Via Napoli Restaurant review
Via Napoli is one of Epcot’s shining stars. Located in the Italy pavilion, Via Napoli offers top-notch traditional Italian cuisine, and has some of the best Disney dining. The menu here is a long one, so take time to browse because there are so many yummy things to try. You will definitely want to make a reservation if you plan on dining at Via Napoli!
Expect average pricing here, most adults can dine for $15 – $35. This is a great dining option for larger parties as well, so keep that in mind when making your reservations. Via Napoli is one of my favorite restaurants on Disney property because nothing beats classic Italian comfort food!
After entering Epcot’s front entrance, head straight past Spaceship Earth, entering Epcot’s World Showcase. Turn left, towards the Mexico pavilion. You’ll continue to walk through Norway, China, and Germany before entering the Italy pavilion. You’ll then turn left and head to the back of the Italy pavilion into Via Napoli!
Inside, you’ll find this restaurant definitely exhibits an old Italian bistro vibe. When you walk in, you’ll see three large faces that double as pizza ovens. Each one is named after a volcano located in Italy, actually! These brick ovens ensure your pizza is cooked to perfection in a short amount of time! This restaurant is huge and offers a variety of seating options. My favorite spot is actually outside though, don’t worry if it’s very hot or cold, they will pull down protectors and control the temperature for you. I feel like the outside seating really enhances the atmosphere at Via Napoli. The outdoor seating is also much quieter, perfect if you’re visiting Via Napoli with a significant other!
The décor here is minimal, the walls and the architecture really give this place its Italian feel. High ceilings, beautiful light fixtures, and incredible murals really bring Via Napoli’s ambiance together. I feel like Via Napoli really shines at night when it’s a bit dimmer and seems to be glowing from the inside out.
Also, one of my favorite features about this restaurant is the fact that it is HUGE! Via Napoli can easily accommodate large parties. Many tables and chairs here are movable, so you won’t have to worry about seating your party separately.
One of my other favorite things about Via Napoli is their incredible staff. Every cast member here is native to Italy, and they truly know their stuff. They are all very kind and willing to help answer any of your questions. This is especially helpful since the entirety of the menu is in Italian.
The service is pretty quick here. Via Napoli is a fast-paced restaurant, serving thousands of people each day. Their pizzas are cooked at a high heat as well which enables them to get food on your table very quickly. Via Napoli really is a great place to dine!
Now, the menu at Via Napoli is LONG! They have tons of pizzas, pastas, and specialty dishes to choose from not including the lovely appetizers, sides, salads, drinks, and desserts. Take your time browsing Via Napoli’s menu, because you never know what amazing dish you’ll find to try!
Let’s start with the appetizers! I have a few favorite items to try here at Via Napoli such as the Arancini ($13.00). These are fried risotto balls with creamy mozzarella cheese, and a meaty ragù. These are the perfect start to an Italian meal, in my opinion. They are a warm and cozy starter, perfect for the comfort food lovers.
They also have a wonderful Calamari Fritti ($19.00) made up of fried calamari rings served alongside a spicy tomato sauce so be ware if you are not a fan of spicy items. If you want to be safe and go for the most traditional appetizer, the Mozzarella Caprese ($9.00) is an easy choice! Enjoy slices of fresh mozzarella, tomato, and basil leaves for the perfect Italian starter!
If you’d rather start with a soup or salad, Via Napoli has plenty options to choose from such as the Cesare ($18.00) salad which is essentially a traditional Caesar salad served with crispy croutons for a good crunch. If you’d like to try a more unique salad, try the Contadino ($14.00) which features arugula, string beans, candied walnuts, pear, pecorino, and a tangy mustard vinaigrette. This salad is fun and fresh, a great start to the meal if you want something a tad lighter. They also serve a lovely little Minestrone ($9.00) which is just a simple, warm vegetable soup with pasta.
Then, we get into the Pasta portion of the menu, one of the places where Via Napoli truly excels! One of my favorites is the signature Fettucine “Via Napoli” ($29.00) which features mushrooms, prosciutto, and your choice of shrimp or chicken. This pasta is simple and delectable, perfect for someone going for a tasty signature dish.
Another incredible pasta option at Via Napoli is the Ravioli “Calabrese” ($31.00). Lobster stuffed ravioli in light sauce of perfection is a dream. This is one of my top recommendations for pasta lovers visiting Via Napoli. If you’d like to try their version of something classic, try the Spaghetti e Polpettine ($24.00). It’s a simple spaghetti and meatballs dish taken to the next level thanks to Via Napoli’s culinary experts!
If you aren’t into the pizza or pasta or trying to stay away from excess carbs, the Secondi (Entrees) menu is for you! The Pollo Parmigiana ($26.00) is an incredible chicken parmesan dish featuring a side of their tasty spaghetti. This is perfect if you’d like a healthy meal that comes with a bit of indulgence. If you are a pesto lover, definitely try the Petto di Pollo ($24.00) which includes pounded chicken, oven roasted vegetables, and a fresh pesto sauce. To try Via Napoli’s steak, order the Bistecca ($35.00).
This is a classic rib-eye steak served with roasted potatoes and seasoned broccoli. Those with an affinity for steak will love this tender, juicy, steak served so classically alongside potatoes and veggies.
