Our next stop on our Journey around World Showcase is Italy. We didn't stop in the America Pavillion because we had reservations for dinner in Italy.
The Italian Pavilion has no attractions --but they do have food.
Via Napoli was our destination --and I guess this could just as easily have been a restaurant review since our time in Italy was all about Pizza.
An Italian waiter took our order and suggested items we may like with an authentic accent. As I mentioned before one of the little details that makes Epcot so cool is the cast members from the actual countries. The pizza was excellent. My wife and I got a Carciofi Pizza --which was a white pizza with artichoke, fontina, mozzarella and truffle oil. It was absolutely incredible. To drink with it I went a little outside the box and got a Bellini --which I heard about from Lou Mongello on WDW Radio Live Restaurant review. That podcast by Lou is below (of you don't listen to WDW Radio you should be). Lou was right it was great!
The Italy Pavilion features elements from all over Italy including a re-creation of Mark's Campanile Bell Tower (which is also a prominent feature at the Venetian in Las Vegas.
Here are a couple pictures of the some of the entertainment that marches its way through the Italy pavilion during the day. The Flag waving act called Sbandieratori Di Sansepolcro features hand painted flags and costumes. This reflects a tradition that is over 500 years old and can be seen throughout the day at the pavilion.
I wish we could have spent even more time in Italy. I could probably eat in Italy at least three days in a row. Tutto Italia's menu also looks excellent and we may need to get back to go there next time.
For the Flower and Garden Festival a Lady and The Tramp topiary greets those in Italy.
The Pavilion also features several small stores that carry Italian Merchanside such as soaps, Venetian masks, chocolates and Italian wines and much more. We didn't even see the shops because we had our eyes on something from our vacation bucket list. We wanted to make a brief stop at the Wine Cellar that was added last year. I'll feature this in a separate blog. We sat outside and had a glass of Italian wine since the kids were tired from walking half way around the world. If we didn't have more countries to try and see and the kids were at home I could have seen us relaxing in Italy for awhile inside the wine bar.