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Carnevale Di Venezia at Epcot’s Italy Pavilion

Thomas Smith

by , Editorial Content Director, Disney Parks

Carnevale Di Venezia at Epcot's Italy Pavilion
Like many of you, I can’t wait to visit the new pizzeria coming to Epcot’s Italy Pavilion. But there’s another “must do” at Italy…and it’s happening this month — Carnevale Di Venezia. Beginning February 8, the “Carnival of Venice” celebration will feature special chef-inspired lunch and dinner menus at the Tutto Italia presented by servers wearing those amazing handmade Venetian masks masks and costumes. The strolling musical trio “Viva Venezia” will also serenade you during dinners.
Fileto di Pesce al Melograno
Menus at the event include an appetizer, entrée and dessert.

  • Lunch ($19 per guest) will be served daily from 11:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
  • Dinner ($29 per guest) will be served from 4:30 p.m. to 8:45 p.m.

Carnevale di Venezia runs through February 16. If you’re interested in learning more about the event, call (407) WDW-DINE (939-3463).

We’re sharing the recipe for the Fileto Di Pesce Al Melograno (Halibut with Pomegranate Sauce). It’ll be featured during dinner service.

Serves 4

1 3/4 pounds halibut fillet (1 1/2 inches thick), cut into 4 even portions
Salt and pepper
2 tablespoons olive oil

Pomegranate Sauce
1/4 cup dry white wine
2 tablespoons chopped shallots
1/2 cup heavy cream
1/2 cup pure pomegranate juice
1 tablespoon butter

For the halibut:

  1. Season the halibut with salt and pepper.
  2. Heat olive oil in large frying pan over medium-high heat until just starting to smoke.
  3. Carefully place the halibut in the oil and cook for 4minutes each side, turning once, until golden brown on each side.

For the pomegranate sauce:

  1. Boil wine and shallots over medium-high heat in heavy small saucepan for approximately 2 minutes or until most of wine has evaporated.
  2. Add heavy cream and pomegranate juice and bring to a boil for approximately 5 minutes or until reduced to 3/4 cup.
  3. Whisk in butter. Season to taste with salt and pepper.
  4. Spoon sauce over halibut before service.


  • Yum…Thanks for the recipe. This looks great.

  • This sounds so incredible! Naturally, the one year we’re not going in February! Does this event happen annually in February?

    • Can’t say for sure right now. They’re constantly exploring new experiences at the park. We’ll post updates on the blog.

  • Awwww shucks! i’ll miss that spectacular event, won’t be down until March. Looking forward to some authentic Italian cuisine. I am 100@ Italian, both parents from a small town south of Rome very close to Monte Casino! Bon appetite!

  • how long is the Carnivale going to last? We will be there Feb 12th.

    • Glad to hear you’ll be visiting. It runs through February 16.

  • Thanks for the info! I will be comming down on Monday Feb 8th to Epcot and couldn’t decide where to go for lunch and this has made up my mind!

    I love all of these little special events at the parks…especially at Epcot. I used to live in Italy and have never been to Carnivale in Venice, I will one day, but until then this will give me a little preview. Thanks again for the update!

    Plus I am very excited to have a glass of the delicious the Rosa Regale at La Bottega Italiana!

  • Where is my comment?

  • Is there a way to find out about other events happening during our stay? We will be @ Disney Feb 12-18

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