Take a culinary tour of southern Italy, crafted by famed restaurateur Nick Valenti. Enjoy authentic pastas, salads, gelato and Neapolitan, wood-fired pizza. Via Napoli Ristorante e Pizzeria, the newest restaurant to join the Italy Pavilion at Epcot theme park, is open for lunch and dinner.
Start with a traditional appetizer, including Sicilian eggplant with olives and raisins, fagiolini bean salad, fried saffron risotto balls and corn-crusted fried calamari.
You'll want to sample all of the classical Neapolitan pizzas, ranging from pizza bianca, quattro stagioni, piccante and ortolano to an unforgettable margherita. Delicious main courses include pastas, spinach lasagna, parmigiana dishes and chopped calamari, chicken and steak salads.
For dessert, treat yourself to gelato, tiramisù, zeppole di ricotta and apple cake with almond sorbet.
Authentic Neapolitan Pizzas
The delicious pizzas are made with real caputo flour imported from Southern Italy, San Marzano tomatoes, handmade mozzarella and water from a local spring similar to Italy's Campania region. They are cooked in authentic wood-burning ovens named after the 3 active volcanoes in Italy—Mount Etna, Mount Vesuvius and Stromboli.
To ensure every detail is perfect, Nick Valenti spent time in Naples studying the art of dough, crust, sauce and oven temperatures at the famous pizzerias Da Michele and Trianon.