Construction walls have been looming over the facade of Tutto Italia while Disney’s fairies prepare a whole new dining experience for Walt Disney World. The resort’s first in-park wine bar, Tutto Gusto, will open this May inside the Italy pavilion inside EPCOT Center.
Gusto is moving into the former lobby space of Tutto Italia and will extend back toward Via Napoli. The 96-seat Tutto Gusto promises a more intimate space inspired by an Italian wine cellar with stone walls and floors, and vaulted ceilings and a fireplace in the dining room.
As for food options, there’s a small-plate menu that takes guests on a fabulous culinary tour of Italy. There are six sections and all sorts of wonderful tastes: Affettati (cured, sliced meats); Formaggi (Italian cheeses); Panini (sandwiches); Piccoli Piatti (small plates); Cavatappi (a type of pasta), and Dolci (sweets).
With more than two dozen small plates with everything from a taste of prosciutto de Parma to creamy burrata cheese and mussels with white wine, we can’t wait for a taste. The pasta dishes all are made with cavatappi, a corkscrew-shaped pasta, and include three versions: tomato and bufala mozzarella; shrimp, chilis, garlic and tomato; and arugula, potato, pancetta, tomatoes and asiago cheese. Classic Italian!
And let’s not forget the drinks. More than 200 Italian wines, including sparkling, reds and whites, and beers such as La Rossa, Moretti and Menabrea will be offered. Grappas – a distilled drink made from what remains of grapes after they have been pressed for winemaking – will be another specialty, or just sip an espresso or cappuccino.
Tutto Gusto’s hours will be 11:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. Will I see you there?