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Via Napoli wins Best Amusement Park Restaurant

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Find the winner at Epcot's Italy pavilion

Gone are the days when amusement park food consisted of overpriced hot dogs and cotton candy. These 10 amusement park restaurants were nominated by a panel of industry experts and voted best in the U.S. for their food, atmosphere and service.

  • Via Napoli
    Epcot

    Hearty pastas, wood-fired pizzas and other Southern Italian favorites fill the menu at Via Napoli in Epcot's Italy Pavilion. This casual and family-friendly eatery also serves Italian wines, beers (by the pint or pitcher) and specialty cocktails.
    Photo courtesy of Walt Disney World

  • Cesari's Pizza
    Knoebels

    Cesari’s Pizza is a fan favorite at Pennsylvania’s Knoebels amusement park. The menu features freshly made pizza by the pie or the slice, as well as calzones, stromboli, pickle on a stick and cannoli for dessert.
    Photo courtesy of iStock / JoelBoily

  • Chef Art Smith's Homecomin'
    Disney Springs

    Farm-to-fork cuisine gets the Disney treatment at Chef Art Smith's Homecomin' in Disney Springs. Inspired by the flavors of Florida, the menu features dishes like shrimp & grits, fried chicken, deviled eggs and fried green tomatoes, all out of an open kitchen. An outside patio offers views of the springs.
    Photo courtesy of Todd Anderson / Walt Disney World Resort

  • The Cowfish Sushi Burger Bar
    Universal CityWalk

    Sushi and burgers might seem like an odd combo but it works at The Cowfish (hence its name). The focus is on delivering the best of both worlds though they collide on the signature Burgushi menu, which features sushi rolls with hamburger-style ingredients among other combined delights. Despite the varied menu, ingredients are fresh and never frozen. The drink menus also heave with milkshake and sake options.
    Photo courtesy of Universal Orlando ResortUniversal Orlando Resort

  • Be Our Guest Restaurant
    Magic Kingdom

    Named for the famous “Be Our Guest” scene in Beauty and the Beastthis dining experience at Magic Kingdom Park features three different themed rooms including a magnificent ballroom, the Beast’s West Wing study and the Castle Gallery designed as a replica of Belle’s private library. The same menu of American and French cuisine is featured throughout with quick-service ordering by tablets at each table during lunch and breakfast. Dinner is a more formal sit-down affair.
    Photo courtesy of Matt Stroshane / Walt Disney World

  • Mrs. Knott's Chicken Dinner Restaurant
    Knott's Berry Farm

    This family restaurant at Knott's Berry Farm has been serving famous chicken, biscuits, and boysenberry pie since 1934, back when Mrs. Knott did all of the cooking. Since then, it’s estimated that over 20 million people have eaten chicken dinners here but current offerings include farm fresh breakfasts and family-style meals as well as salad and gluten-free options.
    Photo courtesy of Knott's Berry Farm

  • Boma Flavors of Africa
    Disney's Animal Kingdom

    With decor resembling an African marketplace, guests at Boma dine on dishes from over 50 countries in Africa as well as American classics at all-you-care-to-enjoy breakfast and dinner buffets. Rotisseries and wood-burning grills as well as a variety of South African wines add to the sensory experience at what is regarded as one of the most unique restaurants at Walt Disney World Resort.
    Photo courtesy of Walt Disney World

  • California Grill
    Disney's Contemporary Resort

    Guests dining at the California Grill enjoy views over Seven Seas Lagoon and Magic Kingdom Park as they feast on classic Californian cooking. Open for brunch and dinner, this fine dining establishment offers a menu of items like wood-fired pizzas, hand-rolled sushi, seafood, steaks, and fresh pasta.
    Photo courtesy of Kent Phillips / Walt Disney World Resort

  • Three Broomsticks
    Universal Studios Hollywood

    If you've ever wondered what a Butterbeer tastes like, head to Three Broomsticks within Universal Studios Hollywood's The Wizarding World of Harry Potter. Cast-iron chandeliers and weathered wood beams recreate the famous watering hole, while the menu showcases British fare like fish & chips or shepherd's pie.
    Photo courtesy of David Sprague/Universal Studios Hollywood

  • Sci-Fi Dine-In Theater
    Disney's Hollywood Studios

    This guest favorite restaurant at Disney's Hollywood Studios recreates the experience of a 1950s drive-in movie theater. Diners sit at tables shaped like classic cars, watch kitschy sci-fi movie clips and dine on nostalgic comfort foods like burgers, onion rings, wedge salads and warm glazed doughnuts.
    Photo courtesy of Walt Disney World Resort

The top 10 winners in the category Best Amusement Park Restaurant are as follows:

  1. Via Napoli - Epcot
  2. Cesari's Pizza - Knoebels
  3. Chef Art Smith's Homecomin' - Disney Springs
  4. The Cowfish Sushi Burger Bar - Universal CityWalk
  5. Be Our Guest Restaurant - Magic Kingdom
  6. Mrs. Knott's Chicken Dinner Restaurant - Knott's Berry Farm
  7. Boma Flavors of Africa - Disney's Animal Kingdom
  8. California Grill - Disney's Contemporary Resort
  9. Three Broomsticks - Universal Studios Hollywood
  10. Sci-Fi Dine-In Theater - Disney's Hollywood Studios

A panel of experts partnered with 10Best editors to pick the initial 20 nominees, and the top 10 winners were determined by popular vote.

Congratulations to all these winning restaurants!

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