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Reservations Open Aug. 6 for Via Napoli

posted on July 19th, 2010 by Pam Brandon, Disney Parks Food Writer

Pizzeria at Epcot’s Italy Pavilion

The new restaurant at the Italy Pavilion at Epcot, Via Napoli, will begin taking reservations Aug. 6 for Sept. 10, the official opening day. A “Grand Opening” celebration will be Aug. 5, but the restaurant will be in a “soft opening” walk-in phase with no reservations between then and Sept. 10.

More answers to reader questions from the last blog post:

  • The restaurant is table service only, no quick service.
  • Disney Dining Plan is accepted (one point per person per meal).
  • The hottest menu item is the wood-fired pizza, and it comes in three sizes: individual; large with eight slices; and a “mezzo metro,” or half meter, that is 12 slices.
  • There is one menu for both lunch and dinner. Average check is around $23.
  • There are several vegetarian options, including the pizza Margherita, fusilli pasta in a Southern Italian-style pesto, salads, minestrone and more.
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Paul from ON on July 19th, 2010 at 11:27 am

Will there be any gluten-free options for pizza and/or pasta? I’m booking restaurants for our next trip and my mother has celiac.


Pam Brandon on July 19th, 2010 at 5:24 pm

Yes, there will be gluten-free options!


David on July 19th, 2010 at 11:35 am

Is that supposed to be September 5 not August 5?


Pam Brandon on July 19th, 2010 at 5:02 pm

No, Grand Opening is Aug. 5.


Jason from NJ on July 19th, 2010 at 11:48 am

It’s a shame I’d have to book an advanced reservation just to have a pizza pie for lunch. That’s not exactly the type of dining situation someone typically plots months in advanced. Would have loved to have been able to just get pizza arbitrarily and to check out the place. I wish Disney had factored in a more casual crowd for a clearly casual menu.


Mary from MN on July 19th, 2010 at 11:58 am

Very cool! Can’t wait to see the full menu with full prices!


Heather from TX on July 19th, 2010 at 12:17 pm

Along with “Paul from ON” will there be gluten free but also casein free options?


manchong on July 19th, 2010 at 1:23 pm

Me Too. I can’t wait to see the full menu.


Betsy from FL on July 19th, 2010 at 1:42 pm

Will the restaurant accept Tables in Wonderland discounts?


Pam Brandon on July 19th, 2010 at 5:23 pm

Via Napoli will honor:
Tables in Wonderland, Lunch and Dinner 20%
DVC Members, Lunch and Dinner 10%
Annual Pass holders, Monday – Friday, Lunch only 10%


Marilou from FL on July 19th, 2010 at 1:47 pm

Will they be taking reservations through the internet or will we need to call the dining reservation line??


Pam Brandon on July 19th, 2010 at 5:03 pm

Cal 407-WDW-DINE


Massimo from TO on July 19th, 2010 at 2:03 pm

Wonderful news! Just a quick note: I’m from Italy and minestrone is correctly spelled with one “n”. Minnestrone, as you wrote, is not correct.


Pam Brandon on July 19th, 2010 at 5:04 pm

Thank you!


Brett on July 19th, 2010 at 2:41 pm

Soooo, maybe I’m confused. The first sentence says it will be taking reservations from Aug 6th to Sept 10th, but the next sentence says that there will be no reservations (only walk-in) during this same time-frame.

Which is it? I’m coming down the World during that time and am super excited about this.


Brett on July 19th, 2010 at 3:57 pm

Nevermind… I figured it out. :)


Erica on July 19th, 2010 at 4:58 pm

I second the request for information about gluten-free food. I am gluten intolerant, and I would love to eat here with my family!


Paul from ON on July 19th, 2010 at 5:32 pm

maybe the soup should be called “Minniestrone”.


Nicholas from IN on July 19th, 2010 at 5:38 pm

Pam, any word on a children’s menu?


Sarah on July 19th, 2010 at 5:53 pm

I can’t wait to book this restaurant. This place sounds like it will be the real deal when it comes to authentic Italian pizza. What a great addition to the World Showcase!


kathryn on July 19th, 2010 at 5:54 pm

will you be able to take out pizza? Not liking the idea of having to always make a reservation.


Pam Brandon on July 19th, 2010 at 6:34 pm

No take-out pizza.


Daniel on July 19th, 2010 at 5:59 pm

How will the Large and 1/2 meter pizzas work with the Dining Plan? Will they count as an entree for a set number of people?


Pam Brandon on July 19th, 2010 at 6:52 pm

Details still being worked out.


Tom on July 19th, 2010 at 6:01 pm

We will be in WDW in August and would LOVE to try Via Napoli! When you say there will be a soft opening, with a walk-in phase, does that mean everyday? What hours will we be able to walk-in?


Pam Brandon on July 19th, 2010 at 6:35 pm

Every day during lunch and dinner service.


Michael on July 19th, 2010 at 6:37 pm

It seems to me that this can’t be used as a counter service is that correct?


Pam Brandon on July 19th, 2010 at 8:10 pm

Table service.


Barbara on July 19th, 2010 at 6:57 pm

This sounds great! We love real Italian pizza. and we love all italian food. Do you know of any other menu items? Will they serve alcohol? Have to have a really good wine!! :)


Pam Brandon on July 19th, 2010 at 8:11 pm

Hope to share menu next week. And they will serve wine.


