Slice…pizza…yeah, we went there. How could we not lean on this dad joke? Before we kick-off our Via Napoli Ristorante e Pizzeria review, we’re going to let you in on a little secret. No one calls it by its full name, everyone refers to it as Via Napoli. Welcome to being in the know. Now that we got that all sorted let’s head off to Epcot and grab a slice of za!
One thing is for certain when in comes to pizza. If it’s good, it doesn’t matter where it’s located, we’re going to find it. Tucked away in the back of the Italy Pavilion at Epcot’s World Showcase you’ll find Via Napoli. It’s easy to find, as it’s the spot with the line. Yes, it’s that popular and rightfully so, but we’ll get to that.
The restaurant consists of three dining rooms. You have the main dining area with it’s towering ceiling and open air kitchen. Next, you have the enclosed patio style seating with floor to ceiling glass and more outdoorsy type of feel. Last is the back room which is more quaint and relaxing. By far our favorite spot to sit is in the main dining area, as that’s where all the action happens. For us, nothing beats an open kitchen and grand views of the three wood-fired pizza ovens.
Passholder Insights: Take a close look at the pizza ovens at Via Napoli as they are named for the three Italian volcanos, Mount Etna, Mount Vesuvius, and Stromboli.
Should we go antipasti or insalate? We gotta go with the insalate so we can save room for the infamous Via Napoli pizza. For us, we usually opt for the family-style salad. Fresh mixed greens are topped with cucumbers, tomatoes, marinated mushrooms, both green and black olives, pepperoncini peppers, peppadew peppers, then finished with a light red wine vinaigrette. It’s just the light refreshing bite you’re looking for when stepping out of the warm Florida sun.
The family-style salad is only available when ordering pizza and requires a minimum of two people.
Passholder Insights: Via Napoli is one of the few restaurants around Walt Disney World that is not part of the Disney Dining Plan. They do take annual pass, DVC, and Tables In Wonderland for discounts.
It’s why we’re all here, for the za. Ah, where to begin? The crust, definitely the crust. You can’t have great pizza without a fantastic base, and Via Napoli may have some of the best we’ve ever enjoyed. Rumors around how they make their crust are something of Disney folklore. People say they import everything from Naples, including the water. This is true, well except for the water. The water is local, however, it’s the same pH as water found in Naples.
Biting into the crust you instantly taste the toasted “char flavoring” from the woodfire oven. There’s a good amount of yeast which creates the “bite” or doughy texture you look for in a pizza. What amazes us every time is how light it is. Most of the time we find pizza crust heavy and filling.
Now that we got a solid base, lets make our pie. When ordering at Via Napoli there are two questions you’ll have to ask yourself, would you prefer a white or red pizza, and which size. The menu is broken down into white or specials and red or classic pizzas. For sizes you can choose from an individual (10″), large (20″), or a Mezzo Metro (1/2 meter sheet). We usually go with two individuals so we can try a couple of options.
On this trip Via Napoli, we went with two of the specials. The pizza that Via Napoli is known for is the Prosciutto e Melone. Built atop the infamous crust is a combination of fontina and mozzarella cheeses, then thin slices of prosciutto and cantaloupe then finished with arugula. It doesn’t sound like it should work, oh, but it does. The saltiness of the prosciutto pairs perfectly with the sweetness of the cantaloupe and richness from the cheeses. What’s the real kicker is the peppery bite you get from the arugula.
Onto our next pizza. Say hello to the San Gennaro, otherwise known as Nate’s favorite. This white pizza uses the same cheese mixture then is topped with sweet Italian sausage, hot peppers, onions, and cherry tomatoes. A much more classic take on pizza, what really makes the San Gennaro shine are the hot peppers as they balance out the sweetness from the onions and sausage. If you’re looking for a of more traditional pizza that is a little different, this may be the one for you.
Passholder Insights: Via Napoli is one of the more popular dining spots at Epcot. We highly recommend making an Advance Dining Reservation if possible.
Best pizza at Disney World, hands down. For us, Via Napoli is some of the best pizza we’ve had outside of Italy. Everything starts with crust and builds from there, we’ve yet to have a pizza we didn’t like. The menu has something for everyone from the standard to the more elaborate options like the Proscuitto e Melone. If you’re looking for a good slice, definitely check out Via Napoli. All this pizza talk has wanting another slice of the good stuff!
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