Via Napoli is a restaurant in the Italy pavilion of the Epcot park at Disney World. They serve Southern Italian style food and they specialize in wood fire pizzas. The restaurant is very large and airy and they have three massive wood fire ovens along one side of the restaurant.
At Via Napoli, they source ingredients like San Marzano tomatoes and Caputo flour from Italy. They even use special water to make the dough that resembles the spring water used in certain areas of Italy to ensure an authentic experience.
My family shared a red sangria pitcher. I prefer white wine, but I still really like red sangria. The jug had big chunks of fruit in it and it had the perfect balance of tartness and sweetness. The jug is also a pretty good deal and worth it if you have a couple of people at the table who want to share it.
The arancini ($11) are fried risotto balls stuffed with mozzarella and a meat ragù. These little balls were delicious. They were pretty light and not too greasy considering they were fried.
There was just enough cheese and meat filling inside to add some flavour and richness. The tomato sauce they were laying in was great.
One downside is that the size of this dish was pretty small, which made it a bit awkward to share among five people.
The calamari fritti ($14) was crusted in a corn batter and served with a side of spicy tomato dipping sauce. The calamari was cooked well and the batter was light and crispy. The spicy tomato sauce wasn’t overly spicy, but it had nice flavour and it complimented the squid well. This is a solid appetizer that is good for sharing.
Lastly we shared the margherita pizza. You can order all of their pizzas in either individual, large, or mezze metro size. We ordered the mezze metro ($39), which is meant to be shared among 3-5 people. For big eaters, this pizza would probably fill up closer to three people.
I was surprised at how well they executed the pizza. It had the perfect char on the outside and even in the centre, it was not soggy at all. The dough was thin and chewy.
There were good proportions of sauce and cheese so that the pizza wasn’t too heavy and weighed down. The sauce had a distinct sweetness from the San Marzano tomatoes.
Via Napoli really impressed me and it is safe to say that this was some of the best pizza I have ever had (which is extra impressive considering it is in a theme park). The appetizers were also good, but the pizza was the star of the evening and definitely what you should come here to eat.
Yes, for amazing Neapolitan style pizza.