The Epcot Italy Pavilion in World Showcase is one of the most beautiful in the park. The attention to detail is spectacular. The pavilion is one of the smaller countries in Epcot, but you should make sure that you spend some time there. Epcot Italy is one of the quieter spots in World Showcase. Unfortunately there isn’t an attraction, but the atmosphere, shopping and restaurants make this a great place to relax and simply enjoy the surroundings.
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The Italy Pavilion has a reproduction of St. Mark’s Square which is at the center of the space. As you approach Epcot Italy you will see the huge 83 foot tall Campanile di Piazza San Marco. The Imagineers used a lot of artistic license in the placing of the buildings – but this is meant to be a representation of Italy and it does a very good job of capturing the historic and grand feel of the architecture of Venice.
The main pink building is a replica of Doges Palace in Venice. The Imagineers wanted things to look as authentic as possible. The structure is made of fiber glass, but it has been painted and treated to look like marble. If you look right to the top of the bell tower you will see a statue of an angel right at the top. It is too far away to really appreciate, but this statue is covered with gold leaf.
There are many great spots to take photos in the Italy Pavllion in Epcot. Another favorite place is the replica of the Neptune Fountain which is towards the back of the square, beyond the KidCot stop.
It is worth spending some time watching the live street performers or listening to the singers Live street theatre and the singers “I Cantanapoli”.
Remember to look at the very front of the Italy Pavilion at the edge of World Showcase Lagoon. There you will see a collection of replica gondolas just like the ones that are used in the Canals of Venice. This is a nice place to spend a few minutes and look over the Lagoon. It is also a great place for photos.
Epcot Italy Restaurants
Italy is of course known for it’s wonderful cuisine. As you would expect, there are some good places to eat in Epcot Italy. It now has two full service restaurants to choose from, as well as a small wine cellar.
Epcot Via Napoli
Via Napoli serves traditional southern Italian cuisine. The interior is spacious and welcoming. There is an open kitchen so that you can watch the chefs at work.
The menu and prices are correct as a January 2017:
Mozzarella Caprese – vine-ripened tomato, fresh milk mozzarella – $9.00
Pasta e Fagioli – pasta & bean soup – $9.00
Peperoni Arrostiti – roasted peppers, tomato, onion, garlic – $8.00
Prosciutto e Melone – prosciutto di parma, canteloupe – $9.00
Salame e Provolone – dry cured sausage, imported provolone cheese – $9.00
Tortellini in Brodo – beef tortellini, spinach in broth – $9.00
Tortellini in Brodo – beef tortellini, spinach in broth – $9.00
Arancini – fried risotto balls filled with mozzarella & meat ragù – $11.00
Calamari Fritti – corn-crusted rings served with spicy tomato sauce – $14.00
Fritto di Verdura – crisp fried vegetables, marinara piccante – $8.00
Fritto Misto – an assortment of just-fried seasonal vegetables, calamari & cheese. Serves 2 people. Arancini, mozzarella, calamari, melanzane, asparagi, zucchine, artichoke, mushrooms, pomodoro piccante sauce – $26.00
Gamberetti e Fagioli – jumbo shrimp, cannellini bean salad, extra virgin olive oil, lemon juice – $9.00
Insalata del Contadino – cucumber, fennel, green beans, tomato, red wine vinaigrette – $10.00
Insalata del Contadino – cucumber, fennel, green beans, tomato, red wine vinaigrette – $10.00
Insalata di Ceci – chickpea fritters, arugula, scamorza, cherry tomato, onion, avocado, bacon, mushrooms – $13.00
There is a good selection of pizzas. Most of them are available in 3 different sizes so are perfect for sharing.
