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A Grand Opening for Via Napoli

Pam Brandon

by , Food Writer, Walt Disney World Resort and Disneyland Resort

Via Napoli Opening

Cue a horse-drawn carriage with Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse in festive Italian attire … a comical Italian grape-stomping … a fanciful ribbon cutting … Thursday’s celebration made for fun to officially open the doors of Via Napoli, the newest Epcot restaurant located in the Italy Pavilion.

On hand were Dan Cockerell, vice president of Epcot; Nick Valenti, CEO of Patina Restaurant Group (PRG), which operates Via Napoli; and Chef Joachim Splichal, founder of PRG and one of the most talented chefs on the American culinary scene. Among guests we sighted Paul Bocuse, the legendary French chef who opened Les Chefs de France at the Epcot France Pavilion. Architects, designers and others who created the light-filled restaurant were celebrating en masse.

Though official opening is not until Sept. 10, the restaurant is welcoming walk-ins. You can start making reservations today for Sept. 10 and thereafter (407-WDW-DINE).

Pizzas were flying as news cameras roamed the restaurant to record the happy occasion. Here are some photos shot by our own Disney crew:

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  • these are the most greatest day,s of my life

  • We will be there 10/1 how will the dining plan work with the pizzas? Thanks…can NOT wait!

  • We have reservations for Christmas eve dinner there! So excited!!! 😉 Wondering if we’ll be able to link our reservation to the candlelight procession???

  • Via Napoli looks beautiful! Can’t wait to have a meal there on our next visit.

  • I made my reservation this morning for my trip in September. Looks wonderful! Love Minnie and Mickey’s Italian costumes!!!

  • I’ve got my ressies for Sept. 17th. Can’t wait!

  • I’d like to have one of those Mickey shaped pizzas. Was that made special for this event, or will it be offered on the standard menu?

    • The Mickey-shaped pizza was made just for the grand opening.

  • I hope you are going to have photo ops with Mickey and Minnie in their festive Italian attire!!

  • I just made our ADR for our October trip!

  • Made mine as soon as I saw facebook posting for Oct 3rd. I am excited.

  • Just booked a table for sept! cant wait……….

  • A few years ago on the Backstage Magic tour they went through costuming and they said they make all the costumes for events, ports of call, etc.. for Mickey and Minnie as needed for each event. They said it was expensive, so it’s nice to see something in Epcot getting that level of attention.

  • I made my reservation this morning. I can;t wait until September!!!

  • I was at the grand opening yesterday (even participated in the pre-ceremony entertainment) and had a great time. I can’t wait until I get the chance to book an ADR to get the full Via Napoli experience.

  • made our reservations this morning. can’t wait til December!

  • Is there outside seating?

    • Yes, tables under cover but outdoors!

  • Where is this located in connection with Tutto Italia? Next to it, on the side of it. Trying to guess by the pictures given and having a hard time registering where that is.

    It looks beautiful and I love the mouth brick ovens! Can’t wait to try it out first hand in October.

    • Via Napoli is at the bak of the pavilion space, to the right of Tutto Italia.

  • Just made mine for January.

  • can’t wait to go looks like fun.


  • You CAN make them online today! I made mine this morning! I wouldn’t wait, though…a lot of people have been waiting for today to come (the first day to make reservations). I’d think that they will go quickly, especially for travel this fall!

  • My daughter and I will be arriving on monday aug 9….hopefully we will be able to “walk-in” !!!
    I am so excited !!!

  • When can we make reservations online?

  • Very exciting. I made my reservations today for our family trip in December. Cant wait to try those authentic looking pies!

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