Now for the extra fun stuff…pizza! Via Napoli has an assortment of signature pizzas which are all delectable. However, if nothing specific is catching your eye, let your waiter know you’d like to build your own pizza. You’ll pick the size, sauce, and toppings to make your perfect pie! This is fun for large families. Order the biggest pizza and ask them to personalize each half or third based on all of your family’s favorites!
Their pizzas all come in three different sizes: Individual (10”), Large (20”), and Meter Mezzo Metro (1/2 meter). The Margherita is their classic pizza with tomato sauce, mozzarella, and basil. They also serve a traditional Pepperoni Pizza. The Cappricciosa Pizza is where we get a little more adventurous served with tomato sauce, mozzarella, eggplant, artichokes, ham, and mushrooms. It seems odd, but the flavors melt together beautifully under the oven heat. My personal favorite is the Quattro Formaggi Pizza which is covered in mozzarella, parmesan, fontina, and provolone cheese! Cheese-lovers will be satisfied with this one! To try something really out there, ask for the Prosciutto e Melone Pizza which is topped with fontina, mozzarella, prosciutto, cantaloupe, and arugula. You would be surprised at how yummy this pizza really is despite it’s interesting array of ingredients.
Next, we have the desserts, which are good but not great. Personally, I like to let my system digest my dinner at Via Napoli as I continue through Epcot, then stop by the France Pavilion’s Patisserie to grab a raspberry macaron. However, sometimes I’ll stay at Via Napoli for something sweet. The Tiramisu ($12.00) is very popular made of mascarpone cream, espresso coffee, lady fingers, and chocolate. The Torta Caprese ($12.00) is also yummy featuring a traditional Neapolitan chocolate-hazelnut and almond cake.
It’s light and fluffy, so the perfect ending for this meal. My favorite is the Gelati e Sorbetto ($10.00) though. Thick and creamy, it comes in a variety of flavors such as vanilla, chocolate, pistachio, and lemon. You can also have your gelato “sundae style” in the Coppa di Brutti Ma Buoni ($15.00) which is an amarena cherry and vanilla gelato sundae. Via Napoli has some fun dessert options, that many will eat with delight. However, none of them really stand out off the menu.
Next up, we have the drink menu. There are plenty of standard beverage options to choose from at Via Napoli as well as a few signature cocktails which may be fun to try! The Limoncello Mule ($18.00) is a fan favorite made of Grey Goose l’orange vodka, limoncello, peach puree, orange juice, lime juice, and ginger beer. This drink is fruity and packs a punch, a fun twist on the classic Moscow Mule.
The Sicilian Sunset ($16.00) is also delicious featuring vodka, orangecello, orange juice, and pineapple juice served over shaved ice! Personally, I love this drink in the Summer time when it’s scorching in the Florida heat. The Via Napoli Sangria ($13.00) is also unique served with a signature blend of Italian wine and hand-cut fresh fruit. This is a great option for those who love wine and comes in both white and red options, so it can complement your meal perfectly!
The Kids’ Menu
While the kids’ menu is perfect with lower prices for smaller portions, it might be more cost effective to share a pizza if you and your kiddos are interested in the same thing. This might be something to keep in mind if it works better for your family and budget. The kids’ menus has a healthy Fruit Cocktail ($6.00) as an appetizer option.
Then, for an entrée they have three choices, the Pizza Margarita ($9.50), Spaghetti with Meatballs ($9.50), and Bocconcini ($9.50) which are essentially fried Mozzarella bites! The menu is small but provides options that most kids could definitely get on board with! Children have two dessert options as well. The Coppetta di Gelato ($5.00) is an Italian sundae served with either chocolate or vanilla gelato.
They can also choose to order the Ruota di Carretto ($5.00) which is a vanilla gelato cookie sandwich! I love this option for kids, it’s small but fun and delicious!
Via Napoli is a coveted reservation, so you will definitely want to book this one well in advance! You can make your reservation starting at 6am, 180 days before you start your Disney vacation! I recommend using that time to book each reservation your family is dying to have. Sometimes you can still snag Via Napoli the day before or day of, so stay aware if you decide to add this to your schedule last minute!
Use the MyDisneyExperience app for a quick and easy reservation process as well. If you’re planning on trying the Epcot Eat/Drink Around the World Challenge, I wouldn’t attempt that the same day you plan on dining at Via Napoli unless you and some friends are splitting a meal. The helpings at Via Napoli are pretty large, so this might fill you up early in the game if you try to stop here during your challenge day!
Overall, Via Napoli is a must-do for my family while we are at Disney. We all love Italian food, and everyone dines happily here. We often book this as a dinner reservation, but obviously it is a fantastic lunch spot as well. The pricing is great for those on a budget, especially if you can manage to share a large pizza and an appetizer! Be careful though, a ticket at Via Napoli can add up quickly, so be wary of that if you’re trying to stay budget-friendly.
The variety on this menu is also perfect for pleasing every member of the family with ease. If you’d like to check out more Italian dining options in Disney World here are some of the best options:
- Il Mulino – Walt Disney World Swan Hotel
- Mama Melrose’s Ristorante Italiano – Disney’s Hollywood Studios
- Terralina Crafted Italian – Disney Springs
- Tony’s Town Square Restaurant – Magic Kingdom
- Trattoria al Forno – Disney’s BoardWalk
This is one of the best Disney World restaurants, so definitely think about adding it to your list if you’re at Epcot for the day! Don’t forget to stop by the Patisserie shop in France after dinner for the perfect finisher and enjoy dining at Via Napoli!
Overall Rating: 5/5
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