Readers' Opinions

From Joshua Counsil on August 5, 2010 at 6:33 PM
Thank you, Disney. Good choice. It's not fine enough to deter picky guests, but it is authentic enough to attract someone looking for a quality meal.

These Neapolitan pizza joints have become rather popular in a lot of major cities. There were at least two or three in D.C. on my visit in the winter. The pizzas are fresher and lighter than a typical American pizza, usually served with a good selection of micro-brewed beers. On that note, any word on the booze selection, Robert?

From Robert Niles on August 5, 2010 at 6:55 PM
Eight cocktails, seven "signature" drinks (including a Napolitini - with vodka, limoncello and vermouth), four sparking wines, two house wines, 11 white wines and 11 reds. Most of the wines are available by the glass, quartino and bottle.

Also three beers, plus La Rossa ("now debuting only at Via Napoli!"), an "amber-colored double malt Italian lager."

From Robert Niles on August 5, 2010 at 7:19 PM
I sampled four of the pizzas. My favorites were the Margherita and the Carciofi, which I found delightful - the artichoke and truffle oil played together nicely, over a light cheese and crust foundation.

I found the Quattro Formaggi just too much cheese for my taste. And I found it nearly impossible to engineer getting a bit of both the prosciutto and the melon into each bite when eating the Prosciutto e Melone. Too fussy.

But my favorite item was the fritto misto, as you might already have guessed. :-)

From Anthony Murphy on August 5, 2010 at 10:07 PM
Maybe there will be good Pizza in FL finally ;)

I have always thought that Italy needed to show off their pizza and how its different from American Pizza.

I think it will do fine because many that come from WDW are from the East Coast and will be a bit familiar with this style of pizza. I know what to expect anyway!

From Andy Guinigundo on August 6, 2010 at 12:53 PM
The food in the pics I have seen does look good.

BUT, there is so much good Italian in so many places, why should I go to WDW and eat (really expensive) Italian? EPCOT can be such a food adventure, I say stretch you food palette and eat something you haven't had.

Try Morocco. Go take a shuttle boat to The Boardwalk and go to Cat Cora's Kouzinna. Visit a fairly authentic-looking pub in Rose and Crown.

From Mark Hollamon on August 6, 2010 at 6:23 AM
Hey Anthony- I haven't tried Via Napoli yet, but it definitely won't be a "finally good pizza in Florida" experience! You obviously have not sampled pizza in Orlando which rivals pizza I have tasted anywhere in the world including Chicago(which by way isn't all that and I am from Chicago).

Next time you are in town try to include a trip to Gino's. You won't be disappointed (and I don't work for Gino's!) and that is just one of the many fine pizza eateries in O-Town!

Of course, I cannot wait to try Via Napoli. I will write a review by the end of August!

From 24.45.195.253 on August 6, 2010 at 7:25 AM
Quick question -- sorry if you've already mentioned this, but is the table-service, sit-down Italian restaurant still open? We really like that one. Just checking. Thanks.
From Robert Niles on August 6, 2010 at 7:47 AM
Yes, Tutto Italiano remains open, also under the management of the Patina Group. I'd recommend that restaurant if you're looking for pasta, or a meat or seafood dish. Save Via Napoli for pizza and fritto misto.
From Joshua Counsil on August 6, 2010 at 8:25 AM
Andy -
I have tried Morocco. It's disappointingly unadventurous. Frankly, the pizza here looks more diverse than the options at Marrakesh.
From Andy Guinigundo on August 6, 2010 at 12:53 PM
Marrakesh not your thing? Try the quick service Tangierine Café or get a dessert crepe from the stand outside France or pony up to the tequila bar in Mexico.

I guess if you live in a place like LA, NY, or Chicago, you have very diverse eating opportunities. I don't. I love Italian as much (or more) than the next guy, but sometimes I like to try something different. EPCOT offers that - an international festival every day of the year!

From Jerry S on August 7, 2010 at 12:12 PM
When does it open???????????
From Robert Niles on August 8, 2010 at 8:11 AM
It's open now.