EPCOT is one of the most popular destinations for Disney foodies.
But if you have your heart set on Italian food at EPCOT, remember that it’s best to make plans ahead of time and make a reservation in the Disney app as soon as possible.
However, there is good news for those who do not always plan ahead. More on that below.
Does EPCOT have an Italian restaurant?
Yes, in fact, EPCOT has two Italian restaurants in the Italy pavilion of the World Showcase. One of the restaurants has an additional lounge.
Both restaurants are considered table service restaurants and will require an advanced dining reservation.
You can make a reservation and view the entire menu for either restaurant in the My Disney Experience app.
Likewise, this is also the best place to find the most up-to-date service hours.
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1. Tutto Italia Ristorante
This restaurant typically opens in the late afternoon for lunch service and transitions to dinner after an hour or two.
It remains open until the park closes. Once you enter the Italy pavilion, Tutto Italia will be on your left past the bell tower.
The menu features classic Italian fare across multiple courses. For the first course, or antipasti, choose between appetizer favorites like Caesar Salad with cherry tomatoes or Calamari Fritti.
The “Fior di Latte” Caprese is a true taste of Italy. The dish also has the colors of the Italian flag: red, green and white.
It features bright red vine-ripened tomatoes, fresh green basil and traditional white mozzarella (Fior di Latte) cheese are dressed with Tuscan olive oil and sea salt flakes.
Tutto Italia entrees
For your next course, options include classic Italian entrees such as Chicken Parmigiana or Pan Seared Salmon with asparagus in an herb sauce.
The Manzo Brasato is a braised beef short rib served with mushroom ravioli in a red wine sauce. There’s also a New York Strip served with rosemary potatoes.
The Gnocchi Sorrentina consists of potato dumplings and roasted tomatoes tossed with Pomodoro sauce and topped with burrata cheese.
Pasta lovers will also be pleased to find an entire section of the menu devoted to the Italian staple.
The Spaghetti is also tossed in a Pomodoro sauce with meatballs made from a blend of beef, veal and pork. If you’re not an expert on Italian cuisine, Pomodoro sauce is a tomato sauce similar to marinara.
The main difference is in its texture. Pomodoro sauce is thicker and smoother than marinara sauce because it’s cooked for a longer period of time.
Other pasta dishes on the menu at Tutto Italia include Fettucini and Lasagne alla Bolognese.
The kid’s menu offers chicken tenders, spaghetti, cheese or pepperoni pizza, or mozzarella sticks.
Desserts options at Tutto Italia
Finish your feast with desserts including Gelati e Sorbetti, (chocolate, vanilla, strawberry or lemon) Torta di Ricotta, Tiramisu or Cannoli.
Or as an alternative, visit Gelateria Toscana for a frozen dessert treat. This quick service spot is near the front of the Italy pavilion right next to the Joffrey’s in the American pavilion.
They serve gelato and sorbet in cups or waffle cones.
View the full menu online here.
2. Tutto Gusto Wine Cellar
Disney considers Tutto Gusto Wine Cellar a lounge, which means that advanced dining reservations are not required.
Typically, lounges share a kitchen with a table service restaurant.
For example, Animal Kingdom’s popular Nomad Lounge shares a kitchen with Tiffin’s Restaurant. Lounges offer extensive drink menus and a scaled-down food menu that shares items from the adjacent restaurant.
Tutto Gusto Wine Cellar serves most of the same items you’ll find on the menu at Tutto Italia Ristorante.
This makes it a great option for spontaneous guests who don’t have an advanced dining reservation but still want a taste of Italy.
3. Via Napoli Ristorante e Pizzeria
Another restaurant in the Italy pavilion is the Via Napoli Ristorante e Pizzeria. The menu at Via Napoli is inspired by cuisine from southern Italy. It includes pasta, salads, entrees and desserts.
The menu is similar to the one at Tutto Italia and includes Italian appetizers like Calamari Fritti, Mozzarella Caprese and Tagliere for two.
Tagliere is an Italian charcuterie with cured meats, cheeses, olives and other savory morsels. Via Napoli also serves salads and pasta dishes like tortellini, spaghetti and ravioli.
Main course options include Branzino or Mediterranean sea bass, Chicken Parmesan and Filetto di Manzo beef fillet served with fingerling potatoes and roasted vegetables.
However, their specialty is the authentic Naples-style pizzas that are prepared in a wood-burning oven. It’s located at the very back of the pavilion beside the Tutto Gusto Wine Cellar.
For example, one popular menu item is the Quattro Formaggi Pizza. This white pizza has four kinds of cheese: mozzarella, parmesan, fontina and provolone.
Like all of the specialty pizzas on the menu, this pizza comes in individual, large or mezzo metro sizes. Mezzo metro is a half meter in diameter (approximately 20 inches).
The Carciofi Pizza is a white pizza with artichoke, fontina, mozzarella and truffle oil.
The Prosciutto e Melone Pizza features prosciutto, cantaloupe, arugula, fontina and mozzarella with white sauce. They also offer larger shareable salads to complement your pizza.
View the menu online here.
Is Via Napoli owned by Disney?
According to Disney’s website, Via Napoli is operated by the Patina Restaurant Group. The group also operates two additional restaurants: Naples Ristorante e Pizzeria at California’s Disneyland Resort and Naples 45 Ristorante e Pizzeria in New York City.
Outside EPCOT, there are also several noteworthy Italian restaurants. Trattoria Al Forno is located on Disney’s Boardwalk.
It’s a quick walk from EPCOT’s International Gateway entrance between the France and United Kingdom pavilions.
What Italian restaurants are at Disney Springs?
Pizza Ponte is a quick-service pizza restaurant located in The Landing area of Disney Springs. They serve Sicilian-style pizza by the slice, made-to-order Italian sandwiches and fresh salads. They also offer classic Italian desserts like tiramisu and cannoli.
If you’re craving a sweet Italian treat at Disney Springs, check out Vivoli il Gelato. Also located in The Landing, this quick service spot serves authentic gelato, sorbetto and espresso drinks.
Additionally, Disney Springs boasts three Italian table service dining options: Terralina Crafted Italian, Maria & Enzo’s Ristorante and Enzo’s Hideaway.
Is there a Gusteau’s restaurant in Disney World?
There’s not an actual Gusteau’s in Disney World. However, part of the new Remy’s Ratatouille Adventure ride takes place within Gusteau’s Restaurant.
The ride is located within the France Pavilion of EPCOT’s World Showcase.
The ride offers Ratatouille fans an immersive experience that takes them inside the restaurant’s pantry, kitchen and dining room.
You can also spot the restaurant sign hanging in the distance past the entrance to the attraction.
Do you have a favorite Italian restaurant at EPCOT? Let us know in the comments!