starter on a cold Florida day (if that ever happens!). Looking over the current menu, I’m sure the Antipasto Misto (mix) would be a great addition to any family table.
One of the best things about dining with a large group is that you get to try everyone’s meal! My sister and I went with the Zuppa di Pesce which was just the right amount of food – light and filling. It was filled with fish, clams, mussels, squid, and shrimp. There was a nice chewy sourdough type bread for dunking. On this particular evening, luckily, we weren’t too hungry. The meal was quite flavorful with a beautifully rich seafood broth, but I felt it was a little skimpy on the seafood, especially since the cioppino at The Wave in the Contemporary Hotel is loaded with a variety of ocean bounty.
My father in law had the 12 oz bistecca with roasted potatoes that looked hearty. Both Nate and my father had Risotto con Gamberi which was a rich risotto with delicately poached shrimp. It was creamy and lemony which added a nice light quality to an otherwise heavy dish. I thought this was the winner. The rice was so creamy and toothsome and the shrimp was fresh and plump.
My mother and mother in-law both got the chicken (Pollo) which was a classic chicken parmigiana – crispy fried with a beautiful ruby red pomodoro sauce with a tangy sprinkle of Parmesan cheese.
The strategy employed by most couples on our dining outing was that one ordered an appetizer and one ordered a dessert to split – this was a clutch strategy especially for the DVC Duo as Nate has quite the sweet tooth but Serena will take an extra helping of savory any day of the week 😉 We split the tiramisu which was enhanced from the typical with a little chocolate. There was a creamy, lump free mascarpone base with espresso-soaked cookies and a little chocolate dusting that just brought out the coffee flavor.
We also sampled the bacio al cioccolato which was an Italian upgrade on a decadent chocolate cake using hazelnut with a dense vanilla gelato to round out the flavor. There was also a light and airy lemon ricotta cheesecake with fresh berries floating around that I snuck a forkful of and for a non-cheesecake lover this was perfect – not too dense and the citrus really complements the sweetness of the ricotta.
If you find yourself in need of pleasing multiple taste buds, look no further than Tutto Italia in Epcot’s Italy pavilion. Buono! Prego!