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A Review of Via Napoli at Epcot (Pizza & More)

Via Napoli at Epcot is one of the most popular dining locations in all of Walt Disney World. The restaurant is famous for its delicious pizzas and flavorful Italian cuisine. In fact, it’s commonly referred to as the best place to get pizza at Disney.

If you consider yourself a gourmet or foodie, you don’t want to sleep on Via Napoli during your Walt Disney World vacation. Trust me. The restaurant is located in the Italy Pavilion of Epcot’s World Showcase. Specifically, you’ll find it at the very back of the pavilion behind the fountain.

In this Via Napoli review, we will look at a combination of several meals we’ve enjoyed at the pavilion. I think that most will agree the food here is superbly unique and the atmosphere inviting.

Via Napoli Epcot

Via Napoli is considered table service dining. Additionally, advanced dining reservations are needed to dine here in most cases. However, if you find yourself visiting on a not-so-crowded day, you might be able to get a walk-up reservation. It never hurts to ask.

There is a menu posted outside the restaurant if you are curious about the offerings. In addition, there is a walk-up pizza window available on the left-hand side of the restaurant. From my experience, it’s open during busier times. You can see it in the picture below.

Via Napoli has a menu posted outside the Epcot restaurant.

Usually, there is a more expansive menu provided at the table.

The restaurant’s interior provides a warm, Tuscan vibe. It feels as though you have stepped into a true Italian kitchen.

Via Napoli Dining Room

The decor is subtle and provides a nice ambiance with warm undertones no matter what time of day you visit.

Guests dining at Epcot Via Napoli

The heart of Via Napoli is the open kitchen with wood-burning ovens. Fun fact, each oven represents a volcano in Italy by names: Etna, Vesuvius, and Stromboli.

Via Napoli Interior

There are several dining rooms where you might be seated. The one below is the long portion of Via Napoli that has windows looking out into the pavilion.

Dining Rooms Via Napoli

The back of the house offers a little more private seating on a crowded day.

Via Napoli Interior

One side of the restaurant is lined with a service area off the main kitchen. It’s really nice how everything is out in the open.

Service Area Via Napoli

Feel free to walk by and look at some of the food preparation. It’s fun to see the chefs preparing pies and sliding them in and out of the oven.

On a recent visit, a chef showed me a bit of the process. You might see that some of the wood for the oven is located toward the bottom of the picture on a shelf.

Via Napoli prepares pizza in a wood burning oven.

It’s not everyday you see such craftsmanship go into pizza.

A while back, I dined here for lunch around the Independence Day holiday. There was a new seasonal drink available on that visit. Sometimes these seasonal offerings turn into long-term menu items. Other times they become a distant memory or resurface in another season.

Here we have the Peachy Dream Bellini.

Via Napoli Peach Popsicle Bellini

The Bellini is served with a frozen peach wine popsicle. If this is something that interests you, then make sure to enjoy one. I liked this one, but I’m not a big fan of cold, icy drinks. They tend to give me a headache.

Popsicle in drink at Via Napoli

On this visit, I had asked the server for her recommendation on trying a new pizza. My personal preference for pizza has always been the Quattro Formaggi.

The Quattro Formaggi, as you can probably imagine, is a white pizza with four kinds of cheese: mozzarella, parmesan, fontina, and provolone. I wish I had a photo of that one. It’s definitely something to consider, but truthfully, I don’t think you can go wrong here.

Since I’ve been doing the whole blogging thing, I’ve pretty much committed to trying new things every time I visit a restaurant. So, on this visit, I went with the Capricciosa, and it was fantastic!

Cappricciosa at Via Napoli

This is the Capricciosa Pizza in the individual size. The Capricciosa is made up of tomato sauce, mozzarella, eggplant, artichokes, ham, and mushrooms.

Individual Serving of Pizza at Via Napoli

Another nice thing Via Napoli has going for it is the ability to custom order a pizza. Below is a custom pepperoni and mushroom pizza. Anyone looking for something particular (or if you are a bit of a picky eater) can custom order an individual pie here as well.

As far as pizza sizes go at Via Napoli you or your group can select from the following:

  • Individual
  • Large
  • Mezzo Metro

If you can’t tell from the photos, the individual size is more than enough for one person.

Most large groups will opt to order the Mezzo Metro. It’s massive and probably the best-priced meal in Epcot for a family. One of these days, I’ll get back over there with a larger group and get a photo of one.

If you aren’t looking for pizza, Via Napoli provides an outstanding menu of other Italian fare as well. Here are a few items I’ve had on another visit.

First, we have the Ravioli di Ricotta e Spinaci. This dish is described as ravioli filled with ricotta and served with a tomato sauce. I’ve eaten at Via Napoli countless times over the years but had never ordered anything other than pizza.

Ravioli di Ricotta e Spinaci Menu Item at Via Napoli

The ravioli was delicious. I can guarantee that I’ll have a bit of a dilemma deciding what to order the next time I visit. My only issue was the food was so appealing I was afraid the stone rabbit in the background might come to life and eat it if I turned my head.

Via Napoli Window Seating

And I still feel guilty about consuming this excellent preparation of calamari. It’s not something that you’ll really want to share with the crisp beer batter and twist of lemon, bringing out the natural seafood flavors. However, it is completely shareable.

Not to mention the properly seasoned spicy marinara. This entire meal was so good. I can hardly express how much I enjoyed it.

The rabbit was clearly coveting the calamari.

Calamari at Via Napoli

And if all that wasn’t enough, there’s dessert. Here we have the Coppa di Brutti Ma Buoni otherwise called the “Ugly But Good Sundae.”

Coppa di Brutti Ma Buoni

It is so over the top and unlike anything I would normally order. The dish features Amarena cherry, chocolate, gelato, and an Italian-style cookie. This is a dessert that will be long remembered.

How about a closeup? Make sure to keep this one on your list for a future visit. You will not regret indulging in the combination of crisp and creamy flavors.

Ugly But Good Sundae Dessert at Via Napoli

When planning your next Disney vacation, make sure to add Via Napoli to your reservation list. You really can’t go wrong here, whether you share a pizza with the family or everyone goes with entrees.

And whatever you do, don’t forget dessert! You are on vacation, right? That’s what I keep telling myself.

For those of you researching other dining locations, I have a full list of Disney restaurant reviews here.

Additionally, when dining at Magic Kingdom, I highly recommend Skipper Canteen (review) for table service dining. Over at Disney’s Animal Kingdom, Satu’li Canteen (review) is a wonderful counter service option. And you can’t beat dining at the Hollywood Brown Derby (review) at Disney’s Hollywood Studios. The Brown Derby is actually considered signature dining at Disney.

As far as dining with characters at Disney World goes, you might like the Akershus Princess Breakfast review. Or if you are looking for something new, we love the Topolino’s Terrace Character Breakfast.

Disney’s Animal Kingdom has a few other options you might try, like Tiffins Restaurant (review). This is another signature dining location offering amazing food and usually a pretty reasonable lunch special.

You might also enjoy a meal at Disney’s Yak and Yeti or browse through the Animal Kingdom Quick Service guide for all the counter service options available.

There are so many dining options at Disney. It can become overwhelming when trying to consider everyone in your party. I get it.

Planning a Disney World vacation? You might enjoy reading our choices for the best Disney World Resorts for Everyone.

Hopefully, this Via Napoli review provided you with the information needed to secure a reservation here. And if you have a favorite meal at Via Napoli or have any questions, make sure to leave me a comment below.

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