Affumicata Pizza – white pizza, mozzarella, smoked salmon, arugula, pomodorini, stracchino; Individual – $23; Large – $36; Mezzo Metro – $48
Broccolini Pizza – fresh diced tomatoes, broccoli rabe, fontina, mozzarella; Individual – $22; Large – $35; Mezzo Metro – $48
Candele – candle-stick pasta, sausage ragù, polpettine meatballs, mozzarella, ricotta – $24.00
Capricciosa Pizza – eggplant, artichokes, cotto ham, mushrooms; Individual – $19; Large – $31; Mezzo Metro – $41
Carciofi Pizza – white pizza, artichoke, fontina, mozzarella, truffle oil; Individual – $22; Large – $35; Mezzo Metro – $45
Margherita – tomato sauce, mozzarella, basil; Individual – $18; Large – $29; Mezzo Metro – $39
Paccheri alla Crema con Pollo – large macaroni tubes, cream, chicken, pancetta – $24.00
Pepperoni Pizza – tomato sauce, pepperoni, tomato, mozzarella; Individual – $21; Large – $33; Mezzo Metro – $45
Piatti Alla Parmigiana – Pollo – traditional preparation with chicken breast, tomato sauce, parmesan & mozzarella, served with roasted potatoes – $26.00
Piatti Alla Parmigiana – Tortino di Melanzane – traditional preparation with eggplant, tomato sauce, parmesan & mozzarella, served with roasted potatoes – $22.00
Piatti Alla Parmigiana – Vitello – traditional preparation with veal, tomato sauce, parmesan & mozzarella, served with roasted potatoes – $30.00
Piccante Pizza – tomato sauce, Italian spicy sausage, mozzarella; Individual – $21; Large – $31; Mezzo Metro – $41
Prosciutto e Melone Pizza – white pizza, fontina, mozzarella, prosciutto, cantaloupe, arugula; Individual – $25; Large – $36; Mezzo Metro – $48
Quattro Formaggi Pizza – white pizza, mozzarella, parmesan, fontina, provolone; Individual – $22; Large – $35; Mezzo Metro – $45
Pasta and Salads
Insalata di Cesare with Chicken – the classic caesar salad with chicken – $22.00
Insalata di Cesare with Shrimp – the classic caesar salad with shrimp – $24.00
Lasagne Verde – white lasagna, spinach, parmesan, ricotta, besciamella – $22.00
Linguine allo Scoglio – shrimp, clams, mussels & squid tossed with cherry tomatoes – $30.00
Spaghetti e Polpettine – hand-crafted veal meatballs & tomato sauce – $21.00
Piatti Alla Parmigiana – Pollo traditional preparation with chicken breast, tomato sauce, parmesan & mozzarella, served with roasted potatoes $26.00
Piatti Alla Parmigiana – Vitello traditional preparation with veal, tomato sauce, parmesan & mozzarella, served with roasted potatoes $30.00
Paccheri alla Crema con Pollo large macaroni tubes, cream, chicken, pancetta $24.00
Piatti Alla Parmigiana – Tortino di Melanzane with eggplant, tomato sauce, parmesan & mozzarella, served with roasted potatoes $22.00
Tiramisu – Mascarpone cream, espresso coffee, lady fingers, chocolate $9.00
Torta di “Mamma Rosaria” – Apple cake with almond sorbetto $8.00
Zeppole di Caterina – Ricotta cheese fritters, served with whipped cream and chocolate sauce $10.00
Coppa Brutti Ma Buoni – “Ugly But Good” Amarena cherry & vanilla gelato sundae $14.00
Gelati e Sorbetto – Vanilla, chocolate, pistachio, lemon sorbet $9.00
Gelato Frizzante – Ice Cream Soda “Italian Style” Made with San Pellegrino’s “Aranciata” and vanilla gelato $10.00
Our pick always has to be the classic Tiramisu.
Pizza Margarita with Fresh Mozzarella and Tomato Sauce $9.50
Spaghetti with Meatballs $9.50
Bocconcini – Breaded and fried Mozzarella bites $9.50
Coppetta di Gelato chocolate or vanilla Italian Sundae $8.00
Ruota di Carretto Vanilla Gelato Cookie Sundae $5.00
Tutto Italia Ristorante
The Epcot Italy Pavilion has two full service restaurants. Tutto Italia is the slightly more upscale venue of the two choices. There is a large dining room which is filled with lots of authentic Italian decor. The huge murals on the wall add to the sense that you are dining somewhere in Italy. If you possibly can, request a seat out on the piazza. We much prefer the ambience out here and of course you can enjoy some people watching whilst you have your meal.
