Friday, July 15, 2011

Foodie Friday - Via Napoli


Via Napoli, one of two new restaurants in the World Showcase (the other being La Hacienda de San Angel) originally made our ADR schedule, but didn't happen as planned.  Instead, we walked in around 5:15 one evening, asked the hostess, and were seating within 10 minutes.  Yes, in June, walk ups at excellent restaurants are possible - just show up early!
The Hostess Table
The inside of the restaurant really is beautifully adorned and made us very excited to order to get a table.  We quickly looked over the menu and started with the arancini, which to my cajun-food loving mind sounded basically like an Italian version of the boudin balls I great to love living in Louisiana.
Arancini - served over amazing Marinara sauce
Noah, our odd eating little man, loved these, but mostly loved the Marinara.  He enjoyed it so much, in fact, that a server brought him a dish of marinara which he enjoyed with a spoon.

As for our entree, my husband and I completely differ on pizza.  I like my vegetables and he likes his meat, and neither of us really like both.  So, we split!  Half veggie, half meat.
Now, I should tell you - I don't generally enjoy pizza.  I like making my own at home on whole wheat dough, with my own toppings and ingredients, or from a restaurant like Z Pizza, but I can (and have for many years) live without take out pizza.  Via Napoli, however, changed my mind on restaurant pizza.  This pizza was fabulous.  Gooey, delicious, and loaded with great toppings.

Plus, for 2 adults and 1 kid, we still had leftovers from a medium pizza!

When we saw the dessert menu, we knew we had to indulge.  Adam ordered the pistachio gelato, a fruit bowl for Noah, the zeppoli - fried donuts for 'me'.

Gelato

Zeppoli with whipped cream and chocolate dipping sauces
The fruit plate was delicious and our little man devoured it in a matter of minutes.  Adam still drools over that gelato.  But, the zeppoli?  Not so good.  I've had great zeppoli - basically it's just fried dough.  This dough wasn't flavored.  The dipping sauces were the only flavor, and that just wasn't for me, so we didn't finish those, even sharing 3 ways.  Should have gone with the waitresses recommendation of Tiramisu!

Other than that one order-mishap, I would absolutely eat here again.  Actually, now that I'm thinking about it, I'm wondering how we can work it in for our January trip...

Have you been to Via Napoli yet?  What is your favorite?  I'd love to hear about your experiences!



6 comments:

  1. We have not been here yet, but it's one of the top restaurants on my list for our next trip. I love Italian food and good pizza, so I am really looking forward to trying it out! Thanks for the review!!

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  2. It was great! If I like pizza, it's GOOD.. and not too greasy. I hope you enjoy it!

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  3. We have and it was fabulous. I wrote a review about it if you want to see it. I loved the pizza!!

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  4. The pizza was incredible. I don't usually eat my crust(I'm basically a 9 year old boy) but that crust was great! Loved the theme and our waiter was awesome. Via Napoli is high on my list of must eats in Epcot and that list keeps growing.

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  5. I love this place. The pizza is amazing. We're going at least twice in December. Best deal for a 1TS credit on property if you're on the dining plan.

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  6. That pizza looks huge! I'll definitely add this to our list for possible ADR's for our next trip... whenever that may be...

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