Via Napoli opens on August 5, 2010 for dinner service. Reservations will be taken starting August 6. 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, the newest restaurant to join the Epcot Italy Pavilion, 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.
Check out these videos from our friend Leff Lange. For pictures be sure to visit Jeff over at Mousesteps.
Patina Restaurant Group
Via Napoli was created by the renowned Patina Restaurant Group, which also operates the popular Naples Ristorante e Pizzeria at the Disneyland Resort and the Naples 45 Ristorante e Pizzeria in New York City, which was awarded the coveted La Vera Pizza Napoletana certification.
Photo credit Jeff Lange