Mangia With The Mouse: Exploring Disney's Italian Options

With the exception of the obvious (that being the Italy Pavilion of the EPCOT World Showcase), Walt Disney World is not precisely overrun with options for Italian dining. That said, there are enough scattered around the resort area to allow for ample satisfaction of errant yearnings for pizza, gelato and the like. First, a little round-up of the biggies in EPCOT'S Italy. Aside from the Italian foodstuffs available in the La Bottega Italiana (this shop sells non-food items, as well, but a hat-tip is deserved for its selection of Italian chocolate in particular), this Pavilion is unsurprisingly the best set-up for your cannoli cravings. Via Napoli, a beautiful, soaring eatery, is perhaps best-known for its pizza which many Disney aficionados say is the park's best by far. Tutto Italia offers what could be described as a more intimate fine-dining experience. Its sister establishment, the Tutto Gusto Wine Cellar, is a wonderful stop on the "drink around the world" EPCOT journey, but for its small plates and shareable dishes. The Italian wine flights don't hurt, either. At Disney's Hollywood Studios, Mama Melrose's Ristorante Italiano is a venerable favorite – and a must-stop for novelty dessert lovers. Its signature "On Top of Spaghetti" cupcake is a sweet hat-tip to "Lady & the Tramp" and a foodie photo-op if ever there was.

Magic Kingdom ®

Bright and sunny and awash with the romance of the Disney classic "Lady and the Tramp," Tony's Town Square is a wonderfully casual eatery in the heart of the Magic Kingdom. Themed in part on the romance of that ubiquitous scene where Tramp and...  Read More

Disney's Hollywood Studios™

You can love Disney for a zillion things, of course, but they do have a Ph.D. in "back story." Mama Melrose, you see, was a would-be starlet who came to Hollywood (ahem, Studios) to pursue fame on the silver screen. Turned out, though, that...  Read More

Walt Disney World ®

This beautifully appointed restaurant on Disney's BoardWalk showcases cuisine from a host of Italian regions along with more than 70 bottles of imported wines, 25 of which are available by the glass. Begin your meal with a bottle or a quartino...  Read More

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This Orlando venture, located inside the Walt Disney World Swan hotel, is an off-shoot of the famed New York restaurant which dominated critics' lists for decades. The menu here pulls from the Abruzzi region and is complemented by a dining room...  Read More

Disney Springs ®

When this family-run gelato shop that's been a favorite in Florence for some 85 years finally decided to open a second location, they went seriously big. Bringing their brand of gelati, sorbetti and other wonderful treats to Disney Springs is a...  Read More

Benvenuto in Italia! Tutto Italia welcomes you to the nation by way of the Italy Pavilion in the EPCOT World Showcase, of course, but like Via Napoli, it makes a great show of its authentic touches. First and foremost, that comes in the form of...  Read More

Located adjacent to Tutto Italia in the Italy portion of EPCOT's World Showcase, Tutto Gusto Wine Cellar is a intimate eatery offering small plates, hundreds of wines by the bottle or glass and an array of other refreshing beverages, as well....  Read More

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In the morning, Ravello plays host to breakfast for guests at the Four Seasons Resort Orlando at Walt Disney World Resort (character breakfasts, even!); but come evening the menu gets the boot. And by boot, we mean it heads straight to Italy....  Read More

Epcot ®

Visitors to EPCOT expect, rightfully, to get authentic cuisine in the various international pavilions around the park. Located in "Italy," Via Napoli Ristorante e Pizzeria delivers the sauce for certain, but its thin-crust pizza, which bakes in...  Read More


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