Ralph from NJ on July 19th, 2010 at 8:31 pm

Is this in addition to Tutto Italia? I love TI, it’s my new favorite.


Pam Brandon on July 20th, 2010 at 10:22 am

In addition, yes.


Michelle on July 19th, 2010 at 9:01 pm

My husband and I can’t wait!!! my mouth is watering. I think this is a GREAT idea. It is so hard to find “Good” pizza, and I know Disney is gonna do this right. Looking forward to the menu next week :)


Sarah on July 19th, 2010 at 9:21 pm

I’m also curious as to gluten free options. If there is gluten free pizza, will it be the same frozen pizza available at the counter service places, or will it be made the same as the menu options?

We’ll be back to visit WDW at the end of Sept and would love to try a new restaurant, but I’m not sure how I’d feel about trying a new place when we already have so many wonderful options available at EPCOT.


Skip from FL on July 19th, 2010 at 10:52 pm

#13 Paul – clever!


Rhonda from IL on July 19th, 2010 at 11:21 pm

Just curious as to the thought of having two table service restaurants at Italy and no counter service option? I’m a little disappointed as I originally thought Via Napoli would offer both counter and table service options (similar to Yak & Yeti).


paula on July 20th, 2010 at 4:05 am

Allears has a pre opening menu posted without prices..


Carol on July 20th, 2010 at 7:35 am

I am allergic to garlic, yet some Italian restaurants are okay with me, cause they add the garlic to dishes, rather than preparing all the sauces with it. This way they can just leave it out. Will there be an opportunity for ordering any dishes (like margherita pizza) without garlic? Thanks.


Pam Brandon on July 20th, 2010 at 10:23 am

Yes! Address any allergies with your server.


Debra from MN on July 20th, 2010 at 8:42 am

Will they have any tomato-free pizzas? Garlic white sauce/olive oil? We have tomato allergies in our family.


Valanie from TX on July 20th, 2010 at 8:48 am

Will there ever be a quick service counter here? Italy and Canada are still the only WS pavilions with no quick service options. Not a big deal at dinner, but I agree with kathryn, I’d hate to have to make a ressie for pizza 180 days out. Maybe they can switch over from QS to table service the way they intend to do at the Cantina in Mexico.


Pam Brandon on July 20th, 2010 at 12:34 pm

No quick service.


Marisa on July 20th, 2010 at 10:43 am

Sounds exciting……..can’t wait to try this new restaurant


Denise from CO on July 20th, 2010 at 11:57 am

Aw, I’m another one that was really looking forward to having a pizza counter service option in Italy. We tend to only book 4 or so table service places for a week long trip, not highly likely I’d use one of them on a pizza restaurant.


Hannah on July 20th, 2010 at 1:06 pm

We will be coming down to WDW in late August on the Disney Dining Plan. And we were wondering how will the Disney Dining Plan work when ordering the larger pizzas.



maribeth on July 20th, 2010 at 2:58 pm

When will we be able to book reservations for this? We are coming in December and want to get an ADR for it.


Pam Brandon on July 20th, 2010 at 7:30 pm

Aug. 6


Hollis from MD on July 20th, 2010 at 3:25 pm

Okay, sorry if I am slow, but when can reservations be made for dates after September 30? We would like to eat there in December.


Pam Brandon on July 20th, 2010 at 7:29 pm

All reservations can be made Aug. 6 — but only for dates after Sept. 10. So you can make your December reservation then.


Amy on July 20th, 2010 at 5:41 pm

Ditto on the counter service request. It seems odd that there isn’t a counter service option with pizza by the slice, especially at lunchtime. I don’t see us eating here anytime soon. There are too many other less common options for table service dining in WDW than pizza and pasta.


Robert from PA on July 21st, 2010 at 10:30 am

I’m in the restaurant business I can tell you that this style pizza is meant to be cooked to order and consumed on site. There are serious quality issues if wood-fired pizza is used for takeout/slices. The pizza will not taste the same if re-heated or if left sitting around.

I know other restaurants that sell wood-fired pizza do this but I would imagine Disney standards are much higher.


Laura from NJ on July 21st, 2010 at 6:37 pm

Are you going to accept same-day reservations for guests traveling in late August? It would be nice to make a reservation during the day for dinner later that night. thanks!


Kimberly on July 23rd, 2010 at 2:16 pm

Any word on when we can reserve at the new “La Hacienda”?


JANET on July 23rd, 2010 at 2:31 pm

Will there be any outdoor dining at Via Napoli? We are vegan. Any options available?


Nancy on July 26th, 2010 at 10:16 am

Can’t wait to try it!


Donna on July 26th, 2010 at 3:44 pm

I’m wondering, along with Kimberly, when will we be able to begin reserving for the new “La Hacienda” restaurant? I understand it is set to open September 16.


michelle from NY on July 26th, 2010 at 5:09 pm

Will there be other things on the menu other then pizza? ex: Fried Calamari, Pasta and chicken dishes?


jamie from NY on August 6th, 2010 at 11:40 am

you can search via napoli menu online and it has a link to show the whole menu along with prices…for a personal pie its 15, a regular 8 slice pie is 25 and a 12 slice pie is 34 pretty reasonable along with the other dishes i cant wait to try it:)


PAGE from SC on August 11th, 2010 at 7:52 pm

Hub and I are vegetarian – so glad there will more than one option for us on this menu!