Please welcome our very special Guest today! Marilyn Robertson is an agent with our fabulous sponsor, 3D Travel Company, and has visited Walt Disney World Resort many times. Follow Marilyn on Facebook to find the latest Disney Travel offerings. She will be kicking off our cyber tour of Epcot’s World Showcase with a visit to the Italy Pavilion. Thanks for joining us today, Marilyn!
Buon Gironio (“Hello” in Italian)! Thanks for joining me on a mini tour of the Italy Pavilion in Epcot’s World Showcase!
The Italy Pavilion is one of my favorite places to explore in the World Showcase. Why? Walt Disney World pays such close attention to details it is easy to feel like you have stepped into the beautiful country of Italy itself! There is one building that made me stop and stare at it the first time I saw it. It is a replica of the Doge’s Palace that can be found in Venice, Italy. I love the arches and the cut out areas above the columns. The building is truly a work of art. It houses a boutique in which you will find tastes and items unique to Italy.
Walk toward the middle of the pavilion and you will find the Plaza del Teatro. Make sure that you take the time to look around you. The buildings, sculpture, and fountain surrounding the plaza are simply beautiful and are fashioned after the buildings that are found in Venice and Rome. Don’t forget to stop to have your photo taken in front of the Neptune Fountain (reminiscent of the Trevi Fountain in Rome). It might be a good idea to throw a coin in the Neptune Fountain to ensure a return to the Italy Pavilion just like they throw coins in the Trevi Fountain in Rome!
The Italy Pavilion also is the home of one of my favorite Epcot restaurants, the Via Napoli Pizzeria e Ristorante. You won’t find another like it anywhere else in the world! Nowhere else will you find authentic Southern Italian food with three wood burning ovens that pay tribute to the three active volcanoes in Italy, Etna, Vesuvio, and Stomboli.
You can dine on entrees such as Lasagna Verde (spinach lasagna), Spaghetti e Polpettine (veal meatballs & tomato sauce over spaghetti), chicken parmigiana, and of course authentic Neapolitan pizza that is baked in one of the wood burning ovens. The restaurant goes to great lengths to make the pizza as authentic as possible. They import Caputo flour from Southern Italy, use San Marzano tomatoes, handmade mozzarella, and water from a Pennsylvanian spring. Why water from Pennsylvania? It is similar to the water found in Italy’s Campania region. No detail is too small for Via Napoli Pizzeria e Ristorante! The kitchen has an open format so that you can walk up and watch the chefs prepare your meal and place it in the oven too.
This is what my yummy pizza looked like. It was a mixture of different types of cheeses. I also think they serve the best ice tea on Disney property here too!
Sadly, it is now time for me to say arrivederci (“good-bye” in Italian). Wish I could meet you at the Via Napoli Pizzeria e Ristorante for lunch right now! Thank you for going to the Italy Pavilion in Epcot’s World Showcase with me today!
Thank you so much for being our Guest today, Marilyn! We may just take you up on that lunch offer at The Ultimate Field Trip in September!
Make an Italian pizza pie from scratch! Simply Recipes has a delicious recipe with detailed instructions for making both the crust (to hand-toss) and the sauce and toppings. A baking stone is recommended for that Italian authenticity, but it’s still doable without one.
Here’s the ingredients, you’ll need, and the complete recipe is here at Simply Recipes.
Pizza Dough: Makes enough dough for two 10-12 inch pizzas
- 1 1/2 cups warm water (105°F-115°F)
- 1 package (2 1/4 teaspoons) of active dry yeast (check the expiration date on the package)
- 3 1/2 cups bread flour (can use all-purpose but bread flour will give you a crisper crust)
- 2 Tbsp olive oil
- 2 teaspoons salt
- 1 teaspoon sugar
- Olive oil
- Cornmeal (to slide the pizza onto the pizza stone)
- Tomato sauce (purée)
- Mozzarella or Parmesan cheese, shredded
- Feta cheese
- Mushrooms, thinly sliced
- Bell peppers, stems and seeds removed, thinly sliced
- Italian sausage, cooked ahead
- Chopped fresh basil
- Pepperoni, thinly sliced
- Onions, thinly sliced
- Sliced ham
SCHOOL SUBJECT: Home Economics
SKILL LEVEL: Middle Grades