The EPCOT Food & Wine Festival is well underway pleasing guest’s palates as they journey around the World Showcase and into Future World. We were recently invited to sample the new Food and Wine Festival dining options at the Italy Pavilion including dishes from Tutto… Read More »EPCOT Food & Wine Highlight: Italy Pavilion
Editor note: Please welcome guest author Sarah Maw. She joins us from Total Orlando. We recently were invited to special meal at Via Napoli Ristorante Pizzeria marking the restaurant’s millionth pizza! The beautifully themed restaurant is located in the Italian Pavilion area of the World… Read More »Review: Via Napoli serves 1 millionth pizza in EPCOT’s Italy Pavilion
It was four years ago today that the Patina group brought its first restaurant to Orlando. For years, the team at Patina Group has been a bastion of tasty food and excellent service in New York and Los Angeles; Via Napoli brought that same high… Read More »Patina Group’s Via Napoli celebrates 4 years at EPCOT
There’s a lot of magic going on at Walt Disney World, sometimes you have to stop and slow things down to see exactly how much. Disney has just released this video that features some slo-mo footage of pizza being prepared at Via Napoli, the Patina… Read More »Slow Motion Pizza at Via Napoli
I’m putting this video up here not just because the Pizza from Via Napoli is so good, but because it really looks like these cast members are having a ton of fun. The ‘Cuisine Queens’ are a self-labeled group of cast members that are having… Read More »Via Napoli hosts Disney’s Cuisine Queens
Charlie Restivo, Executive Chef and Head Pizzaiolo, Via Napoli (Photo by Preston C. Mack ) Although one is tempted to say Disney’s theme park restaurants exist separately from the rest of the world, they can live and die on the quality of the Chef and… Read More »EPCOT welcomes Chef Charlie Restivo at Via Napoli
Filling a void of mid-range priced eateries, the Patina Restaurant Group will open a new casual pizzeria August 5th, called Via Napoli, adjacent to Tutto Italia Ristorante, its restaurant in the Italy pavilion in Epcot® World Showcase at Walt Disney World® Resort. This will be the first authentic Italian pizzeria to ever open in the park.
Restaurateur and longtime Patina Restaurant Group CEO Nick Valenti created the Via Napoli concept, based upon his travels in Southern Italy and his time developing and overseeing the successful Naples 45 Ristorante e Pizzeria in New York which was awarded the coveted certification of “La Vera Pizza Napoletana.” While in Naples, Valenti spent time studying the art of dough, crust, sauce and oven temperatures at the famous pizzerias Da Michele and Trianon. At Da Ettore, he discovered the art of pagnotiello, a folded round of pizza dough filled with mozzarella, ham and mushrooms.
“I have always loved the beauty of a simple Neapolitan pizza,” Valenti says. “It’s a perfect food, something beloved by both Italians and Americans. At Via Napoli we will make pizza the traditional Neapolitan way: with a textured, soft and charred crust. I look forward to bringing it to Walt Disney World, where it should be a welcome addition to guests visiting Epcot.”
For reservations at Via Napoli, please call (407) WDW-DINE / (407) 939-3463
Please note, between August 2 and September 9, 2010, guests will be accommodated on a walk-in basis only. Beginning August 6, 2010, reservations will be accepted for dates September 10th and later.