Grande Antipasto Misto – Chefs selection of various appetizers and specialties, a generous platter served family-style. Serves Two $29.00
Prosciutto di Parma – Parma ham, Ricotta, dried figs $18.00
Tortino di Zucchine – Baked zucchini, pomodoro, mozzarella, Parmesan $13.00
Fior di Latte Mozzarella – Roasted sweet peppers, basil, Maldon sea salt, extra virgin olive oil $14.00
Calamari Fritti – Marinara piccante $16.00
Pasta e Fagioli – Pasta and bean soup $9.00
Pollo – Chopped grilled chicken, romaine, radicchio, apple, fennel, avocado, golden raisin, spring onion, citrus vinaigrette $21.00
Caesar Salad – Romaine wedge, olive crostini, shaved Parmesan $19.00
Tonno – Sicilian tuna, arugula, frisee, tomato, red onion, capers, olives $20.00
Caprese Panini – Thick-cut tomato, basil, Fior di Latte Mozzarella, oregano, extra virgin olive oil $19.00
Salumiere Panini – Mortadella, soppressata, finocchiona, Provolone, olivada $22.00
Porchetta Panini – Roasted pork, Fontina, pickled peppers, arugula, garlic mayonnaise $20.00
Pasta “Tutto Italia”
Lasagna alla Bolognese – Traditional preparation from Emilia-Romagna with beef sauce, bechamel, Parmesan $27.00
Tortiglioni – Large macaroni, lamb ragû, taggiasche olives, feta cheese $26.00
Risotto di Zucca con Gamberi – Arborio rice, butternut squash, shrimp $31.00
Ziti – Sweet sausage, caramelized onions, creamy sauce $25.00
Spaghetti – Beef and veal meatballs, pomodoro sauce $22.00
Fettuccine Campagnole – Arugula and basil pesto, spinach, burrata cheese $27.00
Involtini di Melanzane alla Parmigiana – Eggplant, ricotta, mushroom, parmesan, tomato sauce $26.00
Tortellini di Ricotta – Peas, prosciutto, parmesan cream $27.00
Pesce e Carne
Salmone – Grilled salmon filet, braised fennel and oven-roasted tomatoes in a white wine sauce $27.00
Bistecca – Black Angus rib-eye, rosemary potatoes, agrodolce cipolline onions $35.00
Scaloppine di Pollo – Chicken scaloppine, cremini mushrooms, Marsala sauce $25.00
Mocha Tiramisu – Mascarpone, Espresso, Savoiardi biscuits, chocolate $12.00
Bacio al Cioccolato – Warm hazelnut chocolate cake, vanilla gelato, chocolate sauce $14.00
Cannoli – Crisp pastry filled with sweet Ricotta, chocolate, candied orange $10.00
Panna Cotta Delle Langhe – Vanilla and chocolate panna cotta with fresh strawberry compote and crumbled almond-hazelnut meringue cookies (Gluten-free) $13.00
Torta di Ricotta – Lemon Ricotta cheesecake, marinated strawberries $12.00
Seasonal Fruit Cocktail $6.00
Minestrone Soup $6.00
Strawberry Salad – Romaine, strawberries, Mozzarella $6.00
Chicken Tenders – with fresh green beans. Includes a complimentary beverage with purchase of entrée – Juice, Bottle Water, or 1% Milk (refills not included) $10.00
Mozzarella Sticks – with a side of tomato sauce. Includes a complimentary beverage with purchase of entrée – Juice, Bottle Water, or 1% Milk (refills not included) $10.00
Pan Seared Pizza – Cheese or Pepperoni. Includes a complimentary beverage with purchase of entrée – Juice, Bottle Water, or 1% Milk (refills not included) $10.00
Spaghetti – with tomato sauce and meatballs. Includes a complimentary beverage with purchase of entrée – Juice, Bottle Water, or 1% Milk (refills not included) $10.00
Italian Gelati or Sorbetti $5.00
Italian Gelato Sundae $5.00
Tortina al Cioccolato – Italian chocolate cupcake $5.00
Tutto Gusto Wine Cellar
If you want to drink a great glass of win and enjoy some small plates you should check out the Tutto Gusto Wine Cellar. Surprisingly this delightful venue is often overlooked by visitors to Epcot Italy. This is a great place to spend some time and enjoy some downtime and rest your tired feet when you are visiting World Showcase.
