It’s officially the most wonderful time of year in Epcot. The Epcot International Food & Wine Festival kicked off on September 14th. The festival will last 62 days this year (ending on November 14th) so you still have plenty of time to enjoy the 30 global marketplaces. Today we are going to be focusing our attention on the Italy Pavilion and what you can find at the festival and year round.
Italy Global Marketplace
Just outside of the pavilion on the World Showcase lagoon you’ll find the Italy Global Marketplace. The Food and Wine Festival booth features two dishes, a dessert, and lots of drink options. The Pennete alla Parmigiana, baked ziti and chicken parmigiana, tomato sauce, mozzarella and parmesan cheese, is the more “American” option while the Spezzatino alla Toscana con Polenta, Tuscan-style stew with carrots, mushrooms and crispy polenta, is more authentic Italian.
I tried Pennete alla Parmigiana. Chicken parmigiana isn’t really a favorite of mine but if you love it you won’t be disappointed. I heard rave reviews about the polenta (I don’t eat beef) so of the two I think it was more highly recommended. Since I love dessert I couldn’t pass up the chance to try the Cannoli al Cioccolato, chocolate-covered cannoli filled with sweet ricotta, chocolate and candied fruit. It was delish! They keep them nice and cool so it’s a nice treat on a hot Epcot afternoon.
To drink you’ll find:
- Moretti Lager
- Moretti La Rossa Double Malt Beer
- Pinot Grigio, Placido
- Chianti, Placido
- Prosecco, Fantinel Borgo
- Corbinello Spumante Dolce Rose, Monte Grande
- Fior d’Arancio Moscato Spumante, Monte Grande
- Frozen Margarita with Limoncello and Tequila
You can never go wrong with Prosecco! The Italian Margarita is also a must try.
Via Napoli Donkey Cart
Moving into the pavilion you’ll find the Via Napoli donkey cart to your right. The menu here recently changed and I love the new cocktail options. The Limoncello cocktail has limoncello, orange juice, pineapple juice, and peach puree. The Orangecello version has orangecello, orange juice, pineapple juice, and strawberry puree. Both were really good but the Limoncello was a little more tart, which I love. If you like your drinks on the sweeter side definitely give the Orangecello a try.
Via Napoli Pizza Window
Last, but certainly not least, is the Via Napoli pizza window. The window is going to be open now through January and would be a great quick service option. It features three different pizza options, a meatball sub, and another cannoli option. (Yum!) You’ll also find wine, beer, and cocktails to pair with your meal.
I tried the Pizza Margherita which is thick crust cheese pizza with tomato sauce and mozzarella. It was only a small sample but it was really good! And I promise I’m not exaggerating. I eat pizza at least once a week (it really should be it’s own food group) and I am really wishing I lived closer so I could eat it more often. 🙂 Pair it with the Prosecco. You won’t regret it.
The Italy Pavilion is a must stop on any visit to the World Showcase or during your Food & Wine tour. With so many options you are sure to find something for everyone. Plus, all of these great food and drinks don’t require a reservation!
Disclosure: I was invited to visit the Italy Pavilion for an event. Free samples were provided for the purpose of a review. Park admission and travel was at our own expense. As always, all opinions are my own!