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Recently, Bryson and I dined at Tutto Italia in the Italy Pavilion, inside World Showcase at Epcot in Walt Disney World.
There are several places to eat inside the Italy pavilion and Tutto Italia is one of them! There is a wine bar called Tutto Gusto that is actually attached to Tutto Italia and resembles an old wine cellar but you can actually order off of the Tutto Italia menu over at Tutto Gusto.
Tutto Italia is the fancier restaurant in Italy. It is not a signature restaurant so if you are on the dining plan, it will not cost you two dining credits, it will only be one table service dining credit but it is going to be a sit down restaurant that includes pastas, appetizers, a great Italian wine selection and more.
We dined at Tutto Italia for dinner and we actually snagged a reservation about 30 minutes prior to going in.
They are open daily for lunch and dinner. Lunch is served from 11:30 am until 3:30 pm and they serve dinner form 4:30 pm until 8:30 pm.
The appetizers on the lunch and dinner menus are quite similar. There is an antipasto that serves two that comes with a variety of Italian specialties and appetizers. Arancini, which are fried risotto balls mixed with shrimp and lobster, calamari and pasta e fagioli.
The dinner menu appetizers also include a seafood salad with shrimp, squid and octopus as well as caprese salad and an arugula salad with mozzerella and melon called Arucola e mozzerella. We ordered the caprese and the mozzerella was amazing. A super simple dish with fresh tomatoes and melt in your mouth mozzerella with a drizzle of olive oil salt and pepper. If you like caprese, you will love this, it is simple but the flavors are delicious and when you use fresh, top of the line ingrediets, which it felt like they did, it is out of this world.
The lunch menu offers a variety of panini selections, salads, pastas and meat options that include the Pollo, a salad with chopped grilled chicken, romaine, radicchio, apple, fennel, avocado, golden raisins, spring onion and a citrus vinaigrette. The Porchetta panini has roasted pork and fontina cheese as well as pickled peppers, arugula and a garlic aioli.
For pasta, you can choose from Tortellini Panna e Prosciutto, a cheese filled tortellini pasta served with prosciutto, peas and a cream sauce, Risotto Con Gamberi a lemony risotto with shrimp and lobster and lasagna bolognese.
Meat and seafood option include a 12 oz grilled NY Strip, salmon and a shrimp scampi served over linguine.
The dinner menu is far more substantial. With no panini options, there are many more pasta and pesce e carne or seafood and meat options to choose from including items such as Lobster Ravioli, Tagliatelle with arugula and basic pesto and Ziti served with sweet Italian sausage and a creamy sauce.
For meat and seafood you have additions such as Zuppa de Pesce, a fish stew calamari, shrimp, clams and mussels and Osso Bucco, a large braised veal shank.
I ordered the Tagliatelle Campagnole which was a delicious, what tasted like, homemade pasta, with a rich and tangy basil pesto, arugula which gave it a peppery edge and a nice freshness, spinach and burrata cheese. Burrata cheese is a soft cheese, similar to a ricotta with a mild taste but it is absolutely delicious and gave the dish the perfect creamy compliment when mixed into the pasta with the tangy, zingy pesto and the greens. It was fresh, it was light but definitely substantial.
Bryson ordered the Involtini di Melanzane alla Parmigiana. Or eggplant parmesan. This was a good portion of breaded eggplant that is fried and served with their pomodoro sauce which is a tomato sauce, ricotta and mushrooms. It also came with a side of spaghetti with pomodoro sauce. He enjoyed it. He had never had eggplant parmesan before, he usually gets chicken, but he liked it and he even said that he didn’t miss the meat because the eggplant was thick and “meaty”.
Prices at Tutto Italia range from $15-$34.99 for entree options. At the beginning of your meal, you get bread and green olives with olive oil and of course you can always ask for more.
There were two types of bread when we dined there, we received ciabatta rolls and then also a sliced bread with a nice soft and chewy inside and a nice crispy crust on the outside.
I get that olive oil is probably quite authentic but I would have loved a nice balsamic vinegar and some parmesan to go with the oil.
For dessert, of course they have tiramisu and cannoli. The cannoli come indivdually and are of course, filled with sweetened ricotta. chocolate chips, candied orange and pistachio. They also have a lemon ricotta cheesecake and a gluten free chocolate cake with hazelnut and vanilla gelato.
Overall, the food was good. If you are going to eat anywhere in Epcot, go to Via Napoli but it is one of the more popular restaurants in Epcot so if you are craving Italian, it is an excellent choice. The food is good, not out of this world but good. We were there at the end of the night and we sat on the patio and got to experience IllumiNations from dinner which was fun.
We were not wowed at all by this but I would still go back. The food felt authentic and it was definitely fresh. If you have picky eaters, they will most likely find items here because they have traditional items, us Americans know well and then for more adventurous eaters, you will find some items to suit your palate too.
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