There is a choice of over 200 bottle of Italian wine. The atmosphere is casual and relaxed. The setting is reminiscent of a small Italian wine cellar. You can enjoy wines by the glass or the bottle. There is also a Grand Tour Wine Flight available for $30 which includes six 2oz pours for you to sample. Specialty cocktails and beer are also available.
The Tutto Gusto Wine Cellar also serves food. Unfortunately they do not participate in the Disney Dining Plan. This is definitely a place that we recommend if you are not on the plan. The standard of the food is very good. They serve Appetizer plates for two people which are priced from $25.00 to $27.00. The plates include selected imported Italian meats and cheese. They also have a menu of Small Plates which include:
Gamberetti Cavatappi – corkscrew-shaped pasta with shrimp, calabrian chili, garlic, pomodorini $16.00
Ragu d’Agnello – tossed with lamb ragu and pecorino $14.00
Meatballs Parmigiana – pane di casa, tomato, mozzarella cheese $12.00
Meatball Sliders – homemade focaccia, tomato sauce, mozzarella cheese $11.00
Ravioli di Ricotta – with chicken, prosciutto, parmesan cream $16.00
Insalata di Aragosta – lobster, candied beet, grapefruit supreme, arugula, frisee, citrus vinaigrette $26.00
You can also choose a Panini for $8.00 to $14.00 with a selection of cheese and meat fillings.
This is also a great place to enjoy an Italian dessert. The selection includes:
Canolli crisp pastry, sweet ricotta, chocolate, candied orange $10.00
Strawberries with Mascarpone Cream $3.50
Mocha Tiramisu – marscapone cream, espresso, Savoiardi biscuits, chocolate $3.50
Nutella Chocolate Cake $3.50
Panna Cotta – chocolate and vanilla $3.50
Snacks at Epcot Italy
A visit to Epcot Italy would not be complete without enjoying some authentic Gelato. There is a snack kiosk called Gelati where you can enjoy this purest of Italian indulgences. They also serve a Gelato Sandwich if you like your ice cream in a chocolate chip cookie dessert. We also recommend the Cannoli and Tiramisu. You would expect the coffee to be great from the Italian Pavillion in Epcot, but unfortunately it really isn’t that good.
There is often available seating close to the Neptune Fountain. It is good to sit here and enjoy a snack and some people watching.
Shopping in Epcot Italy
Il Bel Cristallo is the pink building located on the left hand side as you stand in front of the Italian Epcot Pavilion. This has clothes, perfume, jewelry, and bags. Our favorite section is at the back of the store with the display of authentic Venetian masks. Everything in the store is authentically Italian. Some of it is a little pricey, but you are sure to be able to find something that you like.
The other store is La Bottega Italiana. This has a lot of very tempting kitchen items. The prices are pretty reasonable and you will find some things that you can’t buy anywhere else. There is also a large selection of wine on sale. You can sample some of them in their wine tasting selection.
Epcot Italy at Night
The experience of Epcot Italy is very different at night. When the sun goes down you can see very different elements of the architecture. Epcot Italy used to be a great place to watch the Epcot Illuminations, but unfortunately these days the best spot, which is close to the gondolas on the Lagoon, is now used for Illuminations dessert parties or wedding parties. The space between Italy and America on World Showcase Lagoon is still a good place to watch. As always, get a spot early and make sure there aren’t any trees blocking your view.
If you have seen Illuminations before and want a very different view point, but you aren’t worried about missing all the action on the Lagoon itself, Italy is a peaceful place to watch away from the crowds. You won’t see all of the fireworks but it can be a place far away from the crowds.
Epcot Italy – Conclusion
Epcot Italy is one of the most visually stunning of all of the Epcot Pavilions. It really does capture the feeling of this beautiful and historic country. Make sure that you make time to spend just simply taking everything in here. Sit and people watch in St Mark’s Square. Enjoy a gelato or a glass of wine. There isn’t an attraction here, but in some ways that is a good thing as everyone here is just visiting and passing through without a line to join.
We hope that you enjoy Epcot Italy. Tell us what you think in